RicelandMeadows


Around the Fire
January 6, 2020, 1:46 pm
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forge2020

January 6, 2020

Our current weather can be explained in just one word…mud. The temperatures have been mostly warm (40’s F), but very unseasonable. We get frequent rain showers instead of our usual winter snows. Some folks are happily saying, ” at least we don’t have to shovel rain.” As for me, I am ready for colder temps and frozen ground.

We work horses when we can doing odd jobs and monkey business. It helps make the doldrums of the dreary days pass. On other days, I have been working in the forge shop. I get enjoyment in creating things. I am working on a set of shelf brackets in the photo.

I have a few other projects ready to go. The steel has been cut to length and my crude drawings litter my workbench. I enjoy this hobby very much. It is nice to have a place to work on these winter days. After all, who doesn’t like sitting around a fire?

 



Artistic?
May 26, 2018, 12:32 pm
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coldcowboy

May 26, 2018

I worked in the forge room the other night. I scavenged a couple old horseshoes, a rock and a washer. I made this old cowboy warming himself by the fire. My daughter-in-law says that his fire needs some help, but you get the idea. I thought he was neat. One of my friends said that he could see my artistic side coming out! I never thought about it that way. I can usually just bend words in a pleasing way…this steel bending is very new to me.

ralphforge

I will say that I am enjoying this new hobby. Now that I am retired, I have more time to work and play with it. I can see a whole world opening up. This hobby is only limited by a man’s imagination. I should be fine, because my imagination is practically limitless!

The fields are drying out. Our planting will commence soon. The garden too will be off and growing soon. Hay fields are looking very good and the pastures are lush with grass. The timber harvest is started, so my forge time is on hold a bit. I don’t mind. I waited for a long time to do this, so working it in around my other passions, is no problem.



She’s a Hot One!
December 11, 2017, 7:06 pm
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propaneforge

December 11, 2017

Thanks to a friend of mine named Ed, I now am the proud owner of a propane forge. The forge was made from an old air tank. The directions came from YouTube, along with some modifications by Ed. I had gathered all of the materials before I got laid up. Ed built this in one rainy day, in my shop.

The table was a scrap table bought at a second hand store. The angle iron and old horse shoe that makes up the bracket, came from my scrap pile. The rest of the needed items I bought off E-Bay. The photo above was taken right after curing the mortar. That mortar was applied as a slurry, allowed to dry for a day, then cured with the burner in the forge.

Soon, I will be able to forge handmade items for family and friends. I am looking forward to this new hobby. I have a long way to go, but this little forge will make it possible to learn. Thanks Ed!