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The following are a list of recommended blacksmithing video channels mentioned in a discussion elsewhere. Enjoy.

MOD NOTE:  As these are off-site links, some may contain inappropriate language.

Staff will attempt to keep this updated, as we are able. last update 20 August,2019


ABANA  (Artist Blacksmith Association of North America) https://www.youtube.com/user/ABANAorg

ABS (American Bladesmith Society): https://www.youtube.com/user/ABSwebmaster/videos

Torbjörn Åhman https://www.youtube.com/user/torbjornahman

Some common blacksmithing questions answered by Torbjörn

Aquairon Varna Wrought Iron https://www.youtube.com/user/Aquairon/videos

Mark Aspery https://www.youtube.com/user/MarkAspery

Brent Bailey https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmJ3R3FIdB247BBCNWqVkPQ

Nathan Baker (workingwithiron) https://www.youtube.com/user/workingwithiron

John Bennett Artist Blacksmith https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCU8azQrehtEuev4psv-WjBg

Black Bear Forge https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdOM6Qc53TcWuExrnDLVjXg

Brian Brazeal https://www.youtube.com/user/brianbrazealblacksmi

British Pathe (historical footage, some clearly staged)  https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=british+pathe+blacksmith

Dave Canterbury (Pathfinder School, Wilderness Outfitters) https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZLagqylZ3j7H2MEDrDTb7Dz6xVZeMRTt (blacksmithing playlist)

Chandler Dickinson link removed due to inappropriate content

Eichschmiede https://www.youtube.com/user/elchschmiede/videos

Dennis Frechette https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCLRaymZrLmdb6dZlrJU6nNg

Josh Greenwood/Greenwood Ironworks https://www.youtube.com/user/greenwoodironworks

Gary Huston https://www.youtube.com/user/garyhuston

 jlpservices https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8WRbArfgi8kSaDek7kh_1Q

JWS https://www.youtube.com/user/jwstek/videos

Kovko Kova4 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbsUP_oheVGrAV4nAjnlKcw

Roger Lund:  https://www.youtube.com/user/Kallsmeden1/videos

Andy McKenzie: https://www.youtube.com/user/lizardinc/videos

Tobbe Malm https://www.youtube.com/user/bebeiron

Rory May (Dirty Smith) link removed due to inappropriate content

John Rigoni  doing very cool things with a power hammer: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1pIZaFcd2sTC65bijHrgYw

David Robertson:  https://www.youtube.com/user/dblacksmithr/videos

Grant Sarver (nakedanvil) https://www.youtube.com/user/nakedanvil

Jacob Shafe https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrApggh4IEU9-BnSfRyCxvQ

Alec Steele https://www.youtube.com/user/alectheblacksmith

Joey van der Steeg (Technicus Joe) https://www.youtube.com/user/TechnicusJoe

John Switzer/Black Bear Forge https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdOM6Qc53TcWuExrnDLVjXg

Rowan Taylor https://www.youtube.com/user/RowanTaylor

Peter Ross Working Metal

Making Nails Joey van der Steeg

Joey van der Steeg  Making chain, right and left handed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RC7oRSSlcJQ

Forging nails  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmcDjLn0eR8

Fun watch.https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMYziZlGmVCD8gTxByYkVXg

Making chain, right and left handed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RC7oRSSlcJQ

How to make tongs https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=239&v=ed4Sk05ONak

Fire mainteance  Joey van der Steeg  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=613&v=uygBupdIeHY&feature=emb_logo

NWBA Demo  Forging a skull



On this page, I've put the links to the six parts of a 1986 documentary about a team of blacksmiths under the direction of Francis Whitaker, building a Samuel Yellin-style gate. Features Jack Andrews and my old teacher Fred Christ. 

Orphaned blacksmithing videos This IFI page links to individual blacksmithing videos whose host channels/pages aren't specifically blacksmithing-related.

Some links for blacksmithing, wheelwrighting, and wood working related to wagon building.

Blacksmithing Projects

Steam bending wood

Building new wagon gears

Building the Borax Wagons

Building a Wagon box

Wagon & Buggy wheels

Repairing a Sheep Wagon


Common blacksmithing questions answered by Torbjörn

Blacksmithing and the Woodwright workshop

Making a hollow hole punch Torbjörn Åhman

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  • 4 years later...

