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  1. Hello, folks. I've lurked these forums for a while now and I am just finally starting to put enough together to feel like I should join and join in. I was born and raised in Green Bay, WI and live in the Paper Valley. I'm in my mid 30s, have a degree in creative writing of all things, and work in insurance. In college I took courses in art metals, smithing, casting, and forging, so I have a little bit of foundational knowledge, but since it was all focused on artistic creation I wouldn't say I've got a great handle on all of this. I've got a passion for creating things and I've always wa
  2. So now 5 months, many hours of reaserch and 600 cad later i am ready to reveal my new forge to you guys. the burners = orfaces are .023 welding wire tips the top fitting is a 11/4-3/4" the tube is 3/4x8" pipe bottom fitting is 3/4 -1".
  3. After many years of wanting to forge stuff, I am finally giving it a go. Just started a month ago by getting a crappy anvil from Harbor Freight (it's crap, but does work). Started with trying a camp fire in the back yard, that took too long to get hot enough, so I bought a single burner propane forge. Boy, it heats up quick! First project was making a pair of tongs out of 1/4" rebar. It went fairly well, but one of the reins cracked on me and had to do another. Learning experience! They are ugly and pretty thin, but functional. I then ordered a Rapid Tongs Bundle Set from Ken's Custom Iron Sto
  4. Hi everyone! After having a fascination with knives, swords and blades for some years, I discovered Alec Steele on YouTube who took my fascination from a low burn, to a roaring flame! The stuff he made has me hooked, but I heard the odd mention of a show called 'Forged in Fire'. Seeing some of the amatuer smiths that went on there and how basic and simple their setups were, convinced me that it's not 'too' difficult to get started. This lead to me finally getting my xxx in gear and start getting the bits I need to start. After a year of a slow start, I finally have a working s
  5. Good afternoon everyone. Just wanted to introduce myself. I'm Andy currently living in the South Carolina/Georgia Lowcountey area. I am currently working on gathering tools and equipment to get into blacksmithing. Been looking around the forum for a while now, and finally decided to register. Looking forward to gaining knowledge and direction from the experience from you all. Thank you!! Happy Hammering!!!
  6. Hello, I'm new to the forum and really enjoy making things out of sheet metal as gifts. I work as a welder, so I have access to a Trumpf laser, welding equipment and lots of scrap sheet metal. I'd love to try forging some metal, can you recommend any courses or clubs that I can join in South Yorkshire please? Zane
  7. Hello all. Well I've been visiting off and on for 4 years now and thought it was about time I introduce myself. You can call me Jeff; I live in Washington state, no not in Seattle, and have been trying to learn to be a Smith over the last 5 or 6 years but life gets in the way. I have an 80 lb Peter Wright anvil, a post vize that needs a new spring and a new leg, and I have rebuilt my forge 3 times. What was a pile of bricks is now an old sink, a satellite dish and some fence posts for legs. I have 3 books on blacksmithing and developed a deep love of the trade. But I have done very little
  8. Hey I’m new to forging and wanted to know if what I’m experiencing is normal the coating that came with the forge I put on is cracking and outside around where the burner goes is turning white any help or advice would be very appreciated Picture of the forge
  9. Hello, my name is Markus and I'm from Germany. Bavaria, to be more precise. I'm 36 and a complete beginner, in terms of blacksmithing and crafting in general. My father was a metal worker though, so I can fall back on some tools (which most of them I have no idea how to use properly). But even the best tools can't compensate for my lack of basic skills. For now, I have about three days (4 to 6 hours each) of forging under my belt, since I only get to it every other weekend, at best. I built a JABOD forge (with charcoal fuel) and did some small stuff (a curl prototype for a frien
  10. Hello again everyone! I've been learning a lot from these forums and everyone has been great so far. I think I'm ready to attempt making my first forge. Its not exactly what I want but I live in city limits and hope to move in the relatively near future so u opted to build convenient over desire. I've read must be 2 dozen threads on here alone but still feel I'm just grasping at the concepts so consider this a wide open invitation for constructive criticism as I wont he starting construction until i see some green lights from you guys. So heres the plan: I think the JABOD is the best foun
  11. Hi everyone! I'm Jack and I'm from Berks County, PA. I'm actually not a smith yet, but I'm going to be starting my apprenticeship with our blacksmiths at the Daniel Boone Homestead, as a volunteer living historian. (Translation: I'm going to be learning 18th century Blacksmithing!) I'll be starting during our Heritage Day event on the 29th and I'm really looking forward to it. My hope is that I take too it well and that I'll be able to not only forge things that we need for the Homestead but also stuff that we can sell in the gift shop of the Homestead to bring in some more financial supp
  12. Hi everyone, Im currently designing my first forge and hit a snag. I've looked around, but haven't quite found the answer I am looking for. I am going to use a 3 burner, naturally aspirated setup, and am curious, what the experts think about NOT using physical flare within the forge, ie no pipe, but instead forming the flare shape with the refractory. On the exterior, I plan to weld bungs to my forge tank, which my 3/4 burner pipe will thread into. On the interior, Im thinking about just molding a 2" dia hole with the refractory to serve as my flare, if this makes sense. Has anyone else
  13. Hi Everyone! Yesterday I picked up this 140# Arm & Hammer anvil and I was wondering if someone can help me determine the age. The serial number appears to be 15200. Searching online I haven't found an example of an Arm and Hammer anvil with the same logo as mine. After looking for a while I was stoked to locate this anvil because there aren't a lot for sale in my area (Northern CA). I was also really happy to stumble across this awesome forum. What a great resource you have all built here. Thank you! Mickey
  14. Hey there, I'm brand new to blacksmithing but gosh darn is it fun! I live in New Braunfels Texas and Smith just for fun when I'm not working overtime. In real life I'm and electician with local 520 for any brothers out there. I have 2 young kids and a great wife that somehow understands that at the end of a long day of running pipe at work I love to come home and hammer hot metal. I've been lurking in this site for a couple of months, learning and buy tools and building the things I need to get started. I do not have a shop, I have a tool bag with a few basic tools, a stand, a homema
  15. Good evening All. I've just picked up a John Brooks from a farm auction in East Sussex, United Kingdom. I think its a 123 English Hundredweight? I can not find any online pics like it. I've not got it on a scale yet but I can say, I shouldn't pick it up myself... Any ideas? Thank You in advance for your help!
