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January 24th, 2022. Capel Garmon Firedog - Lillies War group project blacksmith training workshops CANCELLED - Postponed Indefinitely. Let it be known here and now - I do NOT make any demands, nor will I enforce anyone elses demands requiring dangerous or unwanted medical procedures, nor will I ever enforce satanic conversion practices such as forced mask wearing or ritual satanic isolation and indoctrination. Not for any reason. Ever. Period. As of today ALL SCA-related workshops are cancelled indefinitely. The SCA board of directors is a group of nazi freaks with no medical training and they are pushing a requirement that all participants take the death vax, destroy their health, participate in their nazi show-me-your-papers-bitte games, forcing participants to wear diseased face diapers, and participate in their disgusting satanic distancing garbage. After months of preparation to finally open the Capel Garmon Firedog - Lillies War project training workshops, this series of workshops must now be cancelled indefinitely. My policy precludes me from making demands on participants that deliberately harm their health or well being or cause permanent injury or death, nor will I enforce such demands on behalf of others. The new policy dictated by the leftist freaks in the SCA board of directors do all of thoses things. We are witnessing the death of an organization that had been a lot of fun for a lot of years. One solution to this problem is to start an alternative group or community effort. Forget about what "they" are doing. We are the solution to the problem. We need only step up and do something. It's time for us to step up.

Good News: There is some very good news that comes out of this mess. The Firedog training events would have absorbed huge amounts of time and resources. Now the same time and resources can be directed exclusively to a much better series of workshops and seminars. Shop renovations are on temporary hold for now due to the need to finish renovating more rooms in the house, but sometime this spring shop renovation gets priority again. This only gets better. An old and fun organization has died, but a new one has been born. New upcoming classes and workshops will focus on ironwork that is a lot more fun to make and blacksmith work of a more practical use. Get ready. What is coming will be a game-changer. More on this later.

Sequence of shop updates. One of the first things readers saw on this page during the autumn and winter of of 2021 (below) were the updates on shop renovation. My shop was in a terrible dilapidated condition which created an uncomfortable and unsafe working environment. Renovation of the shop was/is the first step in eliminating these problems and preparing the shop for upcoming classes, workshops, seminars, and specifically the Capel Garmon workshops that I was planning to host beginning in autumn of 2022. Roof replacement and blown insulation was completed during December of 2020, and by early September of 2021 I had begun structural and electrical renovation. Shop renovation updates began appearing on my home page in October of 2021, and here on this page in early November. I had given myself a deadline of mid-June of 2022 to have the shop finished and ready for classes and workshops. I am still working towards that completion deadline.

The plan as of right now, is to be ready for workshops and seminars to begin in mid-autumn (sometime around October) of 2022. If everything works out as well as I hope, there will be a total of 3 forges in the shop, each with a good two-horn anvil. There are some tools that will need to be made prior to these workshops opening, such as anvil tools and tongs. These take some time to make and thus the need to finish shop renovation in summer - leaving time to make these tools later in early autumn before hosting workshops.

How has renovation work changed the shop environment so far? Even though renovation is only partially complete at this time, these improvements are far better than originally planned. One of the biggest problems was the lack of insulation and inability to heat the shop during the coldest part of winter. Even with renovation only partially complete, it is far easier and more economical now to heat the shop. This means workshops and seminars can be offered during the winter. Winter is actually a great time to for workshops and seminars because it is easier to control temperature, quite unlike summer. During winter, if the shop is too warm, simply open the doors enough to cool the shop down. If too cold, close the doors and let the fires warm it up again. Inusulation in the roof has also greatly improved summer tempertures inside the shop for at least a  few hours longer each day. Outdoor summer heat can't be stopped, but the heat radiated down through the roof as a result of summer sun is greatly reduced. I have not worked a forge inside the shop yet, so I don't truly know how heat from the forges will affect shop temperature during summer. This is why I am currently planning worshops and seminars for fall, winter, and spring. Any type of roof mounted ventilation to remove trapped hot air during summer events will have wait until next year.

Looking into the idea of hammer-ins. No plans as of yet. Only considering it.


 

January 1st, 2022 - Snow storm arrivesLumber moved inside - ready for winterTools and equipment ready for use in half of the shopJanuary 2nd. 2022. Shop renovation update. Most of the work planned for the second half of 2021 has been completed. The only items not finished are the rear half of the floor replacement and construction of new forge. These tasks will be completed in spring 2022.  Half of the shop floor space and most of the equipment is now accessible. The most difficult tasks of 2021 are now complete. New roof, new insulation, new windows and wall on one side of the shop. New electrical outlets on south side of shop. Equipment moved back to south side of shop. Ready for winter and ready for operation again.

