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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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A Great Addition to your Shop! 

In my opinion, Raymond Head knocked it out of the ballpark when he "invented" the economical hydraulic welding table idea because it covers several key points that everybody seems to need.

Firstly, they are small. Some will complain that they're too small, but that really depends on what you're making. If you don't have a lot of room but want to be able to weld, a hydraulic cart is the perfect solution and is far better than the lightweight, fold-away welding tables that you can buy.

Secondly, there's mobility. If you don't want the table in the middle of your garage.... just roll it into a corner. 

Third, while being able to raise and lower your work so you can weld in a comfortable position is nice.... what really makes these carts jump out ahead of the pack in my estimation, is just being able to use them for other things. If you need to unload heavy things from your truck... the cart is ready-made for that. Need to work on your lawnmower, the cart is ideal as a small bench that allows you to get to every part of the engine without any fuss. As a blacksmith, I can say with certainty that one of these would be really nice to have so I'm not stuck trying to freehand the 200# propane tank off the back of my truck every time I get it refilled!

Plus, being "multi-purpose" like that makes it a lot easier to sell the idea to the missus. ;)
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Time is money! 

Nate's done it again with a masterful tutorial on something you rarely see in US circles. Upsetting the iron is one of those jobs that you hate doing because it's so aggravating, but sometimes it's the only way, or the easiest way, to get to your end goal.

In this video, Nate takes us along as he forges a wonderful diamond point, and explains the process as thoroughly as you could ask for. It's as good as being there in the shop with him!
Excellent camerawork and lighting, though I feel sorry for that poor light after he hit it so many times. Solid narration with no excess jawjacking to sidetrack things. Overall, well worth the time and I encourage everyone to join Nate's channel and encourage him to keep up the great work.
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A Cold One is a Good One!

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Little Bits Add Up! 

Seems like every couple of months, I get asked about how I make my rune pendants. 

The end product doesn't look anything like what I see when I'm actually working on them. One of the best parts of the process is the "surprise" at the end when all's said and done.

The biggest difference between my work and other examples you might see around the internet is that I don't try to get the lines set in the iron in just one blow. When I first started doing designs like this, I knew I wanted my work to stand apart from the herd a bit, so I developed some tools and techniques that would let me vary the length, width and depth of the lines. One look tells you there's no way these were pounded in with a stamp or a single chisel.

Of course, the downside to all that is the time it takes to make one! As much as I like making these pieces, I've resigned myself to using them as something of a creative outlet rather than a rational business decision. That's the blacksmith life, though. Sanity is sometimes more important than keeping the lights on!
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Forging a Leaf


Nathan has just uploaded what I think will go down in history as the best tutorial on forging a leaf. 

Aside from fantastic videography, this video takes the time to really explain what you do and the all important WHY you do it. When you watch #blacksmiths forging leaves, you'll often hear them warn about working too cold or having that dreaded snap as their leaf just falls off the parent bar after all that work. Lord knows I've lost a bunch of leaves!

Nathan explains why that happens and how to avoid it. And he turns out a leaf that is about as beautiful as you could ask for.

If you're not subscribed to Working with Iron, I highly recommend it. Nathan produces some of the best videos out there and is a genuinely good person!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ci93coi_0tI
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Perun Blacksmithing Tongs


If you're like me, you've never heard anyone talking about this brand name.  Maybe you can find a review of one of their anvils if you search through Youtube, but what about their other products? 

Well, I couldn't resist the temptation and decided to buy a pair from Blacksmith Depot.  I had misplaced my other set of V-bit Bolt Jaw tongs for holding 3/8" bar, so it was as good an excuse as any. Right? 

The description on the Blacksmith Depot website specifically said that these tongs would hold stock between 3/8" and 5/8" - always a warning sign since no tongs will hold that wide a range of stock comfortable or securely.  Still, knowing that I was using them for the smallest size listed and confident that I could reshape them a bit if needed, I felt good about the purchase.

