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plain ol Bill - Fri 24 May 2019 22:02:47 #0


Wish I had known you were there Joe. I would have come over and visited. Some beautiful country back up in those mountains. Easy to see why the army had a really tough time rousting the apaches out of there.

brucegodlesky - Sat 25 May 2019 14:09:15 #0


Hope you folks in Twister Alley are keepin' yer heads down. Sweany emailed and said they were spending some time underground........
Ten Hammers told mke he still has water lying in the yard from last weeks storms. I heard the Missourri smiths got hit pretty good.
By the time they have been getting here in w Pa it's just a hard rain.
Spent the past month in the timber huntin' spring gobblers. Good for the mental health. Have just enuff energy when I get done each day to bang out a few billets. Have a big show coming up next month, Pa Trappers Convention. Really a fun time connecting with other trappers/knifemakers/smiths. Gonna spend a few days next week knocking out trinkets, squirrel forks/flippers, etc. The ladies buy that stuff up as well as the guys.

Darrell - Wed 26 Jun 2019 15:04:29 #0


It has been more than a month since the last post.
The rest of this website is no longer relavent.
When the hosting for the website runs out I will not be renewing it.
It has been a long and enjoyable run. I will be seeing some of you on FaceBook.


Chuck - Thu 27 Jun 2019 22:42:50 #0

Lost site.

DARRELL It is our own fault for not paying attention to your very good site.
As you know I personally have had a plate full.
My Grand-son Cy Wagner is gaining each day. Some day in the future he will walk alone.
He is starting to talk some. He has been out f the hospital one month. He had ten month in the hospital.
Myself-- I have just about got over the huge impacted stone in my right kidney,
the left one is still there but not causing too much trouble. The good news about the kidney stone---when the Doctor went to see about breaking up the stone and found/ removed a small cancer in my bladder. It will be recurring but we will watch it.
The left carotid(sp) surgery was successful--they will do the right in the future.
Today I made the first knife in almost a year. Simple but the grind came out alright. Had mini strokes but nothing bad.
Sorry about being remiss about posting.
I do appreciate the lengthy time you have kept this site up and going.
God Bless everybody that has been on Farwest Forge. I will miss all of you
It has been a good long run from Neil's "Junkyard" site to the finish of Darrell's.
Blessing to all.

Jeff Reinhardt - Fri 28 Jun 2019 16:44:26 #0

Sorry to see it go, checked daily, just did not have anything to add. Thanks for the good job.

Tom C - Sun 30 Jun 2019 07:59:03 #0

I'm guilty of just reading & not posting. I haven't done much forging work since I started my car restoration project. I have met some great friends through Keenjunk & then this site. But things change & move on. Thanks for stepping up when Neil shut down.

Ill post a pic of the Chevy this afternoon.

Be well,
Tom C

Tom C - Mon 01 Jul 2019 07:08:14 #0

I posted a pic in the gallery.

brucegodlesky - Mon 01 Jul 2019 12:04:22 #0

old and slow

reckon we're all gettin' that way......
Darrell, where you at on FB?
Hope to see some of you in Ohio in September

Darrell - Mon 01 Jul 2019 16:09:54 #0


Look for Darrell Gehlsen on FB.

Loren T - Sat 06 Jul 2019 07:05:54 #0

Changing Times

I want to thank you Darrell for hosting this site since the end of Keen Junk. In view of your announcement I have gone back over the archives and seen a lot of names that have passed on. I have noticed the gradual thinning of the "Herd" that is still active in smithing and contributes to this forum. Health problems have been a big factor in having less to contribute or inquire. I for one have not forged anything for 2 years save a couple small items my better half asked for. I worry about the future of the trade as fewer youngsters seem to be interested in working with their hands. That being said, I was 24 before I picked up a hammer and forged my first spearpoint. I just turned 74 on the 4th. My 11 year old grandson is smart as a whip, but only wants to play video games. Yet I saw him get on my son's track hoe and almost immediately master the controls. It was just like different video controls. NASCAR drivers are younger than ever because they learned on video how to drive. With You Tube, how to do ANYTHING is just a click away. AND...a picture is worth a thousand words. I will continue to monitor this site as well as others. Once again thank you Darrell.

