George posted a note on the Hoodlums' forum asking if there were any
Hoodlums in the Chicago area. Apparently, just me (Bill). Today I drove
to George's home and met George, his wife Maria, and baby Rebecca.
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|George has a great blacksmith/forging setup in his backyard. Here he is standing next to his hand cranked blower. Most of his equipment was salvaged. He picked up this blower for $50 at a garage sale.|
|The forge is a metal tub lined with mortar. A sixteen inch pipe with holes runs the length of the bottom. George used PVC pipe to connect the blower to the pipe.|
|Another shot of the "shop". Note the Coleman lantern. George doesn't use any electricity in his shop - not even for lighting.|
|A shot of the anvil. George prefers to use a steel post for hammering his knives. He uses the anvil for other blacksmithing projects.|
|A blade is heated in the forge.|
|A blade coming out of the forge, ready for hammering.|
|Hammering the blade into shape.|
|A before and after shot, if you will...|
|Yettie, part Austrailian sheep dog, part Labrador Retriever. Intimidating, but friendly. Somehow Yettie knows when you are leaving, and he nips at your heels as if herding you! Pretty funny.|
|Baby Rebecca is three months old. Oops! I didn't get a picture of Maria. Sorry, Maria.|
|Whenever two or more of us are gathered in Ron's name...there is knives. (What kind of guest am I? Take pictures of the knives but not the hostess! Oops!)|
|This neck knife is George's third knife. It is stamped GAM 3. George gave this knife to me.|
|George uses the saw on his Gerber multitool to cut a piece of antler for me for use as a bow drill socket. George does a lot of hunting. This is his first year with a bow. No luck yet, but don't doubt this man. You should see the boar's head hanging in his home. I think he told me the boar was 235 pounds!|
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