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Building a Civil War era Traveling Forge wagon, such as shown in my Avatar as seen on the left :D:

Detailed plans drawn circa 1850s by Captain Albert Mordecai for the U.S. army. These drawings were used by contractors to build equipment for the U.S. army during the mid-1800s:
FieldArtilleryTravelingForgeBookNumber61 < BlacksmithInfo < TWiki

Forum discussing the construction of a Civil War era Traveling Forge

Traveling Forge Construction on the BlacksmithInfo TWiki


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In choosing the equipment that you will make/acquire for a Civil War era living history presentation will depend on the amount of time and/or money that you wish to invest in your presentation. At one extreme are those who invest significant time and money in constructing an army "traveling forge", and at the other extreme are Civil War reenactors that purchase a 20th century rivet forge and use that for demonstrations. Most Civil War reenactors seem to choose to use a 20th century rivet forge.

There has been a significant amount of discussion on both Civil War era blacksmithing equipment as well as historical presentations of blacksmithing for other periods of history. I used the search feature at the top of this page and searched for "traveling forge" and the result was a fairly large number of "threads" where civil war era blacksmithing equipment was discussed. Here are a few links to some of those threads. I hope that the information is helpful. :D

- http://www.iforgeiron.com/forum/f85/cavalry-pack-forge-12283/
- http://www.iforgeiron.com/forum/f24/what-projects-do-you-do-you-most-12691/#post118913
- http://www.iforgeiron.com/forum/f85/show-us-your-portable-forge-re-enacting-event-demos-7487/
- http://www.iforgeiron.com/forum/f7/wheels-traveling-forge-now-have-tires-11363/
- http://www.iforgeiron.com/forum/f49/ordnance-manual-use-officers-confederate-states-army-8357/
- http://www.iforgeiron.com/forum/f92/how-do-you-carry-your-tools-demos-living-history-reenacting-8150/
- http://www.iforgeiron.com/forum/f85/period-forges-8025/
- http://www.iforgeiron.com/forum/f7/civil-war-era-blacksmith-wagon-5288/
- http://www.iforgeiron.com/forum/f16/forge-carts-6445/

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  • 2 weeks later...

Are you still here Mike? I hope that the abundance of information did not scare you away.

You could also consider constructing a Russian military forge as shown below. It has straked wheels, and a lot less parts than the American military traveling forge, and since no one has ever actually seen one, no one can argue about its authenticity... I guess. :D

I figure that the frame could be quickly made by glueing up some 2 by 6 boards to make what appears to be a simple box comprised of either 4 by 6s or 6 by 6s.


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