In the photos at right, the near right photo shows equipment has been cleared out of the middle of the shop and a clear path is now available for walking through to the back of the shop. This was necessary for moving back and forth and carrying lumber sheeting to work on the rear wall of the shop. Drill presses are set up in their permanent positions and need only cleaned and oiled to begin working again. Hand cranked drill is moved to the rear wall near a window. If power goes out, I now have access to this drill for repair work. Welding table is moved to its permanent position and welding equipment needs only cleaning and they are ready for use. Those dark rusty objects in front of the welding table are a pair of Edwards Shears awaiting replacement blades. Very heavy and difficult to move. I'll find a place for them later. Air hammer can now be operated again for maintenance. Triangular vise bench has been moved to allow the vise to be closer to the new windows - more light for repair work if power goes out. Anvils moved to temporary location for easy use when needed, and out of the way during construction in rear half of shop. Basically everything in the middle and the left half of the photo is ready for full use again.    In middle photo, lumber has been brought inside. Ready for winter.    And the final photo (at far right) was taken just 8 hours later on New Year's Day 2022 - Snow storm!

Shop renovation will now stop temporarily while I begin working on house again. Two rooms of house almost complete and need only drywall sanded and painted and new electric outlets installed, and then 2 more need only electrical outlets finished. Then start on 3 more - full tear down to the frame, and rebuild. Shop renovation is still on schedule to be completed sometime in the upcoming spring of 2022.   BUT this might possibly be delayed until late spring or early smmer because I must speed up some of the renovations in the house.

It was necessary to finish enough of the renovation work to allow equipment to be cleared out of the middle of the building, so that all lumber and tools could be moved inside before the snow flies. We were lucky this year to have snow come so late. It allowed a large part of the renovation to be done while these things were stored outside. Weather suddenly became very cold during the last two weeks of December. Working longer and longer hours became necessary to finish enough of this project to get to a stopping point.

At 12 o'clock, midnight December 31st, 2021 - New Year's Eve, the shop was finally cleaned up enough to allow space for lumber and equipment to be brought inside. And not a moment too soon. By early morning on the following day - New Year's Day (January 1st, 2022) the snow came. We had roughly 9 inches of snow that day, and temperatures dropped to sub-zero that night. But the lumber is inside and there is enough space to work inside the shop and continue renovation during cold and inclement weather.

New walls, new spray-foam insulation all around, and new fiberglass insulation in the walls, have all contributed to making it much faste and easier to heat the shop with a smaller fire consuming less wood. On December 31st, the temperature was 5 degrees (F) and dropping fast. Before shop renovation this would have meant a cold shop that would have taken hours to warm up enough to work bare handed, and doors would have been sealed shut to try to conserve some of the heat. But now because of the new insulation and new walls, I needed only a tiny fire to keep enough heat to do much of the work. New walls also meant more light. Previously the old dilapidated walls absorbed so much light and caused the shop to be very dark and gloomy at night. The new walls reflect much of this light back into the shop now.

New electrical outlets were upgraded to heavier circuits for higher loads and these circuits are up to building code for improved safety. The number of outlets were increased so that there would be plenty of open outlets despite some outlets being blocked by equipment. This is why there appears to be an excessive number of outlets in the photos - because there really is an excessive number of outlets built into the walls. Cover any outlet up, and another is just a few feet away in either direction. Steel outlet cover plates protect the outlets, reducing the likelyhood of an outlet cover being broken when struck by something.

Winter is finally here. The vaccinated have a lot to fear this winter. Don't be one of the stupid sheeple. Don't take the fake "vaccine". It's called a bio-weapon for a reason. The vaccinated covidiots are called "mudbloods" for a reason. Look at blood samples of an injected sheeple under a microscope. Compare with blood samples from purebloods. The damage to the blood is shockingly horrific. Upon injection with the fake "vaccine," their blood curdles and turns literally into a sort of mud. The fake vaccine causes all sorts of other auto-immunity, and immune system damage, and cancer problems that I won't describe here. There is no cure for the damage caused by the "vaccine" bio-weapon. There is no antidote. Quit believing the lying quacks in the fake news. A die-off is coming - but it is the vaccinated who have a real reason to fear. The disease is a hoax created to frighten sheeple into taking the bio-weapon. All "C.o.V.ID" tests are a fraud. Notice the spelling? It's not a name of a thing! Look at the original spelling - C.o.V.ID. Certificate of Vaccination ID. It's NOT a virus!!! It's a vaccine passport program. I have worked closely with "infected" covidiots for 2 years now. If the disease was actually a real disease, and the disease was super-contagious as we have been told repeatedly, then I should have caught the disease and died 2 years ago. I am not immune to it. It is simply not real. You can't catch the fake virus. It's a lie designed to frighten sheeple into taking a bio-weapon that they think will protect them from their big bad boogieman. It's fake. All of the medical malpractice that hospitals around the country are using to hurt, and sicken, and kill people - is aimed at frightening the sheeple into believing that there really is some "virus" that is contagious and is out to get us - to frighten them into taking the vaccine bio-weapon. Governments around the world have granted immunity from prosecution for all hospitals that participate in the program. It's winter now. The die-off is coming soon. Globalist totalitarian scumbags like to call it "Dark Winter." The vaccinated fear it. There is no way to undo what the vaccinated have done to themselves. There is no stopping what is coming. Only purebloods will survive. Don't take the fake "vaccine."