Chuck - Sat 13 Jul 2019 00:30:36 #0

Site changing management.

There might be someone interested in keeping our group afloat.
It would be nice to have a someone pick up the reins.
Blesings to all
Good luck

Chuck - Tue 23 Jul 2019 00:18:26 #0


Are we still pn board?

Darrell - Tue 23 Jul 2019 09:00:37 #0


Until the hosting package runs out in Setember.

Tom C - Thu 08 Aug 2019 07:15:26 #0

I finished the car

I have finished my 1957 Chevy 210 Handyman station wagon. It took about 2,000 hours over 3 years & 5 months and $30,000. I've put some photos in the gallery. Now, I can get back to making my sculptures & do some traveling.I plan to drive it to Quad States.

I'm glad you're keeping the site up a little while longer,Darrell so I'll have time to get some pix from the gallery.

Thanks again for your hosting all these years.

Tom C

Mike B - Wed 28 Aug 2019 19:14:12 #0

Looks amazing, Tom. I'm sure you would have finished in 3 years flat if we hadn't had to cancel Spring Fling this year (grin). Things are looking good for April 17-19, 2020; hope to see you, and ideally the car, then.

Chuck - Wed 28 Aug 2019 23:22:25 #0


Well we are fixing to lose this site.
God Bless to every pea-picking of you.
You cn find me on Facebook.
God Bless you Darrell and all the rest of the good folks on here.

Tom C - Sun 22 Sep 2019 19:21:55 #0

Happy trails

I don't know if this site is still active. It doesn't show up on a Google search.I guess it is because I'm filling out this form. Thanks, Darrell for hosting this get-together. I've met some great folks here & learned a lot along the way.
Tom C

Alex Ivey - Wed 25 Sep 2019 18:21:53 #0

Thanks Darrell & stuff

Darrell I can't thank you enough carrying on this site that started with Neil, it's been a great run and I am saddened to see it coming to an end. I don't do facebook and twitter so I won't be seeing any of you from here over there. Planning to attend the ABANA conf. in NY so maybe we can connect there. I plan on going to Tucumcari Rawhide Days next May if Jim Keith does the smithing event so Chuck maybe I'll see you there.

Our NMABA Oct. 12th meeting will be at Helmut Hellenkamp's shop in Santa Fe. Some ABANA atendees will be there to honor Frank Turley for 50 years teaching at his Blacksmithing school. The details no finalized yet are on our website at You all are welcome to come as our guest. LXIV,

Bruce Blackistone (Atli) - Fri 27 Sep 2019 22:18:49 #0


Good luck and God speed to you all. It's been interesting.

Darrell - Fri 27 Sep 2019 22:37:46 #0


Well goodby every one. It has been fun.
Darrell Gehlsen
808 313 2593

Joe Rollings - Mon 30 Sep 2019 09:08:28 #0

last post?

Sorry I missed the ending. Just had a new heart valve put in, and getting back in shape.....Joe

Joe Rollings - Thu 03 Oct 2019 22:34:18 #0


could I get a phone number?....thanks.....Joe

Loren T - Fri 04 Oct 2019 10:31:23 #0

Joe Rollings

Congrats on the new heart valve. TAVR ? or open chest. I got mine in Feb and am a new man. (No questionable gender)

Darrell - Fri 04 Oct 2019 11:04:10 #0


I had a TAVR two weeks ago. Thay sewed my artery shut and I lost blood flow to my leg.
They did this on the 16th. On the 18th I went back into surgery to fix the artery.
When they went to wake me up they gave me a drug to reverse the heprin blood thinner.
That made my heart stop for 90 seconds. I woke up with a very sore chest.
Thanks to the Lord, I am feeling fine now.

plain ol Bill - Fri 04 Oct 2019 19:15:52 #0


Darrell waking up after procedures like that is a blessing and the Lord was looking on. A sore chest ain't nuthin compared to not waking up. Thanks for all the years of keeping this going after Keen Junk years. Too many of the old ones gone now.

