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  1. So I rarely post photos of my work as I'm pretty self critical and don't see much unique about my work making it worth posting. However I shot a few quick photos of some of the knives I still have here at the house while on lock down, and knowing how the group here loves photos, I thought I'd share a couple. Nothing spectacular, just wanted to show that I know a little bit about the trade. Here is a small (8" fighter), Joe Keesler inspired. Lousy photos, looks and feels better in real life. Here is a nice little paring knife that was inspired by an old knife my folks used to have in their kitchen drawer that I admired: How about a big bowie with hot blued, chased and filed mild steel fittings (~13" blade) Here is one with an integral bolster and thru tang loosely inspired by period side knives, with hand tooled sheath and forced patina: A large Bolo with integral guard and G10 & linen micarta handle:
  2. Heya gang, Check out this amazing article The New Yorker did about bladesmiths in NYC. It features fellow Forged in Fire contestant Frankie Sausto, several of my students, and my ugly mug. It's all about passing it on, Theo
  3. Hello everyone, i have been lurking around and reading the forums for a while now. Though it was time to say hello. I have a break drum forge i build for myself in college that i have set up in my dads backyard, it was mostly used for blacksmithing and general knife shaping (in mild steel) exercises. but i finally just moved from the city to my new house in willows Ca! And will be building a small shop and a better knife making forge in the backyard so here I am. I will probably put something in the shop building threads as i start building my shop and have all my tools and supplies moved up north to me. For now I thought i would start on here and see if there are any bladesmiths near my location. so hello again and thanks for all the wisdom you guys have spread throughout this site for us beginners to use PS: Names Kelly, RottenMango is my handle on most my internet stuff, came from my days of computer gaming and i just stuck with it. Someday i will change it to a smithy name when i come up with a good one (and the shop is built and being used haha)
  4. Hello, everyone. I am a transposed smith from down south to the New England area. I'm hoping to set my own shop up once I get out of my 750 sq.ft apartment. In the meantime, I'd like to get back into making knives and trinkets again. I don't have tons of tools, but I do have a 16oz and 32oz ball peen hammer and a vice currently. I'm looking to get a 3lb maul to have cut down into a 2lb dog head hammer. Are there any smiths in the area that would be willing to entertain having an apprentice in shop to help with projects. Oh, and as the title has suggested, I've done Damascus blades before. My favorite 1080/1050 with about 60 layers, and sometimes ladder patterned.
  5. Greetings all! I'm a newbie to the forum and blacksmithing. I recently started learning the trade in early November. I'm also a member of the Florida Artist Blacksmith Association. I look forward to learning more about the trade and skills and meeting/talking with people of similar interests. Thanks, James
  6. G"day from Australia Just curious what kind of hammers everybody has in their blacksmith forge! Im still new to this but here are my hammers.
  7. Another sword from my Union Forge. I learn more each time. This one is ~60 layers that I welded in my coal forge and drew out and patterned in my propane forge. Has raindrop pattern. Specs: 2.2 pouds 24" cutting edge 32" overall Hilt handle is black leather ove wood with two pins under leather. Pommel is layered steel (1095 & 15n20) and hot peened plus one brass pin. Handle is twisted pattern welded billet (1095 & 15n20) Sword is made from 1084 & 15n20 Balance point 4 1/2" from gaurd spacers are aluminum
  8. I'm a new member here and I thought this may be a good place to put a timeline of my blades for all to see and give input on. I've been a stock remover for about a year now but have only been a blacksmith for a month or two at this point in time. This first picture is the first blade I've forged. The only time I used the grinder was to clean up the grind some and sharpen it. This second picture is the next blade I forged. I made it out of some blister steel (that's a whole other story) an completely forged it, bevels and all. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more! I usually can get a couple done per week so I'll try to stay as up to date as I can. Feel free to give me feedback! no this was not a good place, we have a knife section, I will relocate for you.
  9. Hello everyone, I hope this is not a "throwing myself to the wolves" kind of thing, but even if it is, I'm used to learning the hard way. Anyway I'll get straight to the point, all I have ever wanted is to have my own woodshop. Now don't get me wrong, I love and admire the blacksmith, the trade as well as the man, however, wood grows on trees, and metal lives in the earth. I do have one problem though, and it's got a lot to do with liking to make things. I've tried 'smithing, it is just a little too expensive and I have had trouble securing a decent anvil, and a forge, which is pretty much the whole thing in a nutshell. But before I go dig a hole in my backyard and fill it up with coal and rig up a shop - vacuum and drive the neighbors crazy, I wanted to ask if anyone would please share any experience they had making wood chisels. I know they can't be the most difficult item to forge, I just have found about zero videos of people doing it. I'm talking no bigger than 1"x6-8" most smaller than that. If I knew a smithy I would just ask him to show me or let me work in his shop. I'm just tired of buying cheap Chinese crap worthless chisels. I want my own, and I'll forge em if I have to. Any information you have on this subject would be gratefully appreciated. Ornate whittling is something my grandfather taught me but woodcarving is my next step and I've gone through some chisels in the process. That is all. JTD
  10. Hey guys, I'm a newbie, but Theo Rock Nazz is NOT. Check out this video I did of him when he was heat-treating a blade I've seen him craft for months. It's at night in his own forge in the snow, it's kind of badass but not as much as he. Watch him and the energy he puts into his art, listen to the commentary he gives:
  11. Any smith in the UK in need of a volunteer? I'd like to learn all about blacksmithing through some kind of work for accomdation type of deal. I'm a total beginner but not afraid of hard work. I would need a place to stay but I can sort myself out concerning food and the like. Just putting it out there. Cheers, Joe
