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First I´d like to introduce myself. My name is Daniel Lea, I am 19 years old and from Germany, close to Frankfurt am Main. While I study laws and economics on the EBS Law School in Wiesbaden (also Germany) blacksmithing is a great hobby of mine.
Via my activity on YouTube, forums and social networks I got in contact with people all over the world. Some of them I visited, some visited me and a few became really close friends of mine over the time. I myself have been to blacksmiths in France, Holland, England, America and Sweden and I plan on going to Finland soon.
Although I really admire the German blacksmithing culture and am fond of a forum in German language for the German blacksmithing culture I thought it would be an enrichment if we got people from other countries and other cultures included in our community as well. So Peter (the founder of this forum) and I created this corner for non-German-speakers.
We do organize big blacksmiths meetings and HAMMER INs with a lot of good hand craft and... you guessed it – good beer as well! We´d be very happy about anyone who can come!
I personally don´t have a fixed preference of what I forge. I usually go by what I might need or what I´d find interesting to make. I do have some specialized expertise in tool making and techniques for efficiently moving large amounts of metal from my class with Brian Brazeal in America and my time with the Young Smiths team. I make my own tools and sometimes I make tools to sell.
Otherwise I like making elegant and functional decoration for the home and every now and then I also make knives.
Now please it is your time to write about yourself, where you come from, what you make in your shop and what projects you just attempt or finished. Make this platform go alive!
In this mind I wish you a great time enjoying this forum and I hope to read your posts soon!