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Old 06-09-2019, 06:01 PM   #1
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Wanting to learn how to forge at my age?


OK, since I have nothing but time on my hand since my forced retirement, I have been watching all sorts of strange shows on TV. Anything from Hallmark movies to true crime drama.

One thing that I came across was forged in fire. (and similar shows) The idea of taking a lump of something and through the process of heat and pressure, turning it into something of beautiful functionality had really sparked my interest.

I came across a channel on You Tube about a kid from the UK named Alec Steele who knew from a young age that he wanted to be a blacksmith. The stuff he learned to make was incredible.

So, since I am over 60. And in relatively adequate health. (if you consider overweight, asthmatic, and forgetful adequate that is) Should I build a forge and try my hand at making nothing into something?

I have welded before, a long time ago, and it was stick welding. None of this fancy mig or tig suff. Should I learn to do that first?

I really want to learn to damascus and make my own chef's knife.

Do you think I have a shot or should I just go back to TV and YouTube?

Thanks for your insights, Ktown
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Old 06-09-2019, 06:29 PM   #2
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I would start with a club first and try to learn a little so you get a better feel for equipment you need or want for what you want to do.

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Re: Wanting to learn how to forge at my age?


I have watched that show and it is interesting. There is another similar (don't know what network-might be HGTV) that involves glass blowing, which absolutely fascinates me.


I tend to agree with Neal in perhaps finding a club, or even a farrier or smithy who might let you hang around. true forge work involves a lot of heavy tools in a high heat environment, so I think it would helpful if you could handle it before you go all in.


I'm similar; over 60, reasonable health (not over weight or asthmatic) and I don't think my body would be thrilled pounding a couple of pound hammer on a repeated basis, certainly not without working up to it.
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Every one wants to be just like Burt Reynolds.

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