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« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2008 07:01:10 PM »

You should be proud momma! You've done a fine job with that man of yours Smiley His work is amazing!

« Reply #11 on: May 12, 2008 07:08:08 PM »

He's only 15?! And already that good? You'd better be ready for the first year he goes and works at a ren faire or similar- he's going to have women in bustiers ALL over him! That's absolutely amazing!

...*goes to convince fiance to learn blacksmithing on the internets*
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« Reply #12 on: May 12, 2008 07:08:22 PM »

Have you ever heard of a rendezvous? I read your post and couldn't find it in there... if you mentioned it I'm sorry for being a dolt, lol). He could actually make and sell stuff at these. They're Mountain men and native american re-enactments. My dad and brother participate in them. My brother does the black smithing thing too. He was inspired by a man who calls himself Buffalo Man... my brother got the name Buffalo Chip. If you'd like some more information on he Rendezvous and see if your son wants to participate here's a link to my dad's website that's all about them: http://www.wizzywigweb.com/longshot/

Rendezvous are how my dad and my brother learned how to sew... they've both made themselves several outfits.

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« Reply #13 on: May 12, 2008 07:13:51 PM »

Your kid = my hero. I'm in awe of his ingenuity.

« Reply #14 on: May 12, 2008 07:32:16 PM »

You must be an awesome mom.

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« Reply #15 on: May 12, 2008 07:34:22 PM »

I had to call my mom and have her look at this, it is something my brother's would do. (I have one brother who became obsessed with vikings at age 16 and taught himself the Norse language, my other brother  participates in the randezvous that the previous poster mentioned and he has made himself several bows and arrows and sewn quivers and outfits, and he just turned 13) Tell him to keep up the good work! there are so many bad things 15 year olds can be getting into. It's so good that he found a great hobby
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« Reply #16 on: May 12, 2008 07:53:07 PM »

Thank you all for your kind comments and helpful suggestions.  My son is the coolest. He was determined to learn how to do this and figured it all out on his own!  He'd appreciate it if you let him know what you think about the objects he's made.  He wants input on what to do next. 

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« Reply #17 on: May 12, 2008 07:57:50 PM »

I actually have experience in the field of blacksmithing myself:) Being a crazy child, I decided at age 14 that I wanted to volunteer in a historical blacksmith shop. So, I contacted the parks service and did just that. For the past three summers ( I'm now 18), I've volunteered in a blacksmith shop, as the only female, and the only person under the age of 60. If your son has this opportunity, I'd highly suggest taking it. It's been one of the most rewarding things I've done (and counts as community service too). It's pretty impressive what your son has been able to do from scratch, especially the fire poker, which either required splitting or forge welding (kudos!), and the tongs. I've never been dedicated enough to make my own tools. I think the biggest improvement he could make would be to buy square stock- it makes everything a million times easier, and a million times prettier too, by allowing for even twists, etc. Not to mention you can get tons of different sizes, whereas rebar is pretty limited in variation. Steel stock is easier to come by than you might think- just snoop around. It would be a nice present for him, anyways. Gah, I've just realized how long I've been rambling on. Well, that's what happens when you're procrastinating. Sorry. Anyways, give your son my congratulations for taking the initiative to take on such a major project.
Oh, and as far as future projects, one thing that everybody seems to go apeshit over is copper ladles. It means hammering out sheet copper into a spoon/ladle form, and then attaching it to a smithed handle w/ galvanized nails. Feel free to have him contact me if he wants pics/ wants to know how to do it.
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« Reply #18 on: May 12, 2008 07:59:59 PM »

That is really awesome that he learned all of that from the internet. If he stays interested in blacksmithing he can go to college for it. I go to Southern Illinois University and it is one of the last colleges that offer blacksmithing. I am trying to decided if I want to go the blacksmithing rout or just metal smithing. I've just started the metals program there this semester.

« Reply #19 on: May 12, 2008 08:10:57 PM »

Your son is so cute~ My boyfriend did that too (used the internet to be a blacksmith I mean) he's 20 and he's nowhere NEAR doing anything other than turning old files into knives.
lol, maybe he'll teach you? nothing like a new craft
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