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The forge isn’t completed yet but it is functional. But I couldn’t wait to try out forging for the first time. First I need to give credit to all blacksmiths that forge with a hammer, I was wiped out after making these which took about 3 hours (per side). This has only made me more impressed with what can be achieved. Definitely need to work on hammer control. I think i wasn't heating the metal enough and i shouldn't have started with 3/4 round bar. Drawing out the reins almost killed me. After watching more videos of smiths being able to do this in much fewer heats than it took me (1 heat to my 12 I need to do) and the metal seemed to moved so much easier than it did for me. While trying to adjust the reins l noticed a small crack which I assume was because i didn't have them hot enough so l had to tack weld it on one of them. Any advice, suggestions, point out the good, the bad and the ugly will be appreciated.
So I finally got around to using my new anvil only been blacksmithing for maybe 3 months off and on due to having problems with getting fuel but more to the point I finally got a well needed tool my first pair of tongs Wish i had some video to go along with the pictures but sadly I don't. Give me your opinions. These we're made from memory only I did not use pictures, references