"Of the four elements, air, earth, water, and fire
man stole only one from the gods. Fire. And
with it, man forged his will upon the world."
And from the tents, the armourers
accomplishing the knights
with busy hammers closing rivets up
gives dreadful note
Quick Guide to Popular projects:
Making a knife by stock removal - How to forge a knife - How to Make a sword
Whoa! I found this Damascus knife blank on amazon.com - If you always wanted to make a damascus knife but didn't want to make the Damascus steel yourself this is the perfect opportunity. Damascus Knife Making
New: How to Make a Sword Forge
When making a sword you don't need a forge or anvil. But, you run into the problem of how to harden and temper the blade? You need to heat the whole blade at the same time. And you can do this with a sword forge. In this tutorial I show you why and I take you through the easy making of a forge like this. And I have included a video. How to Make a Sword forge
Swordmaking: It's all about the steel
You have probably heard the term "high carbon steel". Are interested in knowing exactly what it means? And seeing as there is high carbon steel there is of course a low carbon steel. There is even one right between the two. In this tutorial I explain to you what that all means and how it affects sword making. And of course I have a video too. Swordmaking: It's all about the steel
The role of the blacksmith is more than just shoeing horses and making swords. This book introduces you to the artistic aspect of blacksmithing. It is an interesting look at the possibilities. Read my review here
How to make chainmail: This is a tutorial that shows you step-by-step how to make chain mail. I show you which wire to use, how to create the rings and how to weave the actual mail. How to make chainmail. I will also be doing a tutorial on how to make a piece of chainmail armor.
Want to wind your chainmail links faster, easier and more reliably? a web visitor (Sander) has designed a made a neat little tool that will help. It is a piece of wood, a washer and three screws and it help you wind the links. Make a chainmail winding tool
Free Public Domain Books about Armour
These books, (mostly pdf's) are expired past their copyright and now in the public domain. But seeing as they are about medieval armor they are still very relevant and useful. Some neat stuff here and a great look at the past that is looking at the even further past! Check them out right here: Books on Armour
Blacksmithing, Whaling, and Ship Building
I took a trip to a local marine museum. The centerpiece is all the various types of ships there have been over the past few centuries. But we often don't think of how important the blacksmith's role was when it came to these sailing ships of the past. See some pics and read more about it here: Blacksmithing, Whaling, and Ship Building
What kind of things did a blacksmith do in the Middle Ages?
We all have an image of a blacksmith making swords all day right? Well.. not really true. A blacksmith did a whole lot of different things. This display from Prudhoe Castle Shows you the wide variety of things a blacksmith made and repaired. Of course it did include weapons. Blacksmithed items from Prudhoe Castle
Review of an exactly 100 year old blacksmithing book (1916)
Blacksmiths were a very important part of life back then. They did a lot more than we think. A lot of the techniques, tools and tricks we use now remain unchanged. But a few things have definitely changed. Read my review and article about this book right here
Make a Damascus Steel Knife
Damascus steel is challenging to make. But you don't have to make it for a knife. You can buy a blank and make a knife with it. I show you how in this tutorial: Make a Damascus Steel Knife (I also have a video for it) And I hated to hide all that striated steel under a wooden handle so I made a clear epoxy resin handle so we could see through it.
Forge a Medieval Letter Opener
It is an easy project and we learn six different blacksmithing techniques while doing it. Want to learn what a blacksmith does? This is a good place to learn it. Forge a Medieval Letter Opener
How to Forge a Spear
It is an interesting four step process to forging the tip of a spear. I use a piece of mild steel and show you how. I also have a video so you can watch how to do it. How to forge a spear
The Changing colors of steel - This tutorial, with video shows you how the color of steel changes quite dramatically as it is heated. And why this is very important to a blacksmith. The changing color of forging steel
Forge Medieval Arrows - This style of arrow tip is called a bodkin and it was used in the middle ages and the Renaissance. They are easy to make and I show you how. Forge medieval arrows
Railroad spike forging - They are excellent for blacksmithing, typically medium carbon steel which means they heat easy and evenly and are easy to work with. You can get them pretty cheap too. I also have projects using them right here: Railroad spikes for blacksmithing
Coal for blacksmithing - Wondering about what coal to use and where you can get it? I tell you exactly what to use and exactly where you can easily get it. All About coal for blacksmithing.
Blacksmith tools: The blacksmith uses a set of general tools and also uses some unique and amazing specialized tools. Ever wonder how the groove in a sword is made? I have it all here with pictures.
Blacksmith a sword fast!
I challenged myself to make a sword real fast and easy. It took me six hours from start to finish. You can make a sword like this too. Check out my tutorial here: Make a sword in six hours
Make a Sword Holder
Oliver has designed a neat little tool for holding blades and swords while working on them. Check out the picture and learn how to make one for your foging. Make a sword holder
Oliver's Medieval Forge
What more can a bladesmith ask for but a proper medieval forge complete with anvil, home made forge and even a hand made bellows! You got to check out this forge setup and some of the blades that Oliver has made. The Medieval Forge
The U.S. Blacksmithing Stamp
I recently returned to the hobby of stamp collecting and it is interesting to see how I have changed in how I look at stamps. There is 1 stamp published by the USPS that is dedicated to blacksmithing. Take a look at it here and learn more.
