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Blacksmith workshop space?

I was wondering if anyone knows if it is possible to rent workshop space for blacksmithing or if there is somewhere you can go to use the equipment? I did a bit of googling but didn't see anything quite like that, but if anyone knew anything I would love to hear! I live in Zurich but would also be willing to travel, so any information would be gratefully received! A power hammer would be of particular interest...
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Re: Blacksmith workshop space?

I made my apprenticeship on Heongger strasse ,Ernscht Grau ,in 50ts.But this does not help you much, the shop is gonne But I loved the Forge and Anvil stuff


What`s your project ?
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Re: Blacksmith workshop space?

Ask Stooss: http://www.stooss.com/de/home
They might be willing to let you use the apprentice workshop.
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Old 26.08.2015, 09:50
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I was wondering if anyone knows if it is possible to rent workshop space for blacksmithing or if there is somewhere you can go to use the equipment? I did a bit of googling but didn't see anything quite like that, but if anyone knew anything I would love to hear! I live in Zurich but would also be willing to travel, so any information would be gratefully received! A power hammer would be of particular interest...


There is a small Kunstschmied about half way between Affoltern am Albis and Zürich that I used to drive past fairly regularily up until about 5 years ago. Judging by the smoke, smell, and layout of his sheds he had/has a coal forge. Try googling "Kunstschmied" and narrow your search down to your area.


My experience with traditional craftsmen here is that they are initially a bit reserved, but will change fairly quickly when they realize that you are:
1) Reasonably aware of the process/skills.
2) Have _some_ level of skill or experience.
3) Are genuinely interested in what they have devoted their life to.
4) Aren't just trying to borroy their infrastructure to save paying them to do the work.


What kind of work are you wanting to do? You mention a drop hammer, which makes me think knives. If it is just ornamental you might manage to hook up with a local Farrier - they have portable gas forges and an anvil, you would need to organize tubes to do any twisting work, but flares, bends, splitting and cagework can be done with a simple gas forge (or even a torch, been there, done that).


You may find that they only speak dialekt (which is good for you), or that they speak impeccable English (particularily Farriers).


If it is Knifework you are wanting to do, I would suggest making up your Damasc block, if possible already welded at the comb ends, handle already attached, and going to him with that and asking him to do the hammering. He will recognize what you are after immediately, and either recognize that your stack is a good starting point, or see that you have no idea whatsoever and tell you it needs taking apart and doing properly (Make your stack a bit longer to anticipate him grinding the welds off). Either way, if he is going to open up, he will, at that point, language doesn't matter any more.


He may just take it, dip it in the flux and do the hammering and charge you whatever. My tip: DO NOT ask how much it will cost. The easiest way to brown off a tradesman here is to first ask how much it will cost.


Andrew
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Re: Blacksmith workshop space?

Thanks so much for all the information! Yes indeed I am interested in knife work (at the moment, but not exclusively) and I will certainly take a look into your suggestions. I have quite a bit of previous experience, mostly with older methods until I was able to use a power hammer a while ago, but I have no problem working more traditional ways, just need a space for it.

Really thanks for the interest and suggestions, I really appreciate it.
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Re: Blacksmith workshop space?

Here is an association of Swiss smiths:
http://www.igschmiede.ch/wb/pages/de...g-schmiede.php


and here, though not the same, is a metalworking workshop in Zurich.
http://www.dynamo.ch/werkstatt/metall


The equipment there is: "Die Blech-Tafelschere, die Blech-Abkantmaschine, die Blech-Rundmaschine, der Plasmaschneider, die Bandschleifmaschine, die Bandsäge, die Standbohrmaschine, der Winkelschleifer."
which Google translates as:
sheet metal guillotine shear, sheet-bending machine, sheet-rolling machine, plasma cutter, belt sander, band saw, drill press, angle grinder.


The course leader teaching the use of this Equipment may know more about what you're really looking for:
http://www.dynamo.ch/kurs/einf%C3%BC...bearbeitung-19
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Re: Blacksmith workshop space?

Doropfiz: Good call. I forgot about Dynamo! They even have a forge and anvil listed in the tools. Prices seem pretty reasonable too.


Every time I see that place I think "I'll have to remember that place, it might come in handy if I end up making something larger than I can do with my own stuff".


I see they have a plasma cutter Hmn... that could help with a couple of things I've been thinking about.
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Re: Blacksmith workshop space?

Oh, JagWaugh, I'm glad you like that list.... I have mostly no idea what those things are!
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Re: Blacksmith workshop space?

Gemeinschaftszentrum Hirzenbach has an open workshop:
http://www.gz-zh.ch/gz-hirzenbach/at...tallwerkstatt/

Maybe you can get in touch with the guy in the next link, he makes kitchen knifes:
http://dasmesser.ch/
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Re: Blacksmith workshop space?

There's a great looking shop runs a few days per week in Dorf on the Reppichstalstrasse in Stallikon, I think that's the on that JagWaugh above was referring to - been meaning to go down and have a chat with him, so if you do, please update this thread with the results.


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