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  1. Hello Everyone! This forum seems pretty dead. We should liven it up a bit! I'm a fledgling blacksmith. Just got my forge up and running and mounted my anvil. I have the basic tools and a full tank of propane. I'm eager to get started! I'm totally new to this but I would like to invite anyone out there who's interested in blacksmithing to learn with me! I make no claims of expertise and will in no way be teaching. I know there's a lot of people out there who are interested in blacksmithing but consider it to difficult to get into. So this is a chance to come out and try your hand at smithing. I know this is shot notice but I'm super excited to spend tomorrow with my forge and I'd love to share my excitement and enthusiasm with you! I live in south London and will just be chilling in my backyard most of the day. Send me a message if you're interested in coming by!
  2. McGee Ranch Blacksmithing

    57 hours

    Hand forged leafspring with custom finger guard, mosaic handle pins, redwood burl, custom graphic designs by me. g10 liner on front,back.middles of tang. double edged super penetrator profile for dispatching hogs.

    © MCGEE RANCH BLACKSMITHING

  3. Hey guys! I've posted and talk about a propane tank enclosed forge me and my dad are building, but now I have some questions about our old brake drum forge we built maybe 4 years ago. It's pretty open, (Check pics) though it holds a decent enough amount of coal. But the problem is that I'm not getting enough heat. It take a long time to heat up the steel, and it's hard to heat up even just a rail road spike to bright orange. So... What can I improve on this forge to fix this? We only have the one pipe at the bottom of the forge for airflow with a little door at the bottom to let out xxxx, and I am using a little electric squirrel cage blower as a bellows. I think it might be possible that the air is hitting the metal, so it cools it off rather then just blowing the fire. I also am getting a lot of small coke and small clinkers down the pipe, but I think just welding a grate over it would fix it. What do you think? What would help? Do I need more airflow, and the airflow spread out more rather then just the one spot? Also, we don't have an anvil but we do have this big 150-200 lb. steel block that's perfect, it just doesn't have a horn. Though, I'm thinking I can just turn a cone on the lathe out of 3"-4" steel bar and weld it on. Would that work do you think?
  4. Introducing the 'Timber Tools & Artisan Shows' coming in 2019 to Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra! This new show format aims to bring artisan crafts, rare trade & traditional skills and skilled makers skills together to inspire our communities. As the name suggests, the shows will stay connected to it’s woodworking heritage of over 30 years but are evolving to include complimentary creative disciplines and crafts. We hope to inspire visitors to find a new art, learn more about it and gain the skills and tools they need to start their own journey to creativity. Our Brisbane show is the first of 2019 and will feature over 180 exhibitors. See poster attached for more information. If you are interested in being an exhibitor or demonstrator, contact our events team: [email protected] TTAS_SalesPoster_A4_Final.pdf
  5. I would like opinions for those who have used flypresses for general forging work what sizes they prefered and why. Are you all happy with your press? If not, what size would you prefer? Thanks Josh
  6. I bought this small vise at a trades day it looks like I small post vise but it doesn't have a post I was just seeing in anyone might know more about it then me. There is no name on it or any markings. Thank you
  7. Looking for somewhere I can get coal without the hassle of buying bags or shipping. Anyone have any leads? Thanks!
  8. Hey There! Thanks for letting me be a part of this wonderful group. This Sunday just passed I had my first blacksmithing lesson with London Blacksmith Kevin Boys and managed to come out with this basic Viking ladies knife (I think? ), pictured below, in a little over 2 hours! I have been simply obsessed with blacksmithing for about 2 years now, but haven't been able to pursue anything... Partly to do with living in central London ( You know how hard it is to find a forge in London?!) and also with me finishing my University studies. This is the first time I have been able to put things id learnt on paper into actual physical use and nothing has ever felt better! Its so primal and elemental! I thought I would join the group so I can learn more and more every day, and that I can also keep some folks up to date with my progression in my weekly 2 hour class and my quest for a reasonably priced workshop! Thanks all and hello!
  9. So, I'm writing a paper for my English class, and I decided to write about two things I have a passion for. My question is which version of metal work is better? Who here would take blacksmithing over welding and vice versa. Why do you choose one over the other? I'd love all of your opinions and I can't wait to hear from you all.
  10. Hey I have been looking at some shop presses recently and was wondering, is ther any reasons why i couldnt use a press from harbor freight like the one in the link? https://www.harborfreight.com/20-ton-air-hydraulic-shop-press-with-oil-filter-crusher-65330.html
  11. Anyone adept at mold making and casting flintlock musket parts?
  12. I am not sure if this is correct place to ask, but enyhow I am going to buy a lot of SS2230/50CrV4 grade steel, but issue is is it good enough for gardening tools and also for making some blacksmith tools like hot cutters etc. I checked quite many sources and still can't figure out... Bladesmith charts says used for large knives but thats all I can get that says its good for something. Its tool graded steel with about 0,5 C amoungst some other propeties. I thank you all for answers in advance
  13. 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 (https://www.meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Metalwork) 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: https://www.scoutingalaska.org/DHASB Post moved to Alaskan Blacksmithing group;
  14. Is a rounding hammer very usefull/nessary in blacksmithing? Is it something I should definitely have or not?
  15. Hi my name is Boedie I'm 16 and have been trying to get into blacksmithing I've forged acouple things in a forge I made out of a old grill filled with dirt, if anyone has any tips or advice I'd be glad to hear it, i live just north of Atlanta GA
  16. So my friend and I want to start blacksmithing. We have already quite a bit of experience with heated metals and we already have a forge. The question remains: what anvil do we choose? We have a budget of around 50$. We found a piece of railroad track for 30$ which is around 30-75 lbs. The only issue with this one is it doesn't have a horn or hardy hole. We also found a 20lb anvil on Ebay for 50$ it has a hardy hole and a horn. The only problem with this one is it weighs 20lbs! We don't know what to do! Does anyone have any suggestions? Our goal is to make a forged rebar bracelet and or a few knives. We also found a few Harbor Freight ones, but they are of awful quality. (A.S.Os Ya know?) Thanks! Jacob
  17. Hey guys, It's been a little while since I've been on here but I have questions. I have a half round horse rasp that I can see the letters A and R inside a picture of a horseshoe and underneath says made in U.S.A. I was wondering who makes this horse rasp? Second question is how can I save this image because I want to forge a knife from it. Thank you very much, ACforge