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Found 5 results

  1. howdy folks, Straycat_74 here in Wisconsin Rapids, Wood County, central Wisconsin. looking for other smiths in the area to hang out, do some forging, and chat/networking. I'm still rather new, and I work as a truck driver too much to make Much headway in teaching myself much, so having another local smith to chat with would be awesome.
  2. Hello from 10,000 feet! Ugh, I never know what to say when introducing myself. My name is Clayton, and I live in the highest incorporated city in the United States (Leadville, Colorado). I'm really new at smithing, and don't have a lot of support as far as teachers in my area. Basically, I've learned a whole bunch from youtube and the black hole that is the Internet. I got into all this stuff because I simply need a way to relax. My job and family are fairly stressful, and smithing/making stuff is super fun. This summer, I'm working on building my first gas forge. I'm using an old propane cylinder to house everything, insulating it with kaowool and a coating of satanite. I'm hoping two 3/4" burners will be enough for the project. It's so hard to tell because I live at such a high altitude. I may have to construct some sort of blower for the thing to work properly. That's a forum post for another day though. Please take some time to say hello. I'll try my best to respond to everybody.
  3. Admanfrd

    Beveling

    Hi everyone, second day of smithing... Sort of. Can I get a short tutorial on how to hammer a bevel? I don't want to grind too much and lose density in the metal. Thanks!
  4. Hello all. My 7 year old son has been hammering soft steel on an anvil I inherited from my grandfather. We realized that he was ready to move up, so I build a brake drum forge. this journey has been fun and we are excited to practice and learn more. We are trying to make all of our own tools, so this will take some time and I'm certain it will be more rewarding.
  5. New From Canada! Hey, I'm a new (Canadian!) blacksmith. My first project (which I'm working on now) is cold-forging a 3'' iron nail into a small knife. I'm making one for my mother's birthday, which is in August. She doesn't like weapons, so I'm cold-forging a nail into a "letter opener" so she can open her birthday card with it ;) . Anyway, I have a few new person question :P Here they are: -What kind of material/metal should I make my pouring shank out of? -Is it okay to use cheap Dollar Store clay for molds (will be pouring molten metal into it), or should I look into specialty stores or something? -What happens when you just melt a bunch of metals together (iron, brass, copper, steel, etc.)? These are tools I have: -Hammer -Vice-crips -Safety Glasses -Vice These are tools I'm getting: -Anvil (my dad's getting me a chunk of metal from his construction site) -Tongs (making them) -Forge (making one out of a barbeque and cement :D) -Safety equipement (for my school welding course, I may wear it for smithing :D) Also, any helpful tips are highly appreciated! :) -Jordan