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  1. Where would a beginner (without bags of money laying around all over the place) do best in finding some hammers and tongs to get started with? ebay seems to kill you on shipping costs, due to the weight of things. Can anyone give a rough idea of what one would expect to pay for hammers in the 3lb-5lb range, and tongs? Also if there are "bare necessity" types of hammers, hardy hole tools, and tongs one should pursue to start with I'd appreciate the tips. We plan to focus on knife making and perhaps some simple projects like hooks and camping gear.
  2. Hello i am starting in blacksmithing and i am having some trouble producing the heat , I've tried charcoal but the ash blocks my blower pipe and i use so much of it to get a decent heat and i tried anthracite coal yesterday and it didn't even light so i need some help! i have an hand crank blower so nothing fancy.. but i just cannot get the heat , I'm from the Uk and all the coal and solid fuel merchants say use Anthracite coal because it produces heat but i couldn't even get it to light Plz help! , my workshop so far has one wall so i practically open aired .. so i need some help , any ideas I've tried anthracite coal and charcoal ... the annoying thing is charcoal is alright but there isn't the supply and in the Uk there are grades of coal and coke so help! ? Any Ideas?? Any reply will be help full ! how can i start in blacksmithing if i can't produce the heat ?? Thanks Toby .
  3. Hello Im Toby Hello i am Toby, i am creative person with an interest in history and work with my hands, and i am 16 Years and wanting to start off in Blacksmithing as a practical hobbie/ Job I am in my Final year of school only a few months left before i do my exams and leave, i am huge history fan i am planning, not only to get into this in my spare time but to also do second world war National fire service and auxiliary fire service re-enactment (All one re-enactment group) because i am going to a Agricultural/Specialised college i cannot continue to study history in that form, i am love learning about the story not only on the front line but the home front aswell, i am planning to go visit Alec Steele eventually and IronDwarf and hopefully they will give me some help along the path and possibly i might see if there is a local blacksmith near me and see if after college i could start and apprenticeship , because learning is never a bad thing. On the line of the Fire service eventually i want to train to become a Retained firefighter (Volunteer) Basically i just want to give the community as much as possible, i am kind and honest person at heart except when people make me angry of course ahahaha :) And the hardest thing with all this ambition , i have Autism and ADHD so it one step at a time, gaining trust and learning is important to me, as my favourite quote 'We make a living by what we get , but we make a life by what we give' Winston Churchill, I am also planning to start build a workshop to start me off any suggestments on what i should do first and just say Hello i am sure that i will say Hi and reply back Anyway i am sure you can tell two things first my grama is xxxx and second i TALK alot but thats not a bad thing at times, i make friends in the oddest of places at times Anyway Thanks this seems like a good community even thought we live thousands of miles away from each other in some cases or some right nearby. Ahaha :) Have a Wonderful Day!!!
  4. I am in the process of making my second knife. I am filing the bevels and I am having a hard time keeping them straight. They look rounded and uneven. I have already spent many hours filing but I cannot figure it out. I was wondering if there are any tips or tricks that I might find useful. Thanks
  5. After some time of deliberation, I have finally found the where-with-all to start assembling my forge. I have had great trepidation in embarking upon this venture; Partly from fear that I would fail miserably, and partly from logistical inablilty. All that withstanding, I am currently converting a charcoal grill into a portable forge, and in the process of aquiring the few bare essentials required to begin. One aspect of my personal outlook on the craft, a general distaste for anything modern, has made it both easier and more difficult in getting arranged. While remaining true to the basics reduces costs, it also makes finiding certain critical tools more dificult. A prime example is the Pedal Grinder, I am very much trying to find. Once a staple of every farm in the country, it is now nearly impossible to locate. Also, I do not deny at all, that hand grinding the bevel on a chisel is infinately more difficult than taking a couple of minutes on a side grinder. It is however, more rewarding to my (perhaps masochistic) point of view. Regardless, I intend to be very active within the coummunity, and certainly intend to shamelessly pick the brains of all those who will allow it. I would greatly appreciate any responses, and hope to have a veritable network of like-minded individuals very soon. Sincerely, TheCelticDragon
  6. I am wanting to take up blacksmithing and I don't have alot of money but I am looking for a cheap anvil are there any cheap anvils out there. I was looking at a Grizzly 55 lb iron anvil. I was wondering if there are any cheap kinds out there that I could buy or if there are any specs and materials they should be made of.
