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Three Rivers Forge
Blacksmith - forging iron in order to bring a little bit of the wonderful trade to folks everywhere!
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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.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGB7YR2l-KY
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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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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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The drill press is probably one of the most useful tools to have in the shop, and one that I use more than I would ever have imagined! To make it an even more versatile tool for the shop, when we reach this goal, we will add the excellent table made by Fireball Tools, or by shop for a vintage drill press that has better features, including a larger table. The addition of a larger table would allow for fixturing, the placement of jigs and fences, as well as supporting larger pieces. The drill press extension table sold by Fireball Tools is designed with the small shop in mind. 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. I can't say if one will be available at the time, or if it'll be available at a price I can afford, but I will certainly consider it an option. Small bricks build big walls, and little additions to the shop can make a tremendous difference in speed, efficiency, and design capabilities, as well as the overall ambience. Thank you for seeing the potential. Thank you for joining the team!

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