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Justin’s Smithing progression. [PIC heavy]


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Decided to try a new (to me) style of hammer eye punch. Used a guillotine to draw it out. A wider flatter punch vs my old one that had a small diamond point. Way too small a hole usually. 

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Justin, you are really rockin' out the work. So great to see a young man like yourself that loves working with his hands other than just working a video game controller. I hope you rub off on others and inspire them to create

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Thank you very much. I used to play video games but now I can’t stand them. I get bored quickly. It’s just not rewarding to me like making things is. So I do this instead. I’m working to improve And I feel I’m getting better. Something about this hobby I enjoy a lot is making things for people. I have given away almost all the non tools I’ve made. Only really keep blacksmithing and wood working tools. 

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Are the cottonwoods active up your way?  There's white stuff all around in that picture.   

When the cottonwoods are producing cotton you have to be careful about sparks.  I've seen a floor "burn off" from a stray ignition point.  Amusing in a "fireproof" shop. NOT amusing in one with lots of combustibles!

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You are improving FAST! I'm thinking you must be having fun playing with fire and hitting things. It's one of my favorite parts of the craft. 

Frosty The Lucky.

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Cotton woods are as naked as can be right now haha. All the snow means it’s the least flammable time of year  for the most part. I like taking a bunch of cat tail fluff in the fall and spreading it out. It’s great fun to watch it burn. 
 

thank you Frosty! And yes it’s very fun. Also a Very rewarding hobby. 
 

great news. I might be getting a car port to put my stuff under and be more protected from the elements. To start it will just be canvas but I will be putting siding up over the summer so I will have a real shop and be protected from rain and snow. Hopefully it all goes to plan. It is 10’ x 17’ 

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10'x17' is a good size to start out with. The forging triangle: forge--anvil--post vise should not be very large---unless you are working large items! and the extra room is great for storage and a work bench for "finishing".

The 17' is a bit short for storing 20' sticks of steel; but I generally cut; or have them cut, to 10' long at the steel distributor or scrapyard anyway.

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My current space is a 15x15 patio that I use only a small bit of so I would have more room in the shop than I use currently. Although slightly less total area that’s not a concern for me. If I get it I’ll do some planning and figure out what I like. I’ll probably have my anvil in the center more or less so I can do all the different things I need to.  Shouldn’t the triangle be roughly so you can get to all three without more than a few steps. Preferably a step or without walking?
 

I buy my steel in 24’ lengths I think but they cut it free so I get 12’ sticks. I won’t likely store a ton of steel in the shop because I have a separate area I store in right now. Although I might build a rack on the out side of the Area to hold my steel more conveniently. 

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The exact size of the triangle depends on YOU and what you are doing---it's unpleasant to set your coat on fire because your back is in the dragon's breath of a propane forge for instance.    Since you are already set up on the patio, give some thought on what changes would make your work easier.  For me I use my forge and anvil much more than the postvises and so the forge and anvil are closer.

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Thanks. I suppose your right that there’s no one “size” fits all. The vice will likely be further away because I do mostly stuff at the anvil like hammers where I don’t really need a vise all the time. 
 

as for the forge I burn coal so I was planning on for now just having the forge right outside the building and taking it in and eventually a side draft hood. 

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I work from left to right. Forge, anvil then vice. About a step from forge to anvil then maybe a step and a half to the vice. But I agree, whatever is comfortable for you. I also work with the horn oriented to the right. It seems like most work with it to the left. Of course, I move to wherever I need to. The great things is, the rules are what you make. 

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That is the setup I like best too. Forge. Anvil than vise.  Horn facing right.  But I too walk around the anvil if I need to. I’ll have to get it all dialed in if i end getting the carport. I would like to use bricks for the flooring. Unless there’s a big reason not to? 

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I’m away from the forge for a few days so I decided what better to do than make some wedges. Black walnut wedges for my future hammers. Here is about 1/3 of the blanks I’ve got Cut out. Will grind the rest as I need them sorry for the low quality picture 

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No picture yet but tong blanks forged up. Just need a rivet and reigns scarfed on. I used a walnut wedge posted earlier and it worked wonderful. Also made an anvil hold down chain to assist with certain things I cut the slot crooked so it’s not centered but who cares. Works the same 

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