If you’ve been following along with us, you know that I’ve been contemplating a career change as we look to make the move to the farm (at some point).
I explored a few possibilities, but came back to teaching blacksmithing. As I said before, I had a friend ask me months ago about it and I kind of put him off. But it kept coming back to me. I then started seriously thinking it out. I was worried about whether or not I would have any other students than just him.
Then, the other day, I was grading a training exercise when another co-worker who works in another divisionof came up to me and said ” My 18 year old son watches Forged In Fire religiously, and now he thinks that you are some kind of celebrity now, and was really excited when I told him that I know you”. Then he delivered that universal slap upside the head by saying ” He really wants to learn how to be a blacksmith and would love to learn from you, just let me know what you would charge and I’ll pay for it”.
Well, if that wasn’t a sign then I don’t know what is.
So, I’ve got the majority of the paperwork in order, put together a lesson plan for the first basic class, and ordered a few small supplies.
I will hold that first class with 2 students. When, I don’t quite know yet, but soon. I have decided to pick up a couple more anvils. Even if, for some weird reason, I don’t keep teaching, I can still use the anvils.
I decided to go with the NC Tool company for the anvils. I can pick up two 77 pound anvils for just under $500
There are a number of brands out there, some good, but some bad. The main point I look for is steel vs cast iron as they stand up to abuse better and have a better rebound.
My current anvil is a NC Tool company “Cavalry” model at 112 pounds. I am super impressed with that joker. I have beat hot steel on that thing for hours on end, including using a 10 pound sledge hammer with a 12 inch handle (don’t ask, but good luck swinging that beast one handed for long!)
That’s my everyday shop buddy!
So, just a little more equipment to acquire and then I can get the show on the road. Slowly, but rolling.
So I guess thefarm point, is that sometimes, even when things seem off track, there can be a sign so obvious that can walk away with a concussion if you don’t see it coming. I didn’t see mine coming, but I’m aware of it now.
Hope you all have a beautiful week!