Below are early Pictures of Myself – Working by my Coal Forge. I made this forge by mixing adobe (sand, clay and wood ash) to shape the inside of a large tub. I placed a 1 inch inside diameter pipe in the bottom and drilled 1/4 inch holes. A blower was attached (not in picture). I get up to 1700 degrees using this. I do most of my forging during the cool hours of the night.
I am mostly self taught as I was unable to find an apprenticeship, but I did receive a lot of information from Nepalese Kamis. I have a box of scrap metal as proof. I did learn a lot about knife making from Gurkha’s and Nepalese knife makers.
The hat is to keep my hair from catching fire. Don’t ask how I learned this valuable lesson. I do some of my work at night to avoid Texas Heat.