DragonForger is coming - Only young Purebloods may enter the DragonForger. Arrival end of summer 2022.


 

 

Clearing center of shop partially completeOne wall finishedDecember 16th, 2021. Renovation update.  First phase of blacksmith shop renovation project is complete. One wall is finished and part of the rear wall is partially done. Walls fully insulated and new electric installed. Now cleanup is needed before moving equipment in the shop.

UPDATED WITH PHOTOS: A huge amount of equipment and tools had been piled through the center of the shop to make space for construction work around the walls and roof. Photo at near right show wall finished. Photo at far right shows the drills and welding table moved against the wall, and a path has been cleared to the center of the shop. All of this stuff had to be sorted, separated, roughly cleaned and moved. This turned into a 4 day project and required increasingly longer and longer work days to accomplish. Winter weather is coming very soon and this phase of the renovation work must be finished before the snow flies.

It's amazing how much sawdust and wood scraps accumulate in the woodworking areas during carpentry projects. Sawdust coats everything despite using dust collection. Thus I must pull out all tools and supplies from cabinets and work benches and storage areas to clean out those areas. Clean and orderly storage areas make it easier to gather and properly store tools and supplies from the work area. This is a two-day project it seems.

Severe storms delayed work for a day, but back at it again now.

Getting ready for the big move. After moving half of the equipment in the blacksmith shop back to their proper locations, it should be much easier to work on the phase of the renovation. Everything still on schedule despite additional tasks that were added during the project. See the December 5th update below. \

The biggest problem right now are the shortages of everything. To get around this problem, I begin purchasing and accumulating materials and supplies weeks in advance of the work. Lumber is back in stock in very small quantities and the quality is very low. Electrical components such as boxes, outlets, wire and cable, are all in very short supply. If there is something I know I will need for the new electric installation - I buy whatever quantity is available and take it home. Returning every week to see if more arrived. It's that bad. For example, to wire just half of my shop, I need at least 12-14 outlet boxes. But the stores might have anywhere from 0-8 of any item. I need 4 bulk packs of outlets to complete the shop and another small project, but the stores had only two packs of outlets, and I already bought and installed those. I went back two weeks later - still no new bulk packs of outlets. At this time I can build half of my remaining shop wall project, but I can't put in electric until more inventory arrives in the stores. In some cases I have been forced to order from wholesalers, but this means ordering more than double or triple what I need for the entire project. Electric cable is outrageously priced. For just 50ft of 10-3, the price is literally $200. Plywood quality is awful, warped, gouged, frayed and separated edges, some almost unusable. So the strategy is to visit various stores weekly and buy whatever they have, until enough parts and supplies are accumulated to complete a project. Bulk packs of construction screws and nailer nails are also in very short supply. The shelves are full of these items, but the sizes used most often for framing and construction are the ones in very short supply. And prices are sky high - if you can get them.

 


 

December, 5th, 2021. Renovation update. Building upgrades are nearly half way completed. Weather is turning colder. Winter is almost here. I still have one additional task to complete on outside of shop and two very small tasks to finish inside. And the building construction phase will have reached the half-way point and I can finally move half of the equipment back to the side of the shop and start construction of a new main forge. Everything is still on track to partially re-open shop around the end of this month...

And just in time too, weather is becoming colder and uncomfortable for carpentry work unsheltered outside. And in addition to colder temps, winter brings shortened daylight hours, thus requiring light sets for some carpentry work outside.

But the good news is, I fired up the stove for the first time since construction/renovation started - and the result was even better than I expected. It took only minutes to heat the shop enough to work in freezing weather. Before the renovation began, it would have taken a couple hours to heat the shop to the same temperature. New insulation and weatherproofing has tremendously improved heating/cooling the shop. And insulation and wall construction is only half complete! Conditions inside the shop will improve even more as renovation work nears completion. New electrical installation has eliminated past problems and added plenty of new outlets.

