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  1. Hello I'm very new to this website so hopefully I've done this right, I was wondering if anyone knows where to purchase spring steel bars in NSW (not just the handy leaf or coil springs I'm used to). Someone told me that, phil Johnston from forgemasters had bought it regularly for jobs. But I've tried to find places to buy it, and the best I've come up with is Spring steel flat bars from South Australia. If anyone could point me in the right direction or if you know where forgemasters got theirs I'd really appreciate it. -thanks, Kaylem
  2. Hi there, just got my Fire bricks and refractory cement, going to build my propane fueled forge it shall be a small enough one, big enough for knives and axe heads perhaps but mainly knives for now, I have no fear handling a torch or anything that is required to be done as a black smith/ knife smith, but I am scared of CO poisoning, so my main question is how can I make my forge as safe as possible? I will be using it outside in the open but should I still wear a mask and should I leave the back open? just a few bits like that I would love to have answered! thanks in advance guys. David. edit: also I have a carbon monoxide alarm.
  3. Howdy all, I need some help with this anvil. I bought it today and did EXTENSIVE online research, and the only references I could find to it were on this forum (which were vague). I'm looking for any history/insight that any of you might have into the how old this anvil is, who made it, and any other bits of knowledge you might have. On the anvil itself, the words (barely readable) are as follows Lewis Warranted Best Tiedin (Is this a last name? Am I misreading this? NO results on google for tiedin. Doesn't even sound like a legit word to me) Thanks
  4. Hey to this site and wanted to share pictures of an anvil my grandfather has had for around 20-30 years or so. He got it from US Steel plant, where he worked, and brought it home. They were tearing down some buildings and were going to throw it away and he had it loaded on his truck to bring home. We mounted it on a steel work table so it could be swiveled and rotated. Never have had a reason to use it, but it is one of the biggest and coolest anvils we have ever seen. Each "leg" of the anvil is a different size. They are all the "half-moon" shape.It is also extremely heavy, so no worries of anyone stealing it!! haha. I'm hoping someone here can help us identify it and tell us more about it.
  5. Jim Poulmas

    Bench hammer

    Just finishing up this bench hammer. It’s about three quarters of a pound. Good addition to the bench for layout and small rivets.
  6. I’ve had this vice for about 2 years now and I have no clue what brand it is. Was going to see if anyone had some sort of idea. It came out of a railroad rounding house in Idaho. Thanks in advance!
  7. Got this little soderfors anvil and would like to know more about it. Is it casted or forged? And an estimated date range. There is a mouse hole in the back of the anvil and nothing in the front. Thanks in advance - Beardedblacksmith
  8. I got this little peterwright anvil can anyone estimate the age? All I know it’s before 1908 from the stamping. But the horn makes me believe it can be before 1900’s. But I don’t know
  9. HI there im a second year welding student and my teacher is having me go out and ask blacksmiths some questions. 1. Whats your name and where are you from? 2. How did you become a Blacksmith? 3. What do you like most about your job? 4. What do you dislike about your job? 5. What do you do on a day to day basis at work? 6. Do you have any welding background? 7. What advice would you give to a beginner welder? thank you!
  10. Hey guys I am not sure where to put this if this is not the place please move it to the correct place. My problem is with where I want to go with my life in regard to jobs. I have been preparing to work in law enforcement for several years and have been expecting to do that for longer. However I have been looking into getting a job as a blacksmith because I love working with metal so much. I may have an opportunity to be a spring blacksmith, the problem is it is several years of training. After the guy who trains me retires I would be the only one that can do this job for the rest of my career. I want to know what you guys would do. Confucius said "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."