  7. Hi All, Finally able to get back on here to learn and post. The forge I put together with a bunch of spare iron. She's not the prettiest girl in town, but I think it will do what I need It's mobile. Has wiring on the top and bottom for hanging tools. The forge is an old brake drum. Blower is an old hair dryer with the heating element removed. Fan control is an outlet and rheostat that I've wired up with an extended cord Anvil. Around 60 lbs. Granted its small, but I am beginning Lastly, some Railroad junk I picked up. I have no idea what all the parts are. My question about these parts is this. I have very little tools to work with, what can I make out of this junk? Parts and descriptions below 1. Plate, about 3/8" thick. I was thinking of using the center of this as a possible swage block (drill different size holes and different shaped "dimples") 2. J-Shaped, has a groove running along the outside curve about 3/4-1" wide 3. 2 pieces of 3/8" plate welded together on the left side, could be separated 4. Some kind of a pin, the thick end has approximately a 1-1/4" diameter 5. A brake shoe arm? Not sure. The tapered end at the top of the picture has a recessed, threaded hole. The entire piece is solid 6. 3/4" round twisted bar. 7. 3/4" x 1/2"? flat bar 8. This is possibly slag. I weighs about 8 pounds. The slanted cut appears to have machining cuts on it 9. Spike. Other than knives, can these be made into hardy tools? -Jeff
  8. Hi guys, I have recently gotten into smithing, but it has always been a great interest of mine. I wanted to get y'alls opinion on my newly built brake drum forge. In the pic the forge is on the right and my 1826 Mouse-Hole anvil is on the left. The anvil is solid cast iron with a forge welded steel striking plate. I am also looking at different types of forging hammers and would greatly appreciate your opinions on what weight and style would be good for someone starting out. I know this is a lot of beginner stuff and probably doesnt belong here but I mainly want yalls opinions of my new forge. Also, the other pics are of my first forged cooking irons, They're not the best in the world, but i thought it was pretty decent for my first time putting hammer to anvil. Thanks, Jaybird
  9. I have been looking for specif information about the experienced of blacksmiths who have experienced blisters. I have searched forums on a lot of sites and can't find anything regarding this specific...obstacle. I've been working at this art for the past 5 months. I have come gotten some nasty blisters. I have gotten a nice callus...that turned into a blister and ripped off a good chunk of my hammer swinger. ****I'm not complaining.**** it's obvious that it comes with the territory...but I am looking for a way to help, not only myself, but other people who may be in my position; to help them work through this in a manner that will help them find a desired condition of their increasingly important hands. ;) I'm curious what experienced blacksmiths would say about this. I'm guessing the smart thing to do is to work in spurts at first. don't work through the pain and let your hands heal up before you get back to your forge. Any specific advise to add to this? :) Many thanks to any attention this gets.