Darrell - Sat 05 Oct 2019 10:48:23 #0

This site

I remember there were those that said I would never last.
While this site is coming to an end, it not because of fighting or spam.
You all have been great friends. It is just time to move on.
I am moving to Myrtle Creek, Oregon. I have just bought a new house.
The address is:
14486 Old Hwy 99 S.
Myrtle Creek, Oregon 97457
Stop in if you are in the area. Phone # 808 313-2593

Loren T - Sun 06 Oct 2019 09:31:55 #0

Myrtle Creek

You are definitely relocating to a nice area. I retired in 2001 at the age of 55. We traveled full time for 4 years with a pickup and 5th wheel trailer. Spent a fair amount of time in Grants Pass and also Roseburg. When traveling from Seattle to Phoenix, spent many nights at 7 Feathers casino in Canyonville.

Joe Rollings - Tue 08 Oct 2019 17:11:34 #0

heart valve

I got the TAVR, and it is a big improvement. I am having leg troubles, too, but am pretty sure it is from being idle while waiting on the you got me to thinking, though :) .Joe

Alex Ivey - Tue 08 Oct 2019 18:30:29 #0

Farewell to you all

Darrell I know I've already said but I'm saying it again. Many many thanks to you for hosting this forum for us to hang out in, I'm gonna miss it and miss hearing from all who posted, Darrell, Chuck, Joe, Tom C, Plain ol Bill, Loren, Mike B, Bruce G, Bruce B, Jeff, Bert, Jeremy K, Buck, to name a few. Hope John O is doing ok, quite a while since his last post. I've learned something from you all. Joe my Phone number is (505)four one seven- nineteen eighty five. I posted what I think will be the last photos. LXIV,

Alex Ivey - Thu 17 Oct 2019 11:40:37 #0


Chuck, looks like we are still active here, don"t know if you are still reading. Update on Joe and Kay Cordova since you have asked in the past, I was at Joe's place a couple of days ago. They are doing ok but Joe has not worked in the shop much lately due to back problems. Jerry Duran was there using Joe's mill, he's doing well but has scaled back to being most a hobbyist again. LXIV,

Loren T - Fri 18 Oct 2019 13:15:41 #0

End of the road

Alex, it kind of reminds me the story of a fellow who was receiving a monthly publication or journal. He was no longer in that line of work, so sent an email to have the delivery stopped. He received back a letter that stated in order to cancel his publication would require a change order, a work order, an expediter, a clerk, an I.T. man, etc. After assigning a dollar figure to each process along with the labor involved, the cost would be $700 or more. It only cost $1.50 per month to send the publication. So he would continue to receive for the foreseeable future. Maybe it's the same with this site!

Darrell - Fri 18 Oct 2019 17:44:45 #0

This site

I think this site will time out the end of October.
If you want any of the pictures, now would be a good time to get them.
I seem to have forgot what little coding that I knew.

Joe Rollings - Sat 19 Oct 2019 08:47:02 #0

Thanks, all, and my email

Good talking with y'all and best of good fortune to one and all!

My email is all lower case, same as my name with a W between first and last at God bless....Joe and Janet

Jeremy K - Tue 22 Oct 2019 08:00:36 #0


Sorry it's been a while since I visited here - sad to see another site come to an end. Wish I knew more of you personally. Take care everyone, hope to see you somewhere down the line, not sure where everyone is going - I didn't pick that up if it was facebook or other social media. Darrel - have a good recovery and move to the mainland. - JK

Alex Ivey - Tue 29 Oct 2019 22:22:35 #0

So long and posted photo

I posted one last photo. I just had to do it one last time since I guess I'll never get to post photos again. It's my 150 lb hay budden with clip shelf. It was in pretty bad shape, rebuilt recently by Robb Gunter, good as new now and value greatly increased. A last good by to anyone still checking in and a last big thank you Darrell. LXIV,

Joe Rollings - Tue 05 Nov 2019 10:06:49 #0

Still standing!

