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    Blacksmithing and forging

    Ok It's been suggested we have a thread for links to blacksmithing and forging projects, how to and so on. Lets keep this simple. Lets try and keep this thread for descriptions and links to threads on the subject. If you have a suggestion, post up the link to the thread along with some sort of brief description of the thread so people reading this can see if it might have what they are looking for.

    If you have questions or comments on a thread listed, please post them in the appropriate thread, not here, or start a new thread on the subject. That way guys don't have to wade thru pages of BSing questions and answers best dealt with some where else and so on. Extraneous posts will be deleted or moved at our discretion.


    For now I'll leave this here in projects for a couple of reasons, #1 the Mig/tig/ OA section has a ton of stickys already and we really don't need any more there. Here there's only a few. #2 most of the threads linked will most likely be projects of some sort anyways. A forge build, gate or fence project etc. For now I'll sticky this and if it gets a fair amount of support with guys looking back at older threads they remember or come across and add them, we can see how things go.
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    Re: Blacksmithing and forging

    I'll do the 1st post as a link to my coal forge build thread ...

    http://weldingweb.com/vbb/showthread.php?146321-Coal-forge

    The thread shows step by step how I constructed my coal forge from scratch and it's evolution over time.
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    My thread on assorted blacksmithing and forging tools.

    http://weldingweb.com/vbb/showthread.php...ools&p=4531301
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    Re: Blacksmithing and forging

    Good idea to start a sticky on blacksmithing and forging.

    I got started blacksmithing when I needed to bend some heavy bar stock for a welding project....got hooked on blacksmithing from then on. Seems a lot of welders would have a need to move heavy metal and don't necessarily need to go full blast into blacksmithing. Most blacksmiths hang out on iforgeiron.com and a few welders show up there as well...sorta cross-pollinating if you will.

    Your threads are VERY good at helping folks getting started in blacksmithing and condense that info into a easy to read format. Looking forward to lots of input on the sticky!!

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    http://weldingweb.com/vbb/showthread.php...+to+the+basics

    This is the link to the forge build that I started a few months ago! Lots of good info about designing one and tons of ideas and knowledge from some of the other smiths on ww. I used some ideas from DSW and his forge build. And had to change some of my own designs with their help that saved me some aggravation in the long run!
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    Re: Blacksmithing and forging

    Here is a link to my new thread, I built a stand for my post vise.. Not done yet but I've got a good start!
    http://weldingweb.com/vbb/showthread.php...vise-and-stand
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    Re: Blacksmithing and forging

    Here is a link I got from one of the other guys for black smithing books. It's a site that has a few different books on smithing, shop set up, techniques, tools.... Even the differences in anvils and the materials, processes, and quality that make them desirable or undesirable. Also has info on proper heating techniques, tempering, and hardening.

    Very interesting info!
    http://www.craftsmanspace.com/free-b...ing-books.html
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    You're right...very interesting info. I like reading some of the OLD publications and trying the methods they used then, like the late 1800's.

    Thanks for posting the link.

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    Re: Blacksmithing and forging

    That same link was posted here in 2011 by Gizardgutz

    http://weldingweb.com/vbb/showthread.php...-Forging-Books
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    Re: Blacksmithing and forging

    I came across this thread looking for the book link above. It has a bunch of links that I'll copy below so all the links are here in one places, as well as copies of a few PM's I sent to members who asked questions on blacksmithing that might be of help to some.

    http://weldingweb.com/vbb/showthread.php...-blacksmithing


    My propane forge build thread. It still needs some more work and I'll update it eventually when I get back to it at some point..
    http://weldingweb.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=64084


    Recent thread Brian did on doing a forge demo for the kids.
    http://weldingweb.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=193481

    Bhardy has two recently, his forge build thread and the one where he just fired it up.
    http://weldingweb.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=195701
    http://weldingweb.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=208711

    Steve ( 7A749) and Weldbead have one and I know several others do as well.

    http://weldingweb.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=169881
    http://weldingweb.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=89181

    One of my local colleges had a blacksmithing class over the summer that I took.

    http://weldingweb.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=141121


    Iforgeiron is a good site for blacksmithing questions, so is Anvilfire and the ABANA site.

    http://www.iforgeiron.com/
    http://www.anvilfire.com/
    http://www.abana.org/resources/education/schools.shtml
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    Thread listing just a few blacksmithing organizations here in the US and in Oz and the UK...

    http://weldingweb.com/vbb/showthread.php...21#post4686121
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    Re: Blacksmithing and forging

    DSW, great list...thanks for posting! Lots of reading there.

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    I located this link to some other free downloadable old books on various crafts and blacksmithing/metal work

    http://www.hlcollege.ac.uk/Downloads...lications.html


    http://www.artisanideas.com/category...PDF-Books.html



    A Manual of Practical Instruction in the Art of Brass Repoussť for Amateurs
    http://books.google.com/books?id=DOc...pousse&f=false
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    Youtube videos on blacksmithing and forging

    http://weldingweb.com/vbb/showthread.php...51#post4699451
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    Pretty awesome thread, Doug. I haven't been around much lately been awful busy between work and family, plus I got suckered into to taking a job at our local tech school teaching blacksmithing 101. I just started my 3rd session. Classes are every Friday from 6 to 10 pm, man I'm bushed by the time class is over.
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    Re: Blacksmithing and forging

    There seemed to be a fair amount of interest with many here, so I figured we'd try this out and see if it develops into a dedicated section of it's own like some would like. That's cool that things are going well for you. I figured you were swamped Brian, since you hadn't chimed in yet. Your forged stuff is always great.

    Kind of neat they let you teach blacksmithing at the tech school. Be sure and post up some picts of what your class accomplishes in a thread. I'm sure everyone would love to see them.
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    Thorshammers coal forge build and picts of a few other forges of members here.

    http://weldingweb.com/vbb/showthread.php...build-question
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    Re: Blacksmithing and forging

    Lots of interesting ideas here...thanx.
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    Re: Blacksmithing and forging

    Might as well add Whtbaron's forge to the list.

    http://weldingweb.com/vbb/showthread.php?437971-Coal-forge


    Mudmans "makeshift" anvil and other info on anvils.

    http://weldingweb.com/vbb/showthread.php...ideal-approach
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    Re: Blacksmithing and forging

    I really like the direction this thread is headed. Always cool to see the creative solutions those that share their pictures (I have nothing to contribute...!..) have come up with!
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    Great list. Thanks to all for these posting.

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    Did this little lawnmower blade while helping the students on their final projects for this semester's last class.

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    Re: Blacksmithing and forging

    BigB's free 55 gallon forge and a lot of good info on places to buy tooling and ideas on how to put together a smithy on a small budget...


    http://weldingweb.com/vbb/showthread.php...a-scrap-budget
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    Re: Blacksmithing and forging

    Tried the coal today and WOW what a difference! Got that #8 rebar glowing yellow/orange and the 16 gauge got soft as butter! It was HOT. I can see this forge work will be better in the winter, I could barely stand within 6-8 feet of it when it was roaring. Tried to put up a video but no luck.

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