  10. Hey guys, been lurking around the forum for a while, got around to making a forge, and worked some rebar (only rebar) for a couple hours. I had a lot of questions before I started, but actually heating and hitting metal made some things clearer. Now let me explain my setup before I ask anything. Sorry to say I don't have any pictures, but hopefully I will be able to get some up tomorrow. I made a brake drum forge about maybe 4 or 5 inches deep, from the brake drum of a truck in some junkyard. I bought a piece of railroad track from some guy on ebay and attached it to a stump/log. My bellows are box bellows I made myself, they move maybe about 1.5 cubic ft of air for every complete push or pull (1.5 on pull and 1.5 on push, so 3 ft^3 on one repetition). I'm using hardwood charcoal for my fuel, and a 2.5 lbs "blacksmith hammer" from the hardware store. Bellows: First I just hit the metal for a while, flattened it out really thin, then kinda folded it a couple times, getting a feel for the whole process. I noticed the metal became very brittle like after flattening and folding. I had been hitting it for a while, so I'm assuming some part of the rebar composition was lost in the process. I also noticed it had put out little "spikes" or something when I looked at it after it had cooled down, small almost mountains out of the surface. Cut that part off and scrapped it. Any idea what happened, or what the "mounatins" were? Then I tried forge welding, didnt really know what I was doing, I figured I had to heat the metal a lot and kinda beat it into itself. I took some rebar, made a 180 degree bend and started heating it up. I heated it much more than anything I had heated before that. Funny thing is, when I pulled it out, only the main bar was there, maybe at a bright orange or yellow heat, and the part that I had bent back seemed like it had fallen off maybe. What did I do wrong, and does that happen often? At the end of the day, I eventually made a banana holder for my mother, it came as a random Idea after I had made a spike of some sort. I fixed it to a wooden base as it wouldn't stand straight without it. :angry: . I attached some pictures, what do you guys think? Last question, I read on here that charcoal likes deep fires, and I'm thinking that 4 or 5 inches deep won't cut it. I have a small ridge or crevice around the perimeter of the brake drum that I can put a piece of sheet metal into, but I wanted to know what thickness would be necessary to contain the fire? 1/8 might be thickest sheet that would be easily workable when cold, but I don't know if it will be thick enough to contain the actual fire. attached some relevant pictures. tell me what you guys think. Sorry for the long post! :D
  11. LastRonin


    My first ever attempt at chase and repousse. Done with tools I made last night. Got a wild hair and decided to try something new. Used a rubber pad and the bottom of an 8" section of railroad track.
  12. Hey guys, I am completely new to black smithing and want to have a go, however before I begin I need some kind of anvil. I've had a look around but no one in my area is selling any so I thought I might try making my own. A friend from work mentioned that you can start by using an off cut section of I-beam as a cheap first anvil. I managed to pick up a section of I-beam 10mm thick 300mm wide and 500mm long and an even wider section of U-beam I was thinking I could weld on top. I was thinking of welding some SHS to support the edges of the I-beam or even some plate steel between the two sections to add weight and stop it from deforming. I'm just wondering if anyone has had any success using I-beam themselves or could give some advice on building mine. If the I-beam idea is no good I also have an old steel weight, that's 150mm wide 200mm long and 100mm deep that I could use however its pretty scratched and would probably need to be ground smooth first.. I know this isn't as good as a proper anvil and I'm keeping my eyes open hoping to find one but hopefully this will do for the basic learning stage. Any advice is welcome Thanks Leon
  13. I wanted to try my hand at pattern welding. Had read several places that recommended starting with bandsaw blades and pallet strapping. I just recently stumbled on a small supply of each and went for it. I put together a stack, alternating 15 pieces of sawblade and 14 pieces of strapping. I used 20 Mule Team Borax... probably more generously than necessary lol. But I did manage to forge weld it into a -cough- billet. I then put a gentle twist along it. Flattened it to about 1/4" by about 1/2" Curious s to how it had turned out, I ground a section basically smooth so I could try to see what sort of patterning I'd come up with. Here is the ground and slightly polished piece before etching. Please forgive the inclusions and cold shunts... I believe I have seen where I screwed up and will try to do better on the next one. I still went on to etch and see the pattern. I didn't have any of what I could find in the forums and online as etching agents and was about to hunt down a Radio Shack for some Ferric Chloride when I remembered an experiment I had seen, Putting several small balls of aluminum foil in a plastic bottle with about an inch-and-a-half of a certain brand toilet bowl cleaner. The Works has 20% Hydrogen Chloride. This is the result after fifteen minutes in the solution at room temperature. I used a buffing cone on my dremel to polish the surface somewhat. I'm actually pretty happy with what I've learned and look forward to a more successful next attempt. Any advice or comments? Anyone else used this cheap method for etching? Or is there an even cheaper method I don't know about?
