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Blacksmith - forging iron by hand in order to bring a little bit of the wonderful trade to folks everywhere!
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Making the dish is easy. Getting a good picture of the dish. . . .

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One of the best things about being a blacksmith is the fact that we can make our own tools. In th...

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Goal for the Coming Year....

Most drill presses today come with the smallest table the manufacturers can get away with.  While that makes them more economical to buy, it also makes them harder to use unless all you deal in is small stuff.

For awhile now I have been looking at the the extension table offered by Fireball Tools.  If you know anything about Jason's company, you know that he puts a lot of thought into the products he designs.... and this extension table is no exception.

As you can see in the photos, the larger surface gives you room, glorious room!  

In the blacksmith trade, being able to set up to drill a series of holes with accuracy and repeatability is very important.  Maybe you're making a bunch of candle holders and need to drill for dozens of rivets?  Maybe you have to make a gate and need to end-drill the pickets to accept a threaded tenon?  

When you have to do a slew of pieces and get each one right.... having the room to set up fences and guides is seriously nice, and that's what the Fireball extension table does.  So let's hope that we can make this an addition to the shop in the coming year!
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Made me proud!


Not but a few days ago, a gent popped up on one of the forums to ask about shaping some steel into the bowl of a ladle.  I've had this happen dozens of times, but I was happy for the chance to again share what I could.

Imagine my surprise when not even a day after I shared with him the special knowledge of what I call the Steel Puck of Awesomeness.... he'd made his very own and done a fantastic job of it!  

Too often, folks will say they're going to do something and you never hear back about it.

Well, that got us talking about hammers for dishing steel and he remarked how he didn't like the standard ball-peen hammer because it was too short.  He did a few minutes researched, determined that the cost of buying a brand new dishing hammer was a bit more than he wanted to spend, and asked if he could just make a hammer out of some old half-shaft he had laying around.

After receiving the appropriate positive reinforcement, wouldn't you know it be he shows up the very next day with the hammer all done, and wonderfully so.  He thought outside the box, worked with what he had, and executed a very solid prototype that will serve him for decades ahead!

Gotta say, he sure made me proud.  I was surprised, sure, but only because so many people are procrastinators like myself.  Within half a week, JW had made his steel puck, hammer and finished a dish that he can use as a Christmas gift.  

This is what the community is all about.  We can give advice all day long, but seeing a return on the investment like this is a very rare thing.  I'm glad I could play a small part in JW's growing collection of tools and knowledge.
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Cold Iron Brought to Life.


I forged out this candle holder some time back.  It's a pretty simple design with only four parts (three if you don't include the rivet), but I think it exemplifies what the blacksmith can do.  

With heat and hammer, cold iron is transformed into something that seems alive.  This piece will be around for the next hundred years or more.  Long after I'm gone, this piece will be passing from hand to hand, one family after another enjoying its beauty and wondering where it came from.  

They take time to make, but that's a small price to pay for something that'll become a family heirloom.
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One of my favorite videos... 

I keep coming back to this video because it's so very educational.

While I don't speak Hungarian, I do speak #blacksmithing and this is fifteen minutes chock full of good stuff!

Aside from learning how to make a small leafing hammer, we get to see all sorts of nice things in the shop. This gentleman has been in the Trade for a goodly bit and it shows.

This is what we should all aspire to, in my opinion. The shop is neat and clean, but the little details are all over the place. Note how the tongs are held on forged hooks? He could have opted for a simple nail or a dowel, but he went above and beyond because he wanted to showcase his work.

The same attention to detail can be seen in the delicate top edge of his chisel rack. Right in the middle of the big white wall, it was going to stand out no matter what he did, so he added the decorative cut to turn it into something that was visually pleasing. Functional, sure, every chisel is easily seen and easier to grab. But he took it one step further, adding some flare that you'll remember for the rest of your days.

Probably one of the best parts, for me, is watching them make the anvil sing. That's something that has been lost on this side of the pond, and I think we're all the poorer for it.


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The drill press is probably one of the most useful tools to have in the shop. To make it an even greater value, when we reach this goal, we will begin the process of either improving the modern drill press we have here by adding a larger table to it, or by shopping for a vintage drill press that has better features, including a better table. By putting a larger table on the existing drill press, opportunities would open up in a big way. If you've ever dealt with modern presses and their small fourteen-inch tables, you know how hard it can be to set up jigs, fences and the like. Of course, if you're following along here at Three Rivers Forge, I'm sure you have the same passion for old tools that I do. Adding something like a Walker Turner radial arm drill press to the shop would be an amazing step forward.

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