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  1. Hi I’m new to the forum and to smithing, I am excited and hungry for knowledge, since I was a kid I always loved knights armor knives axes swords etc, but was more fascinated by the men who made these tools of utility, warfare, and beauty and I’ve wanted to be one of them my whole life. So I’ve built a small foundry before out of an old steel bucket and some homemade refractory cement(plaster of Paris and play sand) that was coal powered and worked like a champ for melting aluminum and softer metals to be cast, even managed to burn through a steel crucible once. Now I’ve recently
  2. Hey everyone, new guy here. Looking to get started soon and just wanted to say Hi! Located in central Illinois. Always been interested, finally starting to work on collecting some equipment to get started and super excited to be here!
  3. Hello, this is my first post, just want to say hi from N. Ireland. I[m retired now but have a wide interest in wood, iron, leather, canoeing, flintlock era and my dog. Also married with 3 adult kids. Like most people reading this, we are in lock down here from COVID 19. My wife is American and our daughter is current living in N. Jersey so we have concerns about that but nothing anyone can do. So keep safe and make the most of this time to be creative and enjoy those who really matter.
  4. Just fired it up for the first time. Noticed burner getting hot may need to insulate port better. Only one burner of two on and barely gased.
  5. Hello, I'm 23 and signed up maybe 3 min ago. I have 0 "experience" in blacksmithing but I've previously been a welder and metal worker. I grew up on a farm by round hill Alberta for 3/4 of my life and recently dug out an old fire pot forge table from the Bush. Ive simply restored it and have the basics of what I need to start; hammers/ cross and ball peen, 2 sets of tongs, an anvil and coal. I have a general idea of what to do but am lost as to where to start, I've watched alot of videos but they quickly transitioned from basic education to watching masters work with no direction and just fant
  6. Hey Guys, I'm quite new here and wanted to share my finally working DIY burner design (input is always welcome) and want to share my lengthy learning experience with a lot of pictures and examples, so others can learn from my mistake. Where I am located in the Netherlands, where this sort of plumbing for smaller sizes is quite hard to get, which is the reason I built a 1 inch burner. Background information I started my burner with parts-information stated in the description of a YouTube video. I can hear the experienced members thinking, what an idiot, because Indeed I did
  7. Hey everyone my name is Dallas. I am from Southeast Texas and no I am not named after the Cowboys. Yesterday I built my first forge out of an old grill a roommate said I could have and some bricks from Home Depot. I have been wanting do do this craft for several years and didn’t know how or where to start. So I thought the best way to learn is to fail so don’t hold back when correcting me. Thank you for your time and I look forward to any input so that I can forge properly and safely. Thanks Dallas
  8. Hey all! So I got some awesome advice regarding side blast forges ans have settled on a design for that (will post pics and updates later) but now I'm looking at bellows. I don't want to use a blower and would prefer a traditional bellows but havent really found any good info online about materials for making them. What are some alternatives to leather that I can use to make some large bellows for my furnace?
  9. So I've just started blacksmithing. Currently I've been practicing hammer control on making miniature swords out of old nails using a blowtorch for heating but I'm really looking to get an actual coal fire going. I've seen a lot of posts, videos. etc about ways to go about this but they all have varying concerns for me and so I decided to make my own post so you guys can help me decide how to go about this. I'd prefer to go "old school " where possible as a large part of learning to Smith is the medieval history aspect so I want to do coal and manual bellows. I'd seen some stuff that i can use
  10. Hi all! I am just getting into the trade. Like, I have had a couple basic lessons and have made a bad leaf and helped make a bottle opener. Really new! I am working on setting up a little shop. I have an ASO (8 inch rail section that I need to mount) and a small forge (Whitlox Mini-Forge), a few hammers and one set of tongs. If there are any smiths that I can meet in the Beaverton/Forest Grove area, I would love to make some connections. I am in the mode of consuming as much media and watching blacksmithing as much as I can while I get a space setup to actually forge in. Lo
  11. Hey there everyone! My name is Michael and I’m new to the cute and blacksmithing. Just picked up my first anvil it’s a 150lbs Fisher eagle from the 60’s. I look forward to learning from you all and posting some of my work. Any advice helps. I have a LOT to learn.
