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Yo, guys!

Watch out a video about making a horseshoe)

I'm not a pro blacksmith, so don't wait work without mistakes, but still I hope you'll enjoy watching it;)

 

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Watch the video again without the music. Look for the other things the video teaches, like wearing your safety glasses ON TOP of his head to protect his hair and not his eyes, the loose hammer handle, the anvil being 1-1/2 steps from the forge, etc.

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I know nothing about making horseshoes from scratch, I just forge them into other things. I like the camera angle because you can clearly see what your doing. A lot of videos it seems ýou can't really tell what the tong hand is doing and I think that is equally important as the what the hammer hand is doing

I did notice the hammer being loose. I had one that started doing that and it's out of commission until I fix it. 

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It'd be a shame if he blinded his hair.

Pnut

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He was working efficiently. I only watched him head the nail. I'm at work right now so I can't spend too much time watching videos.

Pnut

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I wonder how many non-farriers here on IFI have made horseshoes?  I tried once with homemade fuller and pritchel tools, and it wernt pretty....  I still want to give it another try just for grins. LOL

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Me too. That comes from when I wanted to be a farrier until my knee went south. I'd like to make my own instead of having to track down used ones or especially buy new ones

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I make small 2.5 inch size to give away to kids at demos

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I bet they love that. That is very kind of you to do. There's something about horseshoes that people really love

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keeps the father around to think about buying one of my blades while I make it for their kids.. I am sneaky that way

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2 hours ago, Steve Sells said:

I make small 2.5 inch size to give away to kids at demos

When are you going to post a video to show us how to make the small shoes?  I'd love to see it so I can give it a try at demos....

 

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How many farriers here take more than 8 minutes to forge a basic shoe? I must not have been watching the right part of the screen I never got a look at him above the shoulders. He bumped the hammer head tight.:huh: Yeah, okay shoot me too, I have a couple hammers I need to bump now and then myself. I keep saying I need to make new handles but . . . Ooh shiny! What was I talking about? 

Mute took care of the bad music and I suppose I could've skipped the parts that were sped up to silly speed. 

Nice anvil and his forge looked good. 

Frosty The Lucky.

 

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If that were my anvil, Id have to name it "The Squatting Pig".

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I personally don't like any kind of music in an instructional video. It makes it harder for me to concentrate on what's being taught. I don't play music in my own shop either. I used to, but then decided that was too distracting also. 

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7 hours ago, CrazyGoatLady said:

I personally don't like any kind of music in an instructional video. 

I can do it quieter enough, when it plays quietly, it's ok. This video was posted on my Youtube channel as well, so there should be some QUIET music, if you don't mind)

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I can handle it if it's more muted. I know not everybody can talk while forging, but I like that also. I'm always in my shop alone so I never have anyone to talk to. Don't know how hard it would be to do that

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On 6/24/2019 at 8:56 PM, arkie said:

When are you going to post a video to show us how to make the small shoes?  I'd love to see it so I can give it a try at demos....

Me a video?  probable never. I dont do video camera stuff,    if some one wants to film me that is fine. but I can walk ya through it:

1  Make rectangle bar 3/8 inch thick, about 1/2 inch wide and about  10 inch or so long. 

2  Add a groove on one side leaving the last inch on each end untouched. using the cutting shelf of the anvil. Make it about half way through the bar,  dont go all the way through.

3  Make the curve edgewise using the horn.

4  Punch 3 or 4 holes in the groove, clean up the exits using the pritchel.

5  Install the clips to face away form groove using the virgin ends by bending the ends over the heal of the anvil.

After quench, make sure its cold.  Its not advisable to hot shoe a child.  To prevent them getting a hot spot grab all over with your hands before giving to child.    Its fun for the kids to watch, very fast, and cheap material usage. PLUS it keeps the parent around to think about a purchase rather than walking off to another vendor.

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9 hours ago, Andrew Cramer said:

Does the music really sounds bad?

Music obscures a great deal of useful information you can only learn from the sound of the work. Propane forges are also loud and annoying distractions. 

Video doesn't present bright colors accurately so the only way you can reliably tell the temperature of the work is by the sound of the hammer blows. The sound is important information at your own anvil, you can't always control light levels and color changes dawn to dusk. You can however hear it, with experience you can even tell carbon content and high from low alloy in a broad sense. The other sensor you have at your disposal at the anvil is feel. How the work feels in your holding hand tells you a LOT about what's going on in the work.

Sound and feel are very important while you're planishing the work, with practice you can feel most metals begin to work harden and when they're about to fail. 

I can tell a lot about a smith by the sound of his/er work habits at the anvil.

So, NO I don't want no stinking music.

Frosty The Lucky.

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You have to figure out what you are trying to accomplish with a video:  is it self promotion or is it instruction?  Once you figure that out you can work on making it suit the task!

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3 hours ago, Steve Sells said:

 Its not advisable to hot shoe a child

No truer words have ever been spoken... thank you for the run down on making those shoes Steve.

I agree with Frosty and Thomas although I didn't know how to state it as well as they did. You said it's on you tube and so it needs some music. That depends on if it's entertainment or meant to be instructional. If meant purely for entertainment the music is probably good. If not, music bad. At least for those of us who are viewing to learn. Thomas put it better though

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Well; I've offered to hot shoe a heckler or two at demos.  I tell them it will be the last set of shoes they'll ever need as they "wear like iron!" If they ask if it will hurt I say "Oh no, I'll wear hearing protectors!" (Or have my apprentice stick his fingers in my ears as I do it...)

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