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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.