  12. I'm a newbe to the hobby, 65 years old with time and a friend who want to try banging steel. I'm a retired graphite machinist with access to the material. Having looked at what's out there I thought of a kind of new approach. My ex employer gave me a couple of crucibles 15" od x 14" Id 9"h made from electronic grade graphite (very strong and heat resistant). We put a 3 " hole in the side and blow air from a dog hair dryer from the junk yard.we put 4 3"x3"blocks in the bottom and rest what I call a hearthplate 13.9" of x1" thick with 16 half inch holes in the center area. Crucible is contained
  13. Hi, I've made a couple of knives via stock removal, and I want to try my hand at forging one. I'm planning on building a wood forge using a gas grill lid. I'm using wood because I have an unlimited, free supply of it, and coal is hard to get cheaply in my area. I know that wood has a number of drawbacks, like it has to burn a while to get the coals burnt down to forge with, but I'm still going for it. My question is this, do I need to line the inside of the grill lid with firebricks? I'm 90% sure the lid is stainless steel, and I'm using black iron pipe with holes drilled in it for t
  14. Well here is my first post... I'm about to start the journey of iron working and I feel like my head might be to high up in the sky too think about the negative impacts of this new hobby. I would like some advice that will keep me rooted in the real world. But let me tell you where I am now: I helped a friend work some steel a few years ago and I could never shake off the longing to do it again. I've moved twice since then and will likely be off to the other side of the world before to long. I've read tons of books and watched hours of videos. I picked up a railroad track anvil
  15. Hello everyone! Dave here from South East Pennsylvania. I have been using this sight frequently as it is arguably the best consolidated reference point on the web. I appreciate all of the input and shared expertise that this forum has to offer, and all of the people who have taken time away from forge and family to share it. I hope to some day be able to contribute to the community as well. About 3 months ago my friend and I decided we were done talking about blacksmithing and decided to dive in head first. We sourced an old 14" Champion blower and a decent 70lbs anvil of indistinguisha
  16. Hello all, new to this forum and I was hoping I could get some advice. I am really interested in Smithing and I would like to pick up this hobby, and I have some questions. I am going to start building my forge. I was thinking about welding two 20 pound propane tanks together. I plan on making knives and small swords/machetes and the likes. I plan on lining it with 2 inches of kaowool with firebrick on the bottom and adding a door and all that. It is going to be a propane forge. My first question is will this forge need 2 burners? Or just one? I know there are different kinds of burners. Am
  17. Purpose of New Thread: Documenting my failures and successess while attempting to build my first propane forge. Very detailed for anyone who is super new like me. There is no reason to read or follow this thread any further if you are an expert at building forges and blacksmithing. This thread should be beneficial for those who have very minimal skill and knowledge related to blacksmithing, like me, but are now falling in love with the craft. When I say minimal, I mean limited tools, limited knowledge of how to use certain tools, and your wife will not allow you to even unclog the to
  18. Hi my name is Nathan. I recently moved to Anaconda MT and I am interested in blacksmithing. I recently had the opportunity to work with a farrier for a few days. I currently have some spare time and was wondering if there is a smith in town that may be looking for someone to sweep the shop. Thank you.
  19. Hello, I just wanted to post on here about myself as a greenhorn blacksmith. Im 20 with a desire to forge metal since I was a boy. I've surrounded myself with as much knowledge about the trade as I can. From videos to books and actually getting my hands on a nice 80lb anvil and buffalo blower. I love the art and I hope to make a nice shop someday! Just wanted to say hello on this forum and put myself out there. Mitch
  20. First of all, I will be honest and say that I copied this from my profile after writing it in the "about me" section. I have visited this site quite often and finally decided to become a part of it. May I start by thanking anyone who takes the time to read information about myself. So as to hopefully avoid the inclusion of being associated with many of the people of my generation, please allow me to define some of my backstory. Should you not care about that, you could simply skip to the paragraph following. I have always been ambitious; sated more by knowledge and finding resolute pur
  21. Hello, I just started working in a small blacksmith shop in Cisco, TX. I am an Air Force veteran, aircraft mechanic, separated in early 2015. Working at this shop will be my second job since is separated, hoping to make it into a career.
  22. Hey there, I'm new to blacksmithing (started about three days ago) I am in Shreveport Louisiana and was wondering if anyone know where I could get some coal. I can order it online for $20/50#'s but I was wondering if I could find a place I could drive too. I am willing to drive a few hours and am looking to get a couple hundred pounds. I saw some other posts from people in LA but they were in baton rouge and I don't plan on going that far, I've got smithing to do haha. Well thanks for the help, I'll probably be needing lots of it as I go down this path
  23. Hello, I am brand new to smithing and I am excited to start the craft. I have a makeshift forge and i am in the process of building a anvil stand. (Pics of the forge below) I am looking for any tips/tricks that you guys/girls would be wiling to provide. I will post update pictures as I progress.
  24. Hi guys, Blacksmithing has always been an Interest of mine but Its not up until recently that I caved In built myself a forge, bought a cheap basic anvil, some basic tools etc I also managed to find a few pieces of scrap steel, mainly rebar, flat stock and square stock. I plan on booting the forge up and giving It a try on the weekend and I was wondering If anyone had any suggestions of something I could try to make first? I was thinking of making some punches and chisels. Any suggestions are welcome! David H
  25. I am completely new to smithing, (is that the correct term?) anyway, I was wondering a way to practice without a forge or heat source. I was thinking making a tight packed aluminum mild of some sort and using this for hammering. My mom has a kiln that she doesn't use anymore, but she will never let me use this. I have a soldering iron, could this help somehow? The Kiln reaches 1700' so it wouldn't be of much use anyway
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