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  1. I just spent the last two weeks watching Clifton Ralph and Dave Manzer’s RIP DVD’s on power hammer tooling and techniques. Both these videos are well worth the money and time. The Clifton video is a low quality production and not professionally shot but the quality and quantity of information is so valuable you can forget about it not being pretty. I’m sure I could watch Mr. Ralphs work for the next couple years and still pick up information, besides he’s very entertaining and a kick to watch. Kind of like watching a grizzly peel the top off your car, to get at your fried chicken and give you that convertible you always wanted.
  2. Hey guys For my Yr12 research project im making a herb knife and i need some of what steps and techniques would be involved in doing so, I have access to a makeshift forge, an anvil, a large arrangement of hammers, a large grinder, and an oven for heat treating. Disclaimer: Some replies will be used as a source for my project
  3. Hello! Just opening a thread for young beginning Smith's such as myself (19) I'm very much self taught and any helpful tips, tricks, etc, from veteran blacksmiths helps, namely along the lines of bladesmithing but any tips are greatly appreciated. thank you.
  4. Hi all, I was working away on a shelf bracket a couple days ago... ...and to make life easier I make a deep (but not too deep) chisel mark to bend the right angle for the shelf bracket. I noticed that my chisel had jumped the groove ever so slightly (top left). I thought that has some potential. So, I did a test piece and purposefully jumped the groove (like they teach you to avoid, bottom left) and after the bend I got a "twizzler" looking thing at the corner. Does anyone have any pictures of past applications of this, or variations? I hoping to know some history behind this technique, if it has a name and how it has been used in the past. Was it that this is one of those ideas that works fine in mild steel and might be disastrous in wrought iron (due to grain) Like twisting, Its super simple to do, but gives some neat results, and has lots of potential for variation. Thanks Matt Jenkins www.cloverdaleforge.com
  5. Hey Guys, this time I don´t want to promote my own work, but the one of a really great traditional blacksmith in the UK. His name is Simon Grant-Jones and here are two videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfBZdzJvySs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gh0sz6yw_F4 And this picture I also found, he made this candleholder only using traditional techniques: In my eyes that prooves, that one can definatelly survive as a traditionally working blacksmith, not using archwelders and stuff like that. My eyes hurt every time when I see ugly, welded or machineforged fences in the city or even on historic buildings. Take this as a motivation to try to stay as traditional as possible. The smith has always been an innovator, but if stuff starts to be ugly and cheap, this is no innovation, but a stark step backwards! Your - Daniel