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« Reply #40 on: April 28, 2017, 12:38:40 PM »
Fantastic video links.  Great, there goes another whole segment of my life watching YouTube! :D 

I, too, want to be able to do a little forging.  I made myself a anvil from some 120# rail with added mass and have a semi brake drum I will turn into a forge.  Just need to get (or make?) a hand crank blower.  Wish I was closer to Kbeitz so I could go "shopping" :)  The plan is to make big hinges for my cabin doors.
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« Reply #41 on: April 28, 2017, 01:22:54 PM »
  Just need to get (or make?) a hand crank blower.

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« Reply #42 on: April 28, 2017, 04:28:47 PM »
I know, but too stinkin' loud!  I'm planning on no power available, 12vdc at best.  What would be cool is a foot powered one, like bellows or maybe a old peddle sewing machine.
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« Reply #43 on: May 03, 2017, 07:58:54 PM »
If you want a bellows blower, there are plans online to build them, I found them when I was looking for a blower and was going to make a forge using a brake drum or a large brake rotor. I got lucky and found a nice vintage cast iron Champion #400 blower in good condition at a fair price. I had been casually looking for a forge for maybe 2 years when I saw an ad in our local Pennysaver. I called and went to look. It turned out the guy had just gotten into it 3-4 years earlier. When he did, he started going all over 3-4 states looking for forges and related equipment. He had acquired 4-5 coal forges made 2 different size gas forges, he had 2 power hammers, about 10 or so post vises, maybe 100+ hammers of all descriptions a bunch of assorted tongs and about 20 or more anvils. However they were not all for sale. I bought what he offered for sale in the adv. plus I also talked him into a 165# Vulcan anvil in like new condition that he didn't really want to sell.
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« Reply #44 on: May 30, 2017, 05:50:30 PM »
Now my next move I think is to build a blacksmith shop. I'm thinking something in the 16-20' wide and 20-24 long. I plan to make it simple, just a basic pole type structure with 10' to bottom of the truss cords, likely stone dust floor, packed, anvil mounted to a "stump" made from a log buried below frost line and plenty sturdy. My Coal forge has no hood, so I'll make a hood and then run the stack up thru the steel roof. Might likely be sided with board hemlock and no batten. A couple of windows and I will wire it from the main panel at the sugarhouse, which is 200A, might run 60A 240 direct burial to the shop. Will have LED lighting which is bright.
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« Reply #45 on: May 30, 2017, 07:09:51 PM »
Well my name is Smith and yes I came  from a long linage of metal workers .I know basic blacksmithing and although I've made knives I've never forged one .

As for the show,like any reality thing it's obviously scripted .----BTW a power hacksaw blade makes a dandy knife .

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« Reply #46 on: January 17, 2018, 06:46:28 AM »
My blacksmith shop is one step closer. This fall I bought a 14' x 28' storage shed (mostly for maple needs), and I had a door for a future blacksmith shop put in the back, 14' wall. I'll be adding a lean-to roof along the 28' west wall which will add 8' width, then  I'll build a 12'-16' x 22' (original 14' + 8' added on west side) blacksmith shop on the back.
Back to Forged in Fire, I recently saw an episode where a woman was the winner over 3 men. On that episode they had to start by making their hammer and then forge the knife in the same 3 hrs. A lot of the issue is time pressure, I'd much rather the time allowed was longer so the smiths could have enough time to do a more complete job. Many times the blade is just being quenched in the last 3-4 minutes in round 1. Too much rush-rush for my liking.
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« Reply #47 on: January 17, 2018, 06:13:10 PM »
Years ago I knew an old timer that still made a living blacksmithing, he was in his 80's iirc and his bread and butter was, at the time building teeth and cutting edges for construction equipment. The thing I remember the most about himwas his massive right arm, would have made popeye jealous.

I know a guy in New Mexico that makes a living, or did just a few years ago doing old time blacksmithing. He was a genuine artist and had found a niche in the high end housing market, People would contract him to do a whole house, door hinges, cabinet hinges and handles, toilet paper racks, everything youcan imagine and then some more. he also had a furniture factory going that incorporated his blacksmithing, building new furniture that looked like it was an antique. He had quite the business going and was making a name for high end work.
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