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  1. Hi everyone My name is Adrien. I live actually in South Africa until July 2016. I am French. I am 20 years old. I actually working with a artist blacksmith in Cape Town during 3 months again, but I want to visit more workshops and discover more technics. It's why I a chose to contact all of you. My plan it's to do a trip of several blacksmith workshops in South Africa during 3 or 4 months. I don't do that for money, for me it's juste a great expérience for learn this beatiful and varied job. About my expérience : It's been 5 years since I started playing the Hammer in France a cross différent workshop and régions. In the begening a learn métalworking but I chose to become a artist Blacksmith. This year a chose to live this experience in South Africa because I love this wonderful country and meet some different cultures. It is also to work my English... I come in Cape Town in Septembre since the first week when I arrive I find a work and a house in Cape Town... But for the end of my year here I want to travel and meet some other blacksmith. If someone are interested about my project and wants to know more about my work send me a pm. Just some weeks or days with you, in your workshop in your town it's gonna be a great exchange and sharing moments. This trip will also help to know the South African blacksmith in France. Thanks for your help Best regard Adrien Corbin
  2. I've been having to work out of town a good bit lately and when I've been home on the weekends, all the built up honey-do's have kept my coal forge being a cold forge. I've been carrying a 14" chunk of rail (it weighs right at 43#) in my work van for several months now. So I got fed up and took an angle grinder to one end of it. I got rid of the mushroomed edges, flattened out a rough cut that was made and added a couple of features. I started with a miniature horn on one side of the base and rounded the other side into a bottom fuller. Then I added a hot cut into the end of the web. I took an old cheap pair of small lineman's pliers someone had buggered the cutting part of, and ground them into a small pair of tongs with v-grooves to hold round or square stock as well as flat (Probably no more than 1/4" stuff). I cleaned up and freed up a small pair of rusted up snap-ring pliers and repurposed them as scrolling tongs. The tools aren't real big, that's a quarter between them. But they work for what I want them for. I bent a short piece of 1/4" round into a stand for my propane torch... I used a little scrap sheet metal, an old tin can from the side of the road and some kaowool (or something similar) scraps I talked the guys rewrapping the boilers and pipes and such at a NG Power plant out of to make a soup-can-forge. I fired it up yesterday afternoon in the back corner of the hotel parking lot. It got the 1/8" round stock up to bright orange easily. I made this little leaf keychain charm, brushed it with a brass wire brush while it was hot and will spray it with clear-coat soon. It was fun to get some smithing in.
  3. So I am in Mountain City, Ga. with my folks for a few days on a little mini vacation before I go back to school and was really surprised but how anvil rich this area is. Today was our first full day here and I counted 6 anvils and one anvil/vise. Five of the six were at the flea market just north of town. All seemed to be very reasonably priced in the $2.00-$2.50 a pound rage. I know I saw a Trenton (250-300lbs), Fisher (+- 200lbs), and a odd little Vulcan anvil (90lbs). Went to just a few antique shops as well and saw the other anvil, its was about $3.00 a pound and the little anvil vise. On top of that I saw lots of hammers and tongs. I only picked up two of the tongs today but thats only because I already have 2 anvils and about 20 hammer/ hammer type tools. But needless to say if anyone is in the area and looking to pick up some gear it would be worth looking around here for a day or two. We are here for a few more days and we are going to lots more antique shops so I'll post if I find anything else interesting.
  4. Hey Fellows! Those of you who frequently read my posts, respectively watch my videos, might already know that I try to work with as many blacksmiths as possible. Especially those in my youngster age. And also that I always have my camera at hand to capture the best moments for me and those that are interested in it as well. So was it that I visited Alec in England over the Easter holly days. I´ve already worked with him two times before and he is not only a colleague, but also became a good friend of mine. We had four days to work, but unfortunately I´ve been sick in the beginning, so we weren´t be as productive as we could have been. Nevertheless we made a bunch of very cool tools both for me and Alec and also some nice artistic items. Furthermore it was a good preparation for he demo at the NWBA in a few months. This is all we´ve produced (On the huge sledge I´ve only made a new handle): This is what I´ve taken home with me: Our last project: A Brazeal style fullering hammer (not a rounding hammer) from 40mm square 1045 steel: One day I was so sick that I could not forge. So I decided to film Alec whilst forging and we made a real little image film for his work. I put all my expertise and efford in the filming and the edit and I really hope it paid for it! (For who is interested: Camera: Canon EOS 650D (Rebel T1i), Lens: EF 24-70mm f/2,8 L II USM) But see yourselves: Last year Alec was on tour with the YoungSmiths, which is an international group of - who guessed it - youngs blacksmiths that was founded by Brian Brazeal. They traveled around the USA and gave public demos. I am always impressed, what skills this young lad, who only reaches up to my chest and is with 15 still three years younger than me, already has. This year I am supposed to also take a course at Brian´s and join the YoungSmiths as well! So my visit at Alec´s place also was meant as a preparation for summer. We also filmed a tutorial about how to forge cranes: There are some more video that are not edited yet. If I decide to upload them I´ll post them here later. I hope you enjoyed my little diary! I am looking forward to a lot of very cool experiences and good crafsmanship with Alec, Brian and the YoungSmiths in summer. This was it from me so far! Yours - Daniel
  5. Hey Guys, during my autumn holly days I paid Julien Puy a visit in his shop near Dijon in France. I stayed with his family for four days. I helped him out in the shop, therefore he showed me some cool new stuff. He used to be a blacksmithing instructor for four years and did a lot of traveling around the world especially USA, the Netherlands, Germany and the Czech Republic. On the first day we made this clothes hanger: The second day we made two Brazeal style rounding hammers. One was for a customer of Julien, he was forging and I was striking. Here you can see a video of it: After that we made a second one for me. I forged and he striked. Unfortunately there is no video of it... Toolsteel with a carbon content of 0,48% was used, pretty similar to 1045 or C45 steel. The handle I made myself from African hardwood. The hammer head ways somewhat around 3lbs. It is hardened and partially tempered at the cheeks. The all-in-all price for that one was 150€ (~200$). The next day we made inter alia this axe blank from pure iron I will weld in a cutting edge and finish it soon: