Jump to content
I Forge Iron

my little backyard smithy

Recommended Posts

It not much but it is a place to forge some steel. I just built a small lean-to on the side of my building. I bought a portable forge from an old man down the road and an anvil from a blacksmith that grinds tools in the shop that I work. I have a three pound plumb cross peen hammer and 50 pounds of coal. That is all it took to start an addiction. Who would think how such a laborious task could be so rewarding, and in a sense calming. Had a rough day at work? Just go home, light the forge and let it fly. No matter what the outcome is, I still learn and gain something from every strike of the hammer. There are many things that I can and will improve on shop wise and experience wise. But I can say that I am proud of my little hole in the wall of a backyard smithy.

How did your first smithy look? Were you as proud and as excited as I am about your little getaway?


Link to comment
Share on other sites

Chuck,here's a picture of my lean-to smithy......and mine actually DOES lean!
This is how it looked one day last summer........cluttered!
I built this 35 years ago and it has seen better days.......though it never was quite straight or organized.

There's a 4 lb. hammer in there somewhere that I can't find.....lost it years ago!

Don't let this happen to you!!

Any way.......enjoy your smithy.

I certainly enjoy mine.



Link to comment
Share on other sites

White Bear......I often leave my main forging hammer on the anvil. It just seems to be where I need it most often. Never thought about the 'bad luck' aspect of it much.

As messy as my shop usually stays, if I didn't put it on the anvil........I'd probably lose it!
Now that would be bad luck!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Chuck-You sound about as excited as I was with my first shop. It was a screen house on a place I lived. I walled it in and that was my shop for 12 yrs or so. What got put where depended on where the roof leaked. I ain't sayin the roof didn't have enough slope but if it sloped any less it would have been running the other way :D

Always leave a hammer on my anvil, sometimes two!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hey I've got one of those, a corner of the covered patio, the leaky corner. The stuff keeps expanding outwards. Currently building a bellows so I can get away from the outlet and get to the dry side of the patio.

Michael-San Francisco



Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...