Imagine my surprise when I get them in the mail a few days later and saw that not only would they not hold 5/8" bar, but they were so incredibly delicate around the jaw that even holding 3/8" bar was something of a challenge.  Because of the design of the bit, square bar would sink down into the valley and be held with relative security, but round bar was just barely captured and quick to pop out.

As you can see in the company photograph, the tongs look large and beefy.  You're told that these will hold reasonably thick iron, and the jaws and reins look parallel in the photo, so you'd expect that that's what they'll look like when wrapping around some 3/8" round stock you're about to hammer into shape. 

Now, compare that to the photos of the tongs as I received them, a 6" nail in the jaws, and you begin to see just how small the things are.  That nail has a shank diameter of 1/4" and you can see that it's held perfectly, the jaws parallel just like in the company picture.  There's no extra meat in the wings of the bit, but even if you drew them out to paper-thin to get some more room... you'd still have the problem of the jaw right behind the bit being so small.  I measured them at roughly 1/4" in diameter, far too wispy to provide any long term strength when twisting and bending bars larger than 1/4".  In other words, even if you could forge the bit to a new shape, the Achilles Heel would still exist right behind the bit.

Overall, the Perun model 80x400 tongs are an absolute delight in the hand.  They are light, well balanced and comfortable.  The reins have no sharp edges and are long enough to get your hand away from the heat of the forge.  Their appearance is spot on with what you expect to see in a blacksmith shop.

They just aren't sized to hold 3/8" bar like the advert claimed.

If I was to describe these tongs in one word, it would be "dainty".  They're great for doing light work with light steel and I'd certainly recommend them to anyone needing tongs for 1/4" and 5/16" bar stock.
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Thinking outside the box 

One of the reasons I've never purchased a swage block is because they are covered with a bunch of shapes and holes that I just don't need. I thought about having one cut out from a plate of mild steel, but that's every bit as costly as buying a cast iron block, and I really don't have much need for one.  Most blacksmiths don't use 90% of their swage block's options so it seems like a lot of mass to have around collecting dust.

Kudos to Adriano Pasquino for coming up with a swage block design that gives folks the ability to make their own, getting exactly what they want and nothing they don't. With the bolt-together design, you can cut out the shapes you need right now and have plenty of room to add new holes in the future.  Plus, it's a good project to help broaden your metalworking skills!

A great video to watch, as well.  Adriano does a great job making a door handle!  https://youtu.be/2kb93p5hzfc
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Hello!  Welcome to Three Rivers Forge.

I look forward to sharing this journey with you and hope that you find the adventure as enjoyable as I do!

When I first started down this path more years ago than I care to admit, I never would have imagined I'd end up here.  Truth be told, I never imagined there would be this thing called the "internet" or that it'd be possible to reach out across the world with the push of a few buttons. 

I'm not at all savvy when it comes to this technology stuff, but I'm deeply grateful for the fact that it's allowed me to share my ironwork with customers around the world.  From Singapore to Switzerland, Israel to New Zealand, you can ironwork from Three Rivers Forge.... and it's been a tremendous honor.
What are my goals for this page?  Well, I actually haven't set any, to be honest.  I could talk all day long about how I'd like to purchase a hydraulic press or sell a dozen t-shirts every month, but the truth is that I'll be overjoyed just to receive your support and know that there are folks out there who have my back.  It's support from good people like you who keep the iron moving here at Three Rivers Forge.  I realize that not everyone has the need for some ironwork or a t-shirt of their own at the moment, so I thought I would offer this option as well.

Every dollar raised goes directly to the #blacksmith shop's operation.  Maybe that'll help buy some more iron.  Maybe your support will make it possible to try something entirely new to me.  In short, I'm not sure about a lot of things but I can be certain that it will be an exciting journey.

Exclusive content not only on how I make the projects like the dishes I'm so well known for, but why I make them the way I do.  In the #blacksmith trade, the why is just as important as the how, and you'll be the very first let in on the secrets.  :D

So, again, welcome!  It's great to have you here and I look forward to sharing the journey with you!
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