, a living museum of Colonial history, in Narrowsburg, NY. I am now an assistant director there, and the blacksmith. I love being a blacksmith. Really, it's like working with very hot play-doh. I love the sense of accomplishment when I finish a piece. I love developing my skill in shaping the metal to the precise shape I want. I love the feeling of creating something real, something useful, and something beautiful. I love being a maker.
Unfortunately, Fort Delaware is not open year round. So, come Labor Day, I will no longer have access to all the lovely tools provided by the fort. And even when I do have access to the tools, lovely though they are, they are also antiques, and thus limit what I can do with them. And, finally, whatever I do with the tools, whatever I make, is the property of the fort, and is sold by them for the benefit of the fort (Which I have no problem with. After all, they did provide me with all this wonderful stuff! Still, I would like to create things for myself, that are under my complete control.)
So I am turning to you, The Internet, to help me realize my dream- starting my own smithy. A smithy filled with simple, but useful, equipment that I can use to make real, useful, beautiful things for the world, on my own terms.
To do this, I am going to need a number of items, including a propane forge, a 100+ lbs. anvil, a heavy-duty vise, a belt grinder, some quality stock, and all the tongs, hammers, and other tools needed to get started on the right track. By my calculations, all of this should cost around $1600. In return for your contributions, you will get the rewards listed on this page.
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