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This is a photo record
of the very first time I started a fire
in my home-made Coal forge.

Design Stage...
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Photo shows my drawing desk, the steel, and the paper for the pattern.

Drawing the pattern outlines
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Photo shows the seel on top of paper pattern, ready for outline to be made.

Paper Pattern
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The outline of the seel onto the paper

The DaQo'tah Forge!
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(actually, a photocopyer stand, a steel drawer, and a hair blowdryer.

Coal Forge
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photo shows the forge is clean, and ready for that first fire

Adding the coal
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I start the fire with the help of a tin can with holes in it,I didnt know how much coal to use,,,

Fire, Fire , Fire!, (fire is cool)
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the fire started,,with the help of some paper and wood,,,and hairspray.

Coaking the coals
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Dont ask me why, but after the big fire goes down a bit, you turn the coal to burn off more oils

The First heat
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first lesson learned, Always turn off the blower when you mess with the coals

Steel meets Fire
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I was too busy to take anymore photos, but I forged the tip and a slight curve for the edge

Funs Over!
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Time to cleanup,,well actually I let the North Dakota wind clean the ash away...

Knife Design Stage
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Raining, so I worked on what I want the blade to look like...

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