Welcome aboard Bulletcache, glad to have you. If you put your general location in the header you might find out how many members live within visiting distance. Much of the information is location based. You probably don't know it but a lot of folk in the USA mispronounce Cache, "CATCH". I hope you don't mind getting kidded about being the Iforge, BulletCatch. 

Jacob's Youtube site has a number of pretty entertaining videos, well worth a search. 

Frosty The Lucky.

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Dear Frosty,

I don't know about regional accents in Alaska but around here "cache" is pretty much pronounced in what I understand is the French manner as "cash."  The river that flows through Ft. Collins, CO is the Cache la Poudre River, so named from a fur trade era store of gun powder, and pronounced (usually) as the Cash la Pooder. 

"By hammer and hand all arts do stand."

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It's most often pronounced "cash" by old timers but many also pronounce it "cashA" with the emphasis on the A. A majority of post pipe line boomers pronounce it "Catch." More recently we're hearing "CashA" a lot. 

I just thought Bullet Catch had a . . . ring to it. Seems "catch" is synonymous or close enough for a pun.

I nearly did cache my head under a tree. I discommend it highly! Thanks for the reminder Steve.

Frosty The Lucky.

Bellow is what I found on "online etymology."

cache (n.)

1797, "hiding place," from French Canadian trappers' slang, "hiding place for stores and provisions" (1660s), a back-formation from French cacher "to hide, conceal" (13c., Old French cachier), from Vulgar Latin *coacticare "store up, collect, compress," frequentative of Latin coactare "constrain," from coactus, past participle of cogere "to collect," literally "to drive together," from com- "together" (see co-) + agere "to set in motion, drive; to do, perform" (from PIE root *ag- "to drive, draw out or forth, move"). Sense extended by 1830s to "anything stored in a hiding place."

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I did appreciate Frostys humour and welcome. As far as I am concerned it's pronounced "cash" but here in England I often hear "cashay" as in "cash hay" with the range of accents and interpretations all over the world I'm not bothered, as the saying goes "call me what you want, just don't call me late for dinner"

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13 hours ago, Bulletcache said:

here in England

Welcome aboard... We have a bunch of great members over there. We won't remember your location once leaving this post, hence the suggestion to edit your profile to show it. There is a good thread Read This First up in the blue banner that is full of tips to help with getting the best out of the forum.

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  • 11 months later...

May I recommend Oscar Duck for this list:


He's got a small channel, only 2k subscribers so maybe people have not heard of him, but he puts out a lot of interesting and educational videos. Looks like high quality content to me so I figure he deserves some exposure.

Last video was making 800 nails


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Thanks for the link Dennis. I don't mind cutting some of the un-important forging but I could've used less back story. I'm very appreciative he didn't use any speeded up footage or make your ears ring music. 

One technique I noticed was how he isolated the material for the head on all 4 sides and explained his reasoning. I agree completely.

However when it came to parting the nail preform from the bar he used and explained a different technique. Tilting the hot chisel to act as a butcher is a good technique and served well. However if he'd used the same technique for parting as he did for isolation he would've achieved the same results for one less technique. By using the hot chisel vertically and cutting from all 4 faces, leaves any pinch off centered in the nail preform so it won't cause an offset while heading. If the pinch off is problem a fast touch with a file when you begin heading takes care of it.

All in all a darned good video, I like it. 

Frosty The Lucky.

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Could it have been that a lot of the colonists were folks with little or no farming experience? The: outcast, poor and starving rarely have strong marketable skills. Growing one crop till it won't grow anymore isn't uncommon for non farmers.

Frosty The Lucky.

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I think you underestimate the makeup of groups of colonists. They were under a Charter, and these were pretty specific as to what trades were mandatory before the charter was valid. What struct me back when i came across this was how many  blacksmith per persons and even listing specific skills they must have. Sorry, but I got into this long ago. I'm certain google can find this info. 

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Arghh! I was thinking of Roanoke and how tough a time the Pilgrims had due to poor planning. Early lessons like those made a big difference for later colonies.

Jamestown was pretty well prepared and supplied. I should've double checked before posting, my bad.

Frosty The Lucky.

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