Just one half day of work to finish the last remaining carpentry tasks for the current phase of renovation, and it will finally be time to move half of the equipment back where it belongs. I expect opening the center of the shop will increase speed and efficiency of second half of shop renovation. You should have seen me in ridiculous contortions moving large sheets of plywood and lumber through the corners and tight areas along the walls during the first half of renovation. That's done.

Planning next phase;

begin second phase of renovation - rear wall,

begin tear out/replace part of floor,

build new main forge, (by end of December 2021)

complete renovation of second half of shop,

build two new forges (for a total of 3 forges if space allows - spring of 2022).


 

2021 November shop renovation - new windows2021 November shop renovation workNovember 7th, 2021.  Shop renovation is continuing slowly and steadily, a partial re-opening planned for early winter sometime in December this year, and new additional forging stations will be completed and ready for work around late winter or early spring of 2022. New windows for more light and ventilation. New walls will be insulated to allow work during the coldest part of the winter. And during the hottest part of the summer, insulation will help reduce the amount of heat radiated through the roof into the shop by sunlight. New floor to replace some of the roughest and dirtiest/wettest areas. Fitting a new frame into an poorly built and old framed building is slow and tedious work, and this is why renovation is taking so long. More photos coming as renovation work begins speeding up.

 

Shop layout will be changed to allow multiple forges again, a total of three forges this time if space will allow. Part of this upgrade will include new two-horn anvils for each of the new forging stations. The first of the new two-horn anvils has already arrived. Photos lower right. Both of the new forging stations will have one of these anvils.

 

2021 shop upgrade - new anvil2021 shop upgrade - new anvilAfter shop renovation is finished, I will again offer hands-on workshops and seminars tentatively planned to begin in spring of 2022. Seminars will include tongs making (flats, bolts, hollow bits, etc.), forging animals and flowers, and ornamental work. These seminars and workshops will be starting at a time when we might very well be seeing a large die-off of the sheeple that took the dangerous fake 'vaccines'. Workshops and seminars will go on no matter what is happening to the sheeple and their scamdemic. There will be NO face diapers, NO satanic distancing, NO covidiots, and NO asinine 'vaccine' mandate garbage. Period. Do not take the fake 'vaccines'. Purebloods will be given priority on all upcoming seminars and workshops.

Dragon forger is coming. Be ready.

 

 


 

Pinterest search "blacksmith leg vise"Image Search for "Blacksmith leg vise"April 23, 2020.  NOTE:    I DO NOT post any items for sale on the Pinterest website!!!  If one of my tools or machines is shown as "for sale" on the Pinterest website -BE WARNED - I did not post that offer on Pinterest.  All tools and machines I offer for sale are posted here on my website (Beautiful Iron) and will be found at this page: http://www.beautifuliron.com/gs_blacksmith_tools_for_sale.htm  

Re-Update. September 27, 2021.  I have reconsidered my previous post and have edited this page accordingly.

Recently a visitor wrote me to inquire about a blacksmith leg vise for sale. He found a photo of one of my blacksmith vises on the Pinterest website along with the comment "Blacksmith leg vise. I have one For Sale, for the price of $100.00". The problem is - I was not offering any vises for sale at that time. And I have never posted any offers to sell anything at Pinterest.

See photos (near right) showing my leg vise and text that reads;  "Blacksmith leg vise. I have one For Sal...".

I clicked on the link and it took me to the Pinterest image (picture at far right). Full text reads "Blacksmith leg vise. I have one For Sale, for the price of $100." It did look like I was the one offering this vise for sale. The link on the Pinterest page takes visitors back to my website. But I never offered this vise for sale - this is one of the most-used tools in my shop.

Maybe the person that posted my photos was making legitimate sale offer of a vise they had, and maybe they had no photos of their vise, and simply found one of my photos and used my vise photos as an example of what they were offering for sale.

 

Image search for "blacksmith post vise"Original comment for my photo at "blacksmith post vise"About Pinterest postings. Pinterest is best viewed on a real computer screen. Cell phone users will get a more stripped down or abreviated version of Pinterest content and this can cause confusion if the viewer is looking for more information about a specific posting. Put the cell phone down and use a real computer.

I like Pinterest. They have some great photos of work created by some great artists. Pinterest credits the original photo sources by posting links back to the website where the photo was taken. This keeps the owners of the original photos happy. But at the same time, this can cause confusion or expectation that the owner of the photos is the same person posting them at Pinterest along with whatever offer appears at the Pinterest photo website. Again, I don't make sales offeres there. If anyone wants to see what tools or equipment I might have for sale, then see my Blacksmith Tools For Sales Page. the page is linked at the bottom of this article.