TheZLS

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  1. Great job. Especially for your first one.:) I think that you worked the head of the spike out just fine. Yes, there are some out there that look more "refined", but I too like more of a rough look on some things. Keep up the good work and thanks for posting the pix. Make a few more and post more pix.:D


    Thank you, I really appreciate it. I'm planning on making another with a hammer on the end rather than the spike, which I'll be sure to post pictures of.


    That's a really good idea! Going to have to try that myself.

    Thanks! Definitely do and post pictures :]


    Nice work! I really like the spike on the end.
    You're not that far from me! I'm Durants neck on the Albemarle Sound.
    Keep forging ahead!
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    Thank you, I'm glad you like it.
    Oh cool deal. Good to see another guy in eastern NC!
    Or forging a head as it were ;]


    Any Orc would love it!!

    For the horde! Thanks, Tim!


    I likey..;)B)

    Thank you, glad you do.


    You done a good job. Now, try throwing and sticking it. My son and I used to have a lot of fun throwing hawks we made. Of course, that was before he discovered the fairer sex. ;)

    I appreciate it. I've tried throwing it a few times and I figure I'm doing it wrong because I keep hitting right on the base of the handle. I think it might be because I'm throwing it like I would a knife. Any tips?

  2. Thanks for the replies guys. Unfortunately being in Oriental it would take me around 7 hours drive to get to either of the meetings y'all suggested. I will be joining the NC ABANA however and there's a regional group based in Wilmington so I'll try to get to that meeting.


  3. Hey Guys, my name is Luke and I'm 18 years old. I recently took a blacksmithing class at the John Campbell folk school to see if I might like to pursue blacksmithing as a career and sure enough I fell in love with the craft! Anyways I've been setting up my own shop and I'm just about ready to start working and I decided that it would be a good idea to get into a forum to glean some wisdom from other smiths.

    I also thought I'd take this opportunity to show you guys a bit of what I made so far.
    This is a backscratcher... Everyone else was making fire pokers and I don't have a fireplace so this was my way around that.
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    My first pair of tongs. They were made from 1/2" square.
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    Just a little leaf key chain.
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    A steel ball. Supposedly in all my teacher's years of blacksmithing he'd never seen anyone make a steel ball. Haha.
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    A hook made from 3/8" round. I'll probably be one of those smiths that starts with round if they want square and square if they want round.
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    And finally a picture of my anvil, which I obviously didn't make.
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    And a couple of videos that show what I did to the anvil and what my forge looks like.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyebIN8Sbhc
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sYNVTq6fjQ

    I just pulled this from the description of the video of what I did to my anvil.
    "This is a hand forged anvil (evidenced mouse holes) that's probably around 100 years old (I really have no earthly idea) and weighs roughly 200 pounds (also a guess as we don't have a scale). It was given to me by someone that was moving away and wanted the anvil to find a home with someone that would use it. She had gotten it from her parents who had found it in a barn they bought back in 1952 in upstate NY by the Hudson River.

    When I got it it was really rough looking and it was clear that it was abused by previous owners. There were chisel marks on the face of the anvil/around the horn and there was paint on the face of the anvil and some spray paint on the side which I removed with a wire brush.

    This is the process I underwent for removing the paint on the face of the anvil...
    I ground off all the paint that was on the face and horn of the anvil. This revealed tons of deep scratches, dings and marks. I then continued to grind the surface until it was nearly completely smooth but some stuff was just too deep to really effectively remove without creating more trouble. After I did that I took a belt grinder to it using 40 grit sandpaper to remove a little bit more material and the circular grinding marks. Once I was satisfied I switched to 120 grit and went back over the whole thing. "

    I apologize if there are too many pictures, I just like sharing. Thanks for reading!