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Michael Hoops (IG: michael.hoops_bs)

Welcome to this week's #weldershowcase - we had the opportunity to sit down with Michael from @michael.hoops_bs and talk a little shop.
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Name: Michael Hoops

Business Name:  Coal Township Forge

Location: New Straitsville, OH

Socials: IG:  @michael.hoops_bs


Specialties: All around Blacksmith specializing in tools

When I moved hot steel for the first time, I knew I wanted to do it the rest of my life. Just taking any metal and being able to transform it into whatever I want. I have been a blacksmith since 2016.  
  What keeps you motivated throughout the day?
Just how much people enjoy my work makes me want to create even more!
What is your favorite shop tool and why?
My 1945 Little Giant Power hammer that I restored . It forges bigger steel that would be difficult by hand.
  What's your favorite piece that you've worked on?
My Handforged bench anvils with The “Skull Motif”
If you could have any job as it relates to question 1 what would it be and what would you do with that?
Just working in my own shop is enough for me! Where I just zone out and create.
What BA product is your favorite and why?
The ceramic 36 grit 2x72 Belts. These touch almost everything I make.
What BA product surprised you in terms of quality - what about it set it apart from the competition?
The BA flap discs. You can use them all the way to the end. The competition only wears the outer layer.
What tips and tricks do you have for us that might be different or eye opening for others to try with BA product?
I cut my old 2x72 belts into strips and use the putter edges then hand sand the eye of a hammer head.
If there was one person you could collaborate with - who would it be and why?
Cypressville Forge. He is a great tool maker and I think we could share some knowledge.
Do you have any advice for the next generation that you wish you had when you first started?
Take classes and learn from other shops.
What are your future plans for your shop?
To keep growing and creating Handforged items.
Thanks for sitting with us and sharing your story with the community - is there anything you'd like to add?  
Do what you love and the money will follow..


A Note From Leo
Thanks for sharing your story with us, Michael! I love the trick of cutting down your used sanding belts to give them more purpose and as a lover of everything skulls, I dig how you're implementing a skull into everything.
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