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Well, shall we? First off let me just say in the couple or perhaps few months I've been here, that it has been great. This group of people are perhaps the most open minded, imaginative, and I will go on to say intelligent bunch I've had the pleasure of speaking and sharing ideas with.
From the beginning, a short sum-up into my blacksmithing years and into the steampunk genre of what has always been a part of me, though I had never had a name for.
The first recollections I have of the steamy ideas are perhaps when I was as young as 5. When I was that age I was nearly obsessed with drawing trains, particularly the engine. I would draw the pipes and gauges running all over the place. The last true memory of that was when my parents bought a refrigerator or a dishwasher or something like that. Anyway, my mom gave me the packing paper which was probably 3 feet by 3 feet but to small child it was HUGE!.
I got into blacksmithing when I was about 12. I remember smashing red hot re-bar on concrete with a carpenter's hammer prior to that but... Yeah. For about a year I was using a 2lb mini sledge, a metal water pump (As my anvil), and channel lock pliers(I still use the pliers today!). That was what I worked with making my first 'S' Hooks and such, mostly out of re-bar, because it was scrap. Scrap is free...
Completely self taught, having read books getting visual ideas. But... Those visual ideas only reinforced something that was already there. I'll start with my Mother's father. He owned a precision machine shop, that actually had made some parts for the lunar module. My mother has been spinning wool and painting nearly all her life. My father's father (yeah this is annoying too keep up with, I'm almost done.) was a blacksmith, as well as a farrier, I myself prefer to distance myself from horses, though I am quite skilled at riding. Anyway, he died before I was born. On top of a blacksmith he was also a jockey, which is my final point is that I think it runs in my blood to be a craftsman.
I only found out about "Steampunk" as it were in mid 09. Learning of Dr. Steel, VonSlatt, PennyDreds, and more. Though I have to say this group/site is one of the best. Perhaps "The" best. So! with that I end my story, hope you enjoyed it.
I ask any who read this to write their own story of the fire that started their steam, and a bit about themselves.
-Peter Hendrik(The Harness) Chamberlain