  12. Afternoon, everybody... As the title suggests, I have registered here with the intention of re-starting the craft that was lost to me over fifteen years ago when a certain individual found it in his best interest to rob me blind of all the gear I had purchased and used within a two year period of time. As such, in the thirteen years I have spent after-the-fact, I have managed to come to realize that there are just those people out there who need your stuff more than you do. What else can you do but whine and complain, right? So to make a long story short, I have over 15 years of R&D experience but have severe limitations as far as actual shop experience is concerned. Does that make sense? Now I'm going to sound rather blunt on this next set so I sincerely hope that those who read this will take everything in good stride, try to understand the situation from MY perspective and refrain from jumping to conclusions. A.) I prefer to purchase steel/pipe from online stores. From my experience a few days ago, there are a couple of members on IFI that I know of (no names given) that frown on this concept to the point that when brought up in general civilized conversation they end up becoming belligerent and down right insulting. The real question to this argument is, who's money is paying for what now? To further elaborate; 1.) I live in the Great North Woods of New Hampshire, USA; a place that has pretty much died economically since I made my first move out to California in 1997. Virtually all business that transacts with this part of the state comes from Southern New Hampshire or Maine (Vermont if you need dairy, Canada if you need electricity). There is exactly one structural steel company in and around the town and that went bankrupt over eight years ago. No steel, no scraps. If it is wood you are looking for, then everybody can help you! Logging country. 2.) The junkyard (scrapyard) down the street is NOT open to the public as it is officially a recycling center that has contracts with various larger corporations out-of-state (I've tried). A six-pack of beer will not give you dibs on their dumpster. 3.) If you are a blacksmith in this part of the country (or want to start the trade), you would overall be better off to haul a gigantic granite stone out of the forest and beat on that than to get any sort of steel to fabricate your own anvil. It's been done, so why not? B.) I have a tendency to overthink situations and engineering concepts. Even though I have a piece of paper stating that I have satisfactorily completed a chemical engineering program, this does not make me an expert in all fields. That's why I am here. To receive advice and concepts from more experienced smiths. If you feel there is a better way to go about things (cheap and effective), then feel free to share them. Any constructive feedback is appreciated. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Now that I have that mess out of the way, I would like to share some shop concepts with you in this process of rebuilding. Since the snow storms are sitting out on my front doorstep, construction of the shop as a whole won't be scheduled until the spring thaw. So this gives me time. Time, time, time. NOTE: The concept of this shop is to use as little electricity as humanly possible. When it becomes necessary and refinements are needed, a small gas generator will be purchased to power several machines as necessary. Once the refinements are completed, all electrical equipment will be given away or sold. (Reason: A modern blacksmith's shop powered by electricity and without the proper generator during an outage is $ put to little or no use. Wood is what I have and it's wood and man power I will use, per tradition.) THE FORGE (Charcoal) 1. (2X) 55GA. STEEL DRUMS W/CAST IRON DOUBLE BARREL ADAPTER The top barrel will be an enclosed version of Tim Lively's wash tub design, refractory lined, 1" drilled and threaded black pipe tuyere with an elevated medium bellows at the rear for airflow. The bottom barrel will be used for smelting and casting purposes. The rear adapter connecting the two barrels will allow for circulating heat to flow from the bottom to the top with use of the rear flue rig. Airflow will be provided by a larger bellows "on the floor". THE ANVIL I have an idea of what I need but I keep running over tack strips putting it all together. This anvil will be fabricated (block style) but what I am concerned about is cracking the weld when putting two unlike steels together under compression. The idea is a thick 6" base plate of A36 embedded into a sand/concrete stand with a 2" 4140 plate on top. I know something of the sort can be done, I just need a little more advice in this area. If I can reach a total steel weight of 160# or more for relatively cheap, then hurrah, I would have accomplished this goal. The stand itself will weigh approximately 266# alone and must NOT be inground. Total Anvil Dimensions: 8"x5"x10" TREADLE GRINDER (Design only; this treadle grinder doesn't belong to me.) Foot powered grinding capability, less the huge millstone propped between the arms. I will be going with a smaller wheel configuration given cost is a factor in assembly. A belt sander and lathe can be engineered using virtually the same setup here, so I will be using similar types to construct many shop devices. Anyway, small dose of what I have on my plate at the moment. If any of you have any insights or configurations to share, feel free. I'm open to everyone's ideas and am very keen to detail. Thank you for your time and patience! Cheers. :)
  13. Howdy everyone. I am new to the forums, Just moved to Las Vegas Nevada and have all my own start up forge equipment. Alas I have no place to forge. I`m interested in all forms of smithing traditional, tool, blade, armor, etc. Anyone else in the area that my have a place or setup please contact me. I would love to set something up and meet the locals. Thanks for your time. Jaime D.
  14. Hi everyone. My name is Rafael and I am new to this forum as well as new to the trade. For as long as I can remember bladesmithing has been a passion of mine, as well as blades in general. I have spent countless hours reading books and researching the subject, but have very limited hands on experience (several lessons with a local blacksmith). I am looking to start my own shop, a simple one with just the basics. First, I intend to build a forge. I have found several plans for simple to build forges, (http://www.timlively.com/washtubforge.htm or http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/how-to-plans/metalworking/4303543) but I am not sure which one is better, or if there is a better one out there. Next would an anvil and tools. Any advice on where to pick up a usable set of tools or an anvil without spending an arm and a leg? Also, any advice on which tools are a must have for a beginner? Thanks PS. any ideas for some simple beginer techniques to practice or simple projects to start with?
  15. Hi everyone, First post here. Wondering if there is any Irish bladesmiths here that would care to pass on the skill to a young man interested in starting? Thank you for your time. Any questions just ask.
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