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Hello from excelsior, mn.

Posted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 12:16 am
by mn outdoors north
a little about myself... my name is gary and I signed up as a guild member about 6 weeks ago...have wanted to try my hand at this for some 8 years now and finally have a little time. better late than never...after being a certified scuba diver since 1973 I have found many items that the loggers used underneath the lakes and rivers of northern Minnesota...also using my metal detector underwater in the logging camps of northern Minnesota and above ground I was amazed how they were able to forge items and in the 1890's thru the 1920's the logging played a major role in our history...if you wanted a buggy part or horseshoe, you could not just go to the store and buy one as most of you know, you had to forge it...so finding logging gear in the soil and underwater is exciting to me and how they made it...anyway I have acquired many tools and I have not even lifted a hammer yet. a lady called me one day and said her husband passed 23 years ago and he was a blacksmith for 40 some years and he had a shop full of tools, she was going to donate it to fort snelling but she knew I needed some tools to get started...she said I wanted it to be put to use like he did, she said I can have everything in the shed for 300.00....after looking in the shed I was in awe...I said there is more than 300.00 worth here, she would not take anymore....it took me 4 hours to clean the shed out...it had a lock on it and it had not been opened for 23 years she said...I ended up with over 50 hammers, 50 some tongs, 30 hardys, a real nice peter wright anvil, 2 post vises, pedal grinder, 35 horse shoes(summer and winter) all kinds of items he made, 800 lbs of steel...a built in forge that I will not remove...they say timing is everything and I was in the right place at the right time...he was a blacksmith for a buggy company and also shoed Clydesdale horses...also bought a meyer easy hammer that after calling the owner who bought out little giant trip hammer said mine was shipped to Henderson, mn. 5-28-1904 with a very low serial number...looking forward to meeting most of you...sorry about the long winded message...will try and get pics later of all my tools I received...

Gary

Re: Hello from excelsior, mn.

Posted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 8:00 am
by Darryl Ponder
Hi Gary,

We'll have to get together. I live in Minnetonka at roughly 7 and 101.

Am also over in Excelsior all the time either working on or running the Minnehaha steamboat.

Look forward to meeting you.

Since I live in classic suburbia, my smithing tools are in the garage on wheels to be used, then stored, so my wife can get her car in the garage during Winter.

Regards,

Darryl

Re: Hello from excelsior, mn.

Posted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 12:36 pm
by mn outdoors north
Hi Darryl, looks like you have a nice setup, I think I may have met you a few years back, I have met leo...I know you can show me a thing or two on how to make a few items...I like your forge, I did buy one but it is pretty bad, I need to order some parts from a wi. co. that sells blacksmithing forge parts. will be taking a class this fall at the Anoka ramsey school of shoeing...actually I think it is next door to that...talk to you later...

Gary