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Forged in fire: Carpenter man crafts blades for business

March 5, 2018 in News

On an unusually warm morning in early February, James Rodebaugh has just finished up welding a piece of metal in his “office.”

His office isn’t like most others, though. Instead of getting up early every morning and heading out to work, Rodebaugh walks the 20 feet into his backyard to the massive building that sits behind his house.

It’s a large workshop filled to the brim with all types of equipment including two six-foot tall power hammers, a couple of forges, a 300-lb. anvil and scores of metal bars of various lengths. It smells like smoke inside since Rodebaugh just put down his blowtorch. The thin, wispy clouds billow away quickly in the large room.

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