  14. I started making this for my Girlfriend earlier today. She's very much into church and God. While I've never been exactly the church going type because of personal reasons, but I do believe. On top of that.. I love her. Anyhow.. I noticed last week that she didn't have a crucifix or cross hanging anywhere in her bedroom. I didn't say anything, but I figured I would fabricate one and surprise her. Below you will see the design I came up with, along with most of the rough fab work done. ( I didn't have much time to work on it earlier, and I still need to finish filling some voids and the grinding). My buddy suggested to me that should engrave it with a religious quote or scripture, but I might distress it instead. Depending on how much it would cost, I might have it plated in chrome, but I would prefer it in silver as it is considered to be a holy metal. This is my first attempt at making a cross. When I'm finished, I hope she likes it. I'll post updates with pics as I progress. Stay Tuned.. ( I uploaded the pic from my mobile, Tap or click-on the pic to view it larger)
  15. I want a vertical forge with a blown burner. Can someone share some plans for this? Not looking to spend a fortune, and I don't have a cutter torch.
  16. So I decided I wanted to mash on some metal the other day and decided to build myself a forge. I started with the following parts, or rather I ran all over town figuring out how I was going to build this contraption. (1) 4.5 gallon galvanized bucket (1) ten dollar hair dryer (1) 2"d 90° black iron elbow (1) 2"d galvanized pipe cap (1) 2"d x 12" long threaded pipe (1) 2"d aluminum heat riser hose (auto store) (I) bag sand (1) bag Portland cement Foil tape I started by making a hole for the 90° in the center of the bucket. Once that was fit, I drilled "jets" in the pipe cap. I then fitted the two together. Next I screwed in the pipe and used some copper plumbers tape affix it to the bottom of the bucket. After assembling the working parts of the forge I mixed up some dry pack, 5p sand 1p cement, and I firmly tamped it into a dish shape. I then let is sit overnight. In the morning I was ambitious to fire up the forge even though it was still a little wet. I figured this shouldn't be an issue though being how porous drypack is. I connected the hose to the pipe with some foil tape and the attached the hose to the blow dryer. (I later found a lamp dimmer necessary to better control the blower, ymmv) I started a small fire and let it warm up a bit, then started adding coal and heating a piece of rod I had laying around. I think it will end up making a nice poker.
  17. I have just recently gotten the Blacksmithing Bug, and I was wondering what all you guys thought of my attempt/idea for a forge. For the Forge/Smelter/Fire Box I plan on using an old Cole Heated Water Heater it is cast iron, has a swinging grate for ash, and is about the same size around as a brake drum (which was my first idea for the forge). For a blower I have an 1880's cast iron blower, the Buffalo Blower #3 that needs a LOT of TLC ] but will be well worth it once its finished. The reason I am using these things is because they were FREE (best price) my in-laws had them rotting away in their garden as decoration. Next best part is, I got a 125# anvil and a number of other blacksmith (or so I think) tools. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
  18. Hey there, I have been wanting to learn how to work metal for a long while now, and recently I decide to try and pursue that interest. I've been reading up on safety guidelines, the different types of tools, how to use those tools, the history of blacksmithing, and of course the typical working enviroment of a blacksmith. It really sounds like something I want to know more about, and something I would really get into and enjoy doing. I haven't even started to gather supplies, but one thing seems rather intimidating to me and that is buying an anvil, or hopefully finding one to use until I can get my own... I live in the Puyallup, WA area and I think I have heard or seen of some forges within 15 miles of here I can go check out, but it may seem rather rude to visit someone's shop and ask if I can use their anvil Anyone have any tips, links, or price values for an anvil? Or any tips or links for a newcomer like me about anything blacksmithing Thanks!
  19. Hello Y'alls I'm a longtime lurker and admirer of the art y'all do. I'm finishing up my hopeful last tour for the us army before I go into the reserves. I plan on trying my hand and forging and iron working.
  20. i'm new to this whole process, and apart from the forge itself, im looking for the general setup that you'd need to build things like swords, axe heads and other weapon replicas and the like.By this I mean tools, and the processes of forging. If it helps Ill be using a solid material forge.
  21. forging aluminum? i know how to anneal it but would like to try hot forging it any tips or tricks would be greatly appreciated