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    Christian blacksmith toolmaker. Contact me for classes.

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  1. Nice plant hanger. Forged a pair of chain making tongs out of 7/8” round, I’m sure these will find many other uses outside of forging chain. I like the way they are being forged from 7/8” I like the size of the boss compared to those forged from 3/4”. CTG then came over for about five hours and we forged out this 8lb sledge! All done with a striker other than the flattening and drawing out of the cheeks which was done with the power hammer. Quite pleased with the proportions of this one. It’s cool how if you have nothing to compare it to it could look as though it’s a 3lb hammer due to the proportions being on point. It’s shown next to a 4.5lb for scale.
  2. Hey guys, I’m wondering if any of y’all know of a book out there that has a picture collection of 17th 18th or even 19th century tools, mainly handled tools. Such as axes, hammers, hoes, tomohawks, etc. would be even better if it was a blacksmithing book showing the construction of them.
  3. Added some links to the chain and also a hook, and then forged a tomohawk out of 10” of 1-1/2x1/4” flat and used a rasp for the bit.
  4. Thank you for the help and videos, it is much appreciated! old crew....if this was made for my brothers fiancé, she had been bugging me about making her a hammer. Now that it seems I’m just doing charity work since the current state we are in no one wants to buy anything, figured now would be a good time to make it. My ML touchmark is there though, just difficult to see in the picture. Just got it handled.
  5. Some chain links, the start of a cupping tool, 1lb claw hammer, and a tomahawk drift.
  6. Jennifer, as you already know, love the hatchets and axe. Is there any threads on here over the forging of them?
  7. Finished the stand and cleaning up a swage block that I will now try and sell. 175lber. I put the half inch bolts on the side that act as set screws and keep it from jumping and wiggling while being used. Also finish ground and handled a 4lb axe I forged while in Montana with Ethan and Jonathan.
  8. That’s what I figured, especially since being out of wrought that would be the smartest option. Mine I just punched and drifted. I took some pictures during the process that might be interesting to some. Starting stock 5” of 1” square. I upset and forged it on the diagonal, so to be able to spread a wider blade and have a taller eye.
  9. Had a somewhat unproductive day in the sense that nothing came out quite how I wanted. I had always seen the old plantation hoes and wondered how they might be forged, I gave one a try today out of 5” of 1” square mild steel with a high carbon but forge welded in. It’s kinda wonky, but in general it’s ok. Forged a couple hardy tool billets to be upset tomorrow and made into cupping tools, and also forged a small stubby 1lb cross pein that came out weird. Also handled one of the sledges I forged and a 4.5lb rounding hammer.
  10. Got back from my trip to Montana with the Chaingang. I don’t have too many pictures of what we made, but you can see most of it on the anvil in front of us in the group picture. I think we forged 8 or so sledges, hammers, hammer eye punches, an axe, and many other tools. One of my favorite trips, should be a YouTube video coming out soon showing it. FB95D63E-BCE8-4F30-8CE3-401E3C999999.MOV
  11. Slightly better pictures of the tools from yesterday ground. Next is to make a few handles.
  12. 1-1/4” round 4140 is what I forged the billets out of today. Yes you did a great job striking. Was a pleasure to work with you.