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Blacksmith - forging iron in order to bring a little bit of the wonderful trade to folks everywhere!
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Be Careful What You Wish For!

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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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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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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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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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