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  1. Make excuses or make product, your choice. Both take the same amount of effort. Glenn
  2. We can learn from the blacksmithing set ups being used by others. Second video: Fire rake, anvil held by the feet, a piece of metal as the hammer (with a handles hammer on the ground), bellows, the size of the fire, and the list goes on and on. We are fortunate to have so many resources available, including a never ending list of excuses as to why something can not be done. Make excuses or make product, your choice. Both take the same amount of effort.
  3. Something for hanging on the wall. Make it big, small, simple, complex, that is up to you.
  4. Something for a picnic table. Make it big, small, simple, complex, that is up to you.
  6. I'm built like an outhouse.. Not stinky .. just stocky.. You can do a search for the author on this one LOL
  7. That fellow is hammering so fast you can not see his hammer. LOL
  8. That shirt does make a statement !! You can hear it clear across the room. Thank you for the photo.
  9. I used flat springs for the construction of my guillotine tool. Alter all it is just high quality flat bar, with a slight bend in it. If you can find some 1-1/4 inch or so round stock, bolt, or what ever, cut a section about an inch long and weld it to the top die as a target for the hammer. Think of it as a sacrificial target. If it mushrooms, clean it up. IF after time it needs replaced, then replace it, and you have a new target for the hammer to hit. The one think I would strongly recommend is to make extra upper and lower die blacks. You can grab a set of blacks and weld on or shape what ever type die you need later. Trying to find the material to make a new top and bottom die will be a challenge and will eat up valuable time later. Time taken away from the project at hand. Drill a small hole in each upper and lower die set so you can wire them together. The first few die sets are not a problem, but as you gain more and more sets it keeps the set together. The beauty of interchangeable die sets is you can have one die for the top die and a completely different die from another die set as the bottom die.
  10. One thing I could add is to borrow an idea from a vise stand and move it to an anvil stand. Outrigger wheels, leveling screws (if needed), and a long pole or pipe for leverage. Wheels should clear the ground by just a little bit when not in use. Wheels should clear the ground by just a little bit when not in use. Those expanded plate shelves and tool trays are great. You always need a place to put something. When you can position them as close to the work as you want, and then have them swing away or be mobile when needed, is wonderful.
  11. I moved your post to the section Building, Designing a Shop. Some answers are there already. We had one fellow actually build a shop on the balcony of his apartment. It was not at ground level either. Another fellow used a bicycle to transport his entire blacksmith shop and all equipment from his home in the city to a building he rented outside the city. It was transported to and from every time he wanted to work with the forge. If you WANT to do something, you will find a way.
  12. Personally my safety track record forging far exceeds any other safety anything.. Burns, well they are part of the job and after all these years I got used to it.. I prefer 2nd and 3rd degree burns over 1st degree burns while at the forge.. Mind you I prefer not to get burnt at all but its a dangerous job.. Like I said still the safest place I work in.. jlpservices
  13. If you are serious about this craft, "local" means within one tank of gas, and not staying overnight. John McPherson
  14. With a junk yard and a welder and you should be able to make most anything you need. While at the junk yard look for heavy metal objects that can be used as an anvil. While at the junk yard, DO NOT look for things by name, look for things that can be used. Things like old hydraulic cylinders, any heavy plate steel, anything solid with mass.
  15. I did not want to over load him with several MILLENNIA of information, a few centuries should keep him busy for a while. (grin) Read the anvil section of the site for anvil ideas. A hedge hammer hear will work, a fork lift tine, or any SOLID object with mass. One guy used a block of granite, as in rock, for an anvil. An aircraft hanger full of tools will not make you a better blacksmith. Hammer time will make you a better blacksmith.