Project ideas for the novice blacksmith? in Blacksmithing, General Discussion Posted July 29, 2013 I did a good bit of just squaring up re-bar for later use. Some of them turned into S-Hooks or other desirable things. BUt some evenings it was nothing more than a little OJT squaring up. You can focus on technigue and gain experience without being concerned about a specific project. THe projects can come later from your work of squaring up. I also wanted to see if I could burn metal. And yes you can. This is good practice too. Bring a piece just begining to burn (Sparking). Strike it soft and watch the sparks fly. You get a feel for how soft you can make the metal with a good heat vs a lesser heat.