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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... | |
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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.