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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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Like the previous tiers, you'll receive my undying appreciation for your support as well as the first look my reviews of tools, books and videos related to the blacksmith's trade. On top of that, you'll also get to look forward to receiving a special gift, some hand-forged ironwork, once a year as a token of my appreciation.

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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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It's the little things.... 


One of my favorite channels on youtube is Desert Owl Forge. Tim hails from over in Europe and brings a unique aesthetic to the American smithing scene, in my estimation.

In this video, we see him making a gate latch. It's a beautiful design with elegant lines and enough topographical change in the steel that there's no doubt in your mind that a blacksmith made it.

What's most impressive, in my estimation, is that each step along the way is very simple. Tim is using the basic movements that every blacksmith uses. The magic is in how he chose to combine the fundamental movements. 

Little things add up.  Tim started out with some plain iron bars and ended with a truly beautiful piece that'd be the pride and joy of any garden gate in the land!

Kudos to Desert Owl Forge for reminding me of an old lesson!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vP12vtz_fjQ

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Books for Beginner Blacksmiths


If ever there was a book you shouldn't judge by its cover, it'd be the Engineer's Black Book

I was first introduced to this great book by Adam Booth over on his abom79 Youtube channel and can't believe I spent a lifetime without having this wonderful resource in my shop.
How does it help the #blacksmith?  Well, most of us are in a perpetual state of "you don't know what you don't know!"   How can you look something up on the internet when you don't even know what question to ask?

The EBB is certainly filled with a lot of information that you won't need.   But it's the other three-quarters of the book that you'll find fascinating.... and you don't even know it.

Want an example?  How about being able to find the easy way to space out legs or bolt holes on a piece you're making?  When I was making up my Tool Carousel  last year, I need to space five outriggers for the wheels around the perimeter of the base. I could have looked it up on the internet if I used the right search terms, but it was far easier to just browse through the EBB because I could carry the book with me to the shop and not worry about any batteries dying.

How large of a square can you fit into a circle of given size? Might not seem important to the #blacksmith, but it sure comes in handy when you're designing a floor lamp or coat rack.... or forging down an axle you found because you want to make it into a hammer.

I could go on for days, but I won't bore you by waxing poetic about the Engineer's Black Book. If you don't have a copy, get a copy. Get a copy for your children while you're at it. It's a definite "must have" for the average home shop no matter what your particular hobby might be!
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Books for Beginner Blacksmiths 

Paul Hasluck - Bent Ironwork

This is one of those books that's both educational and just plain fun to read. I highly recommend it for your blacksmithing library whether you're new to the craft or have been around the anvil a few times!
Published in 1902, Bent Ironwork is written for the novice.  Unlike a lot of books, the author doesn't wast precious pages on unnecessary information.  Everything is kept clean and simple with the focus on exactly what you need.  Best of all, Paul gives us detailed recipes so you're not left guessing how much iron you might need.

Bent Ironwork was written at a time when money was hard to come by and often Widows and Orphans needed to make a few pennies just to earn a crust of bread. It's both a tutorial on doing decorative ironwork with few tools, and a window into the past when things weren't nearly as comfortable as they are today.

You can usually find this book for sale for under $10 all over the internet and I cannot recommend it highly enough.  If you have young children who are interested in learning the trade, this is a must-have item for their Christmas stocking.

All of the patterns can be scaled up or down however the aspiring reader likes.
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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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