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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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Carving Letters in Steel.

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Okay, so back to blacksmithing. . . .

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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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The Rag-in-a-Can Oiler. 


Around the blacksmith shop, rust is something you have to deal with.
While Mr. Sellers is a master woodworker and I'll trust his thoughts on how the oiler helps with cutting wood, my first thought was that his wonderful design would be a real boon here at Three Rivers Forge, too.
Visit any smithy, and you'll find that most folks have an oily rag that they use to wipe down their hammers and anvils before leaving the shop so nothing rusts overnight. The problem is that the oily rag always seems to dry out no matter what you do. And when you give it a dose of fresh oil, it's then too oily to wipe down your tools.
Overall, it's something that's more frustrating than not, so you can imagine how happy I was to see Mr. Sellers discuss his solution to the problem! Plus, I have to admit that I just love the old-school vibe the Rag-in-a-Can Oiler gives off. This is something my grandfather and great-grandfather would have done. 
Whether you work wood or metal, you should have one of these in your shop. Just remember that the cloth has to be cotton so the oil will wick up through the weave.

https://youtu.be/npKo1y2e8RI
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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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