Maybe it will just go on forever....last site to wither away during the rapture...I'll check in periodically, since it is turning into a bit of a mystery, now.....Joe

Alex Ivey - Tue 05 Nov 2019 19:10:09 #0

Still lurcking

Looks like we're still alive here, at least Joe and me. Joe did you get my phone number you ask for, it's in my post back on Oct 8/ LXIV,

Jeremy K - Fri 08 Nov 2019 22:42:44 #0


Well like Alex says - "still alive"
Wish I had more to contribute lately but been busy getting ready for winter... firewood detail, yard clean up, etc.
Although I will add that I was able to be one of the demonstrators for the Guild of Metalsmiths for their fall conference this fall (September), Had a great time demonstrating for them, 14 hrs. worth in 2 days - seen many I haven't seen for awhile, was good to touch bases with all of them. As always, some I found have passed, but I cherished the ones I was able to see again, as it has been awhile since I had been to that conference until I was able to demo for them. Cheers Everyone - Jeremy K

Alex Ivey - Sun 10 Nov 2019 23:59:47 #0

Single Six Cylinder

Joe Rollings, If you,re still checking in maybe you can help. I have a Ruger old model single-six with 22 mag cylinder and was told by a friend there is a guy in Silver City who can make a 22 LR cylinder to fit it making it a convertible. He doesn't have have contact info. Do you happen to know who he might be. LXIV,

Buck Brown - Tue 12 Nov 2019 09:27:14 #0

22LH cylinder

Alex....I have an old ruger revolver with both cylinders. Just for fun I checked. E-Bay has several 22 LR cylinders for sale.

Alex Ivey - Tue 12 Nov 2019 20:53:23 #0

22LR cylinder

Thanks Buck but I'm pretty sure a cylinder for the old style 3 screw must be matched with the frame. CNC milling on the new style makes more precise fit so the cylinders will interchange. LXIV,

Bruce Blackistone (Atli) - Fri 15 Nov 2019 18:28:07 #0

Bloomery Experiment

We're having an experimental bloomery session next weekend. If the experiment works, I'll experiment with posting pictures of it here.

Joe Rollings - Mon 18 Nov 2019 10:10:00 #0


Gotcher # Thanks.....Joe

Alex Ivey - Sat 14 Dec 2019 22:02:13 #0


Since the site is still alive I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas ahead of the holiday which is Christ Birthday. We should always remember that's what we are celebrating and not the highly commercial holiday it seems to have become. LXIV,

Darrell - Tue 24 Dec 2019 19:05:44 #0

This site

Not sure why this site is still here. I haven't paid for hosting and I let the provider know.

While I am here, Merry Christmnas.

Alex Ivey - Wed 25 Dec 2019 18:03:13 #0


Darrell we might be the only ones still curious enough to check in here. Merry Christmas to you and many thanks for hosting this forum for us for so long in the past. Would be great to talk with you sometime in the future again in cyberspace but that probably will not happen since I don't do facebook and twitter. I'm planning to be at ABANA 2020 in NY, maybe see some there from here. LXIV,

Joe Rollings - Mon 30 Dec 2019 17:49:50 #0

Merry Christmas to Y'all!

And may His peace dwell with you forever!...Joe

Joe Rollings - Mon 30 Dec 2019 17:51:53 #0

Darrell, gotta ask

Just how much trouble and expense was it to keep; this thing rolling?

I should know better, but I am getting tempted.....Joe

Bruce Blackistone (Atli) - Wed 01 Jan 2020 10:35:44 #0

New Year Test

If this works or no, thank you all for your shared wisdom.

Buck Brown - Wed 01 Jan 2020 12:26:53 #0

Joe, Darrell

I would be more than happy to take over, but I am clueless about managing a web site.

If someone with the skills were to do it, I would gladly contribute to the financial aspect.

This site has been around so long it's a shame to see it go.

Happy New Year everyone!

Darrell - Fri 10 Jan 2020 16:03:33 #0

This site

It costs about $140.00 a year.It has run so smooth that I have forgot most of what I
knew about how to run it. I woulg give what I have to anyone that wanted it.




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