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  1. My father in law just got me a rusty 6 lb hammer head... I cleaned it up and made a 20 inch handle for it out of a honey locust tree we felled last year. Finished it this morning before work.
  2. Yes, I made myself make my first set, without buying any, then recognized a number of ways to improve things, and made the second set. A great learning experience, and saves money too. The point of the craft for me is just about learning how to make things, most will probably be tools for blacksmithing and maybe some basic woodworking tools too.
  3. Yeah, I've played with set 2 and the work jumps all over, I definitely need to bang a V groove into it somehow next time I've got the fire going. Precious little time with work and family too. Welded up a bending fork for the hardy hole last weekend with the father in law.
  4. First and second set of tongs, from 1/2" round bar. The second set improved a lot over the first I think, the proportions feel better, didn't need to resort to twisting, and cold riveted them together (easy enough). They aren't set to hold anything in particular so they can hold a lot of things, but not very securely!!! I can see adding a longitudinal v groove to them next time I have a fire going. There's always room for improvement but I'm quite happy with pair #2. Anvil - 60 lb Fisher from the 1880's Forge - campfire with blow pipe Edited Monday at 09:40 PM by Mod30
  5. Hi, I'm very new to blacksmithing (first post too), and have had good success with wood in the <10 times I've gotten the "forge" going. I use a camp fire in the back yard, I've tried side blast, and also have a couple pipes I've drilled one is 3/8" holes the other 1/4". Then this connects to an electric blower fan we already had. I tend to use short chunks of scrap lumber or pallets but really just use whatever is laying around. I can consistently get the metal to forging temperatures, but only in a small area, and I am continually poking the coals around, to maintain a nice bed of coals above and below the metal where I want to heat it. So far, getting enough heat in the right place is more challenging than hammering the metal into the correct shape. New guy introduction - mid 30's family man from western Colorado, mechanical engineer, some experience in fabrication and machining, 1888 Fisher 60 lb anvil, minimal blacksmithing specific tools.