Forge a Rebar Knife
Rebar is a cheap and readily available material. It is easy to forge and in this tutorial I show you how to make a knife with it. I also show you some new techniques like how to bend the steel into curves. Make a Rebar Knife
Forge a Railroad Spike Throwing hatchet
Fun and easy little project and I show you a technique that all blacksmiths use but very few talk about. How to forge a railroad spike hatchet/throwing axe.
Forge a Rondel from a Railroad Spike
A rondel is a medieval sticking weapon that was used in the middle ages. Interesting little project and easy to make from a railroad spike. How to forge a medieval Rondel.
Make a Railroad Spike Knife
This is a great little project if you are just beginning in blacksmithing. RR spikes are so easy to work with and you can whip up a nice little knife in no time. Practically can't do wrong with a project like this and it will help you to develop a feel for hammering hot metal. Make a railroad spike knife.
Make a Leather Sword Sheath
Web visitors have been asking me to do this tutorial for a long time. I finally got to it. It is how to make a leather sheath for a sword. And I make one for our Steel Sting Sword. It also comes with a video. How to make a leather sword sheath
Make a subhilt knife
This is a complete tutorial where I take you through all the steps of making a subhilt knife. It has the extra guard on it which prevents it from being pulled out of your hand. Good looking knife! Make a subhilt knife
How to make Dragonscale Chainmail
This is a wonderful chainmail weave that looks really beautiful. Two different sized rings. I show you everything, step by step. How to make dragonscale chainmail
The Atlas Knife Forge - This is a wonderful little gas forge for knife making. I also have pics of one sent in by a web visitor right here: The Atlas Mini Forge. Thinking about knife making and looking for a forge to do the job? This is it!
Make Sting from the Hobbit - Fun tutorial and I show you step-by-step how to make this famous sword from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
Brett's Knife Sheath- He has given us a nice little tutorial on how to make a knife sheath with some inexpensive leather and rapid rivets.
Whitlox Forges - There are two big problems when it comes to the hobby of blacksmithing. Getting a forge and getting coal! How about a mini forge that uses regular cord wood as a fuel! Yup, you have got to check out the Whitlox forges. Solves both problems of getting into blacksmithing. I have more information here. This small model is also available on amazon.com!
Make Nail Swords - Fun little project where you turn duplex nails into miniature swords. Make Nail swords
Forge a Medieval Great Helm - This is an interesting medieval armor project. I show you the process step by step. Note though that the helmet project isn't complete yet. I am waiting on some rivets to arrive so I can button it up and finish it. But you can check it out here: Make a Medi eval Great Helm
Make a Push Dagger, (Or push knife) - Interesting little weapon and pretty easy to make. But it does pose some interesting little challenges when making it.
Make a Karambit Fighting Knife- We use the stock removal method to make this vicious fighting knife. I also have the template for you.
Make a throwing knife - This is a fun project to make and a fun project to use! I had a lot of fun with this. All you need is a piece of steel and some basic tools. And you don't need a forge. You can harden and temper this with a torch. Make a Throwing Knife
Make a planishing stake - In this case I call it a planishing ball. It is for shaping metal into curves and it is a standard tool for armor makers. Pretty easy to make this and I use a cast Iron Shotput. Make a Planishing Stake.
This is not exactly a blacksmithing project but... it is a fun little project on how to make a miniature anvil out of foam. It is part of a stop motion animation I have done. Check out how to make the foam miniature anvil here.
New Tutorial: How to make a dagger . It is very similar to making a knife. But there are a couple of differences. A dagger is edged on both sides and made for sticking not slicing! Make a Dagger
How to make a leather knife sheath - But we have a little fun with it and dye it. Great looking sheath. How to make a leather knife sheath
New Sword Making Tutorial - I take you through the whole process of making a sword. And this one is a good sized sword! Really beefy and feels good in the hands. How to Make a sword
How to Make a ChainMail Coif (Headpiece) - Not a difficult project once you know how to make the chainmail loops. I show you the process to make a fitting coif step by step: How to make a ChainMail Coif
Check out this 700 Year old Blacksmith's Toolbox. This was found on what is believed to be the BannockBurn Battle site! Quite amazing. Technically it would be a Farrier's Toolbox.
New: A look at some famous blacksmiths though the centuries. They have always held a special place in cultures because of their skills and sometimes because of the magical items they forged.
Make a fullering tool. A fuller (also known as a cannelure) is a groove down the length of a sword or knife. It is on both sides. So, how do you do that neatly and evenly? You make a fullering tool. See that project here: Make a fullering Tool
How to Forge a Sword - This is part 1 of a series of tutorials that take you through the whole process of blacksmithing a sword: How to forge a sword
New Tutorial: If you are making swords you are going to need something to quench them in! I have a tutorial on how to make an easy quench out of some PVC pipe. How to make an Oil Quench for swords
Tutorial on How to Forge a Knife - I take you through the complete process of forging a knife. All the way from raw piece of steel to finished knife. With lots of pictures and even videos. How to forge a knife
New: A look at Hardie tools and how they are used. They are an important part of the blacksmiths toolbox.
Tutorial on Knifemaking - This tutorial is comeplete. It shows you how to make a real knife without all the forging! You just need some basic tools. making a knife using the stock removal method.
New Article: Scrounging up metal for your blacksmithing - Got a forge, tools