Focalforge Posted March 2, 2010 Share Posted March 2, 2010 Hello, I just wanted to say hello and introduce my self, as I'm new to the forum. Back in November, I was cooking dinner and had the thought to get into blacksmithing. My inspiration was frankly a set of forged kitchen knives that I've had for years and would eventually like to expand. That night at dinner, I told my wife that I was thinking about getting into Blacksmithing. She placatingly said “sure honey,” unaware that I was quite serious. Well 3 months later, I've acquired an Anvil, ~130lbs Vulcan A&H, 3 hammers, a set of wolfjaw tongs and built my forge. Over the last 3 months, I've also set up some goals. The first major project that I would like to complete is a wrought iron stand/post for my mailbox I would like to start on it sometime in the next 6months or so, but it really depends on how my skill level progresses. I also plan on making my own kitchen knives, understanding that it will take several years, or more, to build up the skill and experience to make something that is both functional and looks good. To build my skill up, I plan on making as many tools as I can. I know I can probably buy them for cheaper than I can make them, counting labor, but since I don't have an experienced blacksmith to learn from hands on, I think I will learn more about the trade by making a lot of these things my self. Here are a few pictures of my forge. The shell is made from an old SS beer keg. I used 3 inches of 2600 degree rated ceramic wool covered in a heat reflective clay. Plistex I think, I picked it up form Larry Zoeller. The interior of the forge is ~ 7.5” in diameter, and 20 inches long. The inside volume is close to 900CI. I'm using 2 reil burners, and was originally concerned with getting to forge welding temp, but I've since verified that I can. I think the reason is because I'm both at sea level, and in a rain forest. The O2 level is higher here compared to a non rainforest environment. Anyway, let me know what you all think. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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