  11. I brought this peterwright today seeing if I can get a date on it. Its 247 pounds.
  12. Hi all, New to the forums and to smithing. I see a lot of good info here, so I wanted to ask the question. To build or to buy? I've seen a lot of forges online priced $350 and up, that's a big pill for a newbie like me, so I was wondering if it'd be cheaper/smarter to build. I need everything for anvils to hammers and would like to be as economical as possible. So i did some googling, found this site, bummed around Amazon and eBay, and I noticed that buying the materials plus shipping as about the same if not more than buying a pre-made forge. Now, all I looked for was sheet metal, Fire brick (3k degree), KaoWool, and rigidizer. No itc-100, and I figure I can make some Sodium Silicate Glue. The big questions I have are: Can the Perlite-n-Playsand DIY bricks hold up to the heat as well as the Factory made? Is there a DIY KaoWool equivalent? Is the ITC necessary on the forge walls/Ceiling? I have a supply/warehouse within 15 miles of home so sheet metal and Stock shouldn't be an issue. I have drafted a forge design from some pics I have seen around, I also have several tanks around the house (Propane, air tanks, Grills) that I could chop up If my design isn't feasible, seeing as I built it around what I found on eBay for what looked like cheaper than average prices.The bricks I found are keyed so one would need cut in half to square the ends for the forge floor. The inner cavity of my design seems to come out to: 9.5"W x 3"H x 17"L Pics ahoy and thanks for the help in advance! Cut Key Brick Layout.bmp
  13. Can anyone tell me a brand on this swage block? Its 18x18 by 4 1/2 wide and its 275 pounds. The markings are not there do to use.
  14. I have a 207 pound trenton anvil I picked up and it has a badge on it. I have never seen this before and was wondering if anyone knows what this can be. And if anyone can tell me the year of this I would appreciate it alot thanks! -beardedblacksmith
  15. hey if you are a blacksmith that has a brick forge or knows some knowledge about brick smithy forge please I need major info. On how I can seal up the bricks that I have for my forge and what is the extremely best thing to do so. Also if you do this for a job mostly and not as a hobby please reply a.s.a.p.! Hobbyist you can answer as well. oh the attachment pic is somewhat what I'm trying to build. so please help me! and it needs to be at least under $55.00!
  16. Hello! I am the Program Director for the Boy Scouts of America based in Anchorage. We are looking for help with a blacksmithing program at one of our camps this summer. We have a camp located at mile 133 of the Parks Hwy (near the Denali Princess Lodge) called the Denali High Adventure Scout Base. Each summer, Boy Scout units come to camp and participate in a week of activities, including our popular metalworking/blacksmithing program! We have struggled to find a staff member or volunteer for the weeks of July 3-July 23 who has functional knowledge and skill in blacksmithing to help teach the Scouts. Can anyone provide a recommendation of someone you know who may be interested or available? Any interested parties can contact myself at [email protected] This program focuses on teaching the metalworking merit badge ( and exposing Scouts to blacksmithing as a hobby/career. It helps them develop basic blacksmithing knowledge and skills as well. Thanks for the help! You can find out more information about our camp at our website: Post moved to Alaskan Blacksmithing group;
  17. I am traveling to Havana, Cuba and wonder if anyone knows of any blacksmiths that I might visit. Thanks
  18. Hey everyone! I've just picked up the hobby and started acquiring tools a couple of weeks ago. My focus will be knife-making. Here's what I'm currently working with: Workbench - 6' x 2' - designed and built this myself out of 2x4s with a 3/4" Red Oak plywood top...thing is sturdy as a boulder. Future plans include adding some shelves and storage areas, possibly drawers. Anvil - 100# from Texas Farrier Supply I built the stand out of pressure treated 4x4s with 3/8" all-thread rod to connect them all together. The anvil isn't fastened to the stand, just held in place by the two pieces of plywood on either side. The red magnet on the end of the horn there deadens all the ring. The garage door is always open when I have the forge going for ventilation. There's a sheet of plywood behind me when I work because the wife is scared of sparks flying everywhere. Forge - 2 burner propane farrier's forge. I should have done more research before I bought it. The side entry is problematic for the metal stock I'm working with and generally I'm only able to utilize 1 of the burners. My belt sander is there on the right as well. I just bought a cheap one to get me by until I decide this is really for me, and then purchase something more substantial or possibly build my own 2x72 grinder. Welder - I've never welded before. I've had this machine for about a week now, but haven't tried it yet. It's been taunting me every day...maybe tonight I'll give it a shot. It's a flux core only MIG welder. And of course, an easily accessible fire extinguisher. You can also see a blurry bit of my first forging project on the workbench. Tongs! My drill press is on a truck to be delivered any day now, then I'll have all the basics I need. Let me know if anyone sees any safety hazards or something stupid I've done in the pics please! Thanks all!