I am also interested in blacksmithing as a retirement pursuit. I taught
forging as part of my metal shop class when I was an Industrial Arts
Teacher. I was wondering where one would go to find info about forges, and
Check with your City govt on zoning for hobbies. You can make several thousand
a year from a hobby. Check the tax codes for your city, county, state, and fed
to find out just how much you can take in before you 'go over the bracket'.
Finally, check with the EPA concerning the type of fuel you can use. Down here
in Okiehohum, coal requires a $crubber on the exhaust, but natural gas or
poopane require nothing.
It has been my experience that if you are honest and go down and do that,
you shoot a hole in your own vessel at the waterline. If you will be making
a lot of noise, fire, smoke, sparks, and the like, you will be denied
immediately, and your residence flagged so that the zoners can watch you.
The problem is neighbors. If you have good neighbors, they won't call in on
you, and zoning doesn't care one whit, unless you become an obvious nuisance
by a preponderance of noise, smoke, flames, or car body parts used in metal
sculpture. If you have bad neighbors, they are going to call you in for
Whatever you do, just go there and ask for the printed info, and try to get
your answers instead of talking to a person and describing it. There may be
ways you can dance through the maze legally.
As for taxes, no one makes any profit here on this hobby that I know
of.................................... Do you really want to open the bag
of snakes that include taxes, licensing, and book keeping? It will become a
job and not just a retirement hobby.
OTOH, and I missed it if it was in your original post ...........
if you are interested in going into this as a business, DO go down and go
through the process so that you find a location where you can do exactly
what you want to do.
I did see the word retirement in there, didn't I?
Hey, when you live in the city you gotta be undercover. I got my stealth
forge and a silencer on my anvil. When I go looking for supplies in the
local shops I just tell 'em its for an "art project".