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Post by Sonshine on Tue Mar 13, 2012 12:46 pm


If you want to work with metal, there's one thing you have to confront: You need heat. With it, you can make the toughest metal submit to your will. Without it, you'll never gain full mastery over this stubborn material.

Over the years, I have been frustrated by my inability to work hot steel. I've bolted metal together, welded it and soldered it. But I couldn't shape it, and so large swaths of the mechanical realm were off-limits to me.

But blacksmithing never felt alien. My father is a metallurgist, descended from generations of 19th-century blacksmiths and born in Germany to shipbuilders whose forges scattered sparks over the shores of the Elbe River and the North Sea. I grew up in rural Connecticut among Yankee mechanics who could forge anything, machine anything, build anything, fix anything--and I've been trying to live up to those old-timers' standards all my life. It wasn't hard to finally decide to take another step, and teach myself some blacksmithing skills.


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Post by Sonshine on Tue Mar 13, 2012 12:48 pm

Here's another link on blacksmithing, this one from backwoods home

http://www.backwoodshome.com/articles/green51.html

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Post by 12acrehome on Mon Sep 16, 2013 1:31 am

There has been a lot of expressed interest in forging, and the above links are a great source for knowledge, but here's a cheaper way to get started.

http://www.survivalmonkey.com/threads/one-brick-forge.3929/

In fact if you are careful in selecting your equipment you can set up a small blacksmithing workshop for less than $50.00. Heating metal, and hammering it into a shape is only a small part of the process...

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Post by Farmfresh on Mon Sep 16, 2013 3:03 am

We actually sell plans for an easy to make and cheap bellows on my website. Blacksmithing 101: How to Make a Forge and Start Hammering Metal Oriental%20box%20bellowsx400 Oriental Bellows Plans

My neighbor who helps design or designs the plans that I sell is a blacksmith. He used to smith at the historic reenactment town Missouri Town 1855. This bellows is neat because it blows air on BOTH the push and the pull strokes.

I have never tried smithing, and I admire you Sonshine for learning it. It is fascinating to watch.
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Post by 12acrehome on Mon Sep 16, 2013 3:40 am

That is a cool bellows!

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Post by Farmfresh on Mon Sep 16, 2013 7:36 am

Like I said my friend is a blacksmith. He is fascinated by the way things used to be done. He is an engineer and also a tight wad! That means when he wants a new toy of some kind he simple designs it. He usually designs things that are easy to build and CHEAP. The bellows plan we sell for example has plans for a full size bellows and a smaller one as well. He sized the little one down so that it could be made from a single 4x8 sheet of plywood. Very Happy 
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