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  1. Hey everyone! So I can not take all the credit for this awesomeness, I just "supervised" and reminded the guys to wear their PPEs, but here are some pictures from over the weekend. A few guys from PABA got together to forge weld a 20# 1" piece of o1 on to a 150# wrought iron anvil missing it's face plate (possibly mouse hole but unknown make).  I will say, it was SUPER HOT!  Still need to cleaned up and heat treat still.  I apologize I do not have the finished pictures, only ones from during the process.  I will try to get finished pictures from the others! Videos to follow at some point (I need to edit them still).


















  2. 1 hour ago, ThomasPowers said:

    Of course!  However I teach my students that it's OK to brand hecklers...


    38 minutes ago, Wroughton said:

    A dangerous game there, poking fun at a blacksmith in their own shop.

    You could end up with your tongue clamped in a post vise.

    I have a pair of pick up tongs that extend my reach about 3 feet.

    I probably can't pull a fly out of the air with them but I could sure get a tongue. 

    Whilst you think that's the worst thats going to happen Thomas is warming up the



    Tread lightly


    Well to be fair I am heckled often about how I curse forges, that I'm THE sandwich maker, and such. The old saying is to only dish out as much as you are willing to take and with that I am keeping steady.

    It's my forge as well sooooooo..

  3. 10 hours ago, Frosty said:

    Just for the record Judson, Marcy is never rude besides being a blacksmith she's too hot to be rude. Because I say so. :ph34r:

    Frosty The Lucky.

    Haha, thanks Frosty! And yes I agree with you Judson, if I come off as seeming rude, it is not my intention.  And I also agree that basic principles of blacksmithing need to be acquired before getting into crazy difficult things. I can say with certainty that I can made a knife, after a year and a half of blacksmithing, but it is crude at best. I can also say making billets is much harder than just beating some metal together. 

    Blacksmithing is a trade of love and failure, once you start, you cannot stop, but it will frustrate you to no end. 

    Forge welding is about knowing how to get the metal clean enough, hot enough, and how to hit it soft enough to stick.  I know that last line seems backwards to what you would think blacksmithing is, but not all hammer work is hitting hard, it's about control.

    I would say to start small and work your way up because starting big and complicated you aren't going to find your real passion, you will just get extremely frustrated.


  4. As Frosty said, you should get the basics of blacksmithing down first. Forge welding is its own beast and using a power or treadle hammer are not good ideas for making damascus. In reality if you wanted to make billets without taking the time to learn how to forge weld you would need a press, not a power hammer.

  5. So I decided yesterday that I wanted to make a little music note keychain for my mom.  I already knew it would be extremely heat sensitive but I learned a lot along the way of making it. I took 3/8" round bar and tapered it down to 1/8" round. After coiling it up on its self I kept burning my fingers trying to finish the other end! I did end up finishing the project but decided I either need better tongs for small work or a smaller fire to protect my fingers.


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