  16. Hello all! My name is Robert. I'm from a little town in Texas called Dublin. We moved here a few months ago from west Texas to get back to a slower pace of life and allow our children to grow in an environment that wasn't so filled with all the modern conveniences and distractions. We have super slow internet and limited cell phone service out here where we live. ( that may have been done on purpose). I've been lurking on the site here for well over a year, slowly picking up tools and supplies for my little shop. As far as my shop.. well its just an old garage that was built somewhere around 1
  17. Hi everyone, I'm new here. I'd like to jump in straight away with an issue I've been having for the last few weeks, and I'd like to request your feedback accordingly. I've started forging knives in my backyard since about a year now. I've been able to make about a dozen knives. I had to throw away a few, as they were mainly for practice in order to improve my skills. I Own a small propane forge (big enough for knives, too small for hammers), have a small anvil (15kg), and thoroughly enjoy the whack whack bit and the wood work finish for the handle. I do not own a proper belt grinder.
  18. Thanks for letting me join this community! I am french Canadian and professional car mech. Began bladesmithing/knife making in August. Having two kids and a full time job gives me much less time than I'd like to spend on this very rewarding hobby. I managed to pull out two knives and a third on the way. First one is 1084 stock removal drop point hunter with bloodwood scales and brass pins. Second was a Xmas present for my dad. B&T'ish forged 80CrV2 through tang with bloodwood and brass. Third is W1 santoku hand forged from a 7/8" drill rod. (Xxxx, that was lot of hammering
  19. Hello all, I was fortunate enough to come into possession of a few 10" pieces of S-7 steel. I would like to make a drift, but would need to upset the round stock in the middle. From what I've read, you should air cool S-7 and avoid working the hammering end. I have a gas forge and can't fully isolate the middle section from getting heated. Can I still cool the ends with water before I upset? Would that make the end product too brittle? Thanks for any/all advice.
  20. Greetings! I used to lurk as a unregistered member just gleaning over posts to gather as much basic info/intel as I possibly could before attempting to build a gas forge of my own. This has been by far the most reliable and most informative of any forum/website I've come across. I've finally decided this time I'm going to build myself a decent forge. No more procrastinating and no more putting off what I see as a rewarding hobby. Only this time I plan on building my forge using the best possible instructions as possible and not rely too heavily on the myriad of designs etc, found a
  21. Hello Everyone. I am very pleased I found this site, I live in Anchorage and have been wanting for a long time to get in the craft of black smithing. I want to finally start this instead of putting it off for another year. Is there any classes near Anchorage for beginners, any one doing any training? Other then reading books and watching videos I don't have any hands on experince. I would like to attend the next meeting for the community, not sure when and where that would be. I am interesting in learning skills and have really no idea other then here where to start other then posting
  22. I’d appreciate any help you all can give me. I’m wondering how to clean up my anvil. I’m also wondering if any one can weigh in on what you think it is worth. I know I got a deal at $50. I’m just curious. Thanks
  23. Hello all, I'm just getting started out and am currently working out of my garage. As a result, I have to drag my forge outside when ever I'm working. I have an old round, fairly shallow forge with a buffalo hand crank blower. The forge is about 2 feet across and about 3 inches deep. Being outside, I am constantly dancing around the smoke. So I'm thinking of building a hood. So here are my questions. 1. Would a hood even work outside? 2. Would a side draft or full hood work better? 3. How low above the forge should I place the hood? Thanks for any help you can giv
  24. Hi all. I'm new around here, and just starting to get into smithing as a hobby. I've got an old length of railroad metal I've been using but recently found this listing on EBay and was wondering if it's worth going for. I plan to be mostly working small things (simple jewelry, small knives) if that helps.
  25. I notice the attempt to rapair on the square side, it shows somebody welded a square piece of steel probably to replace a broken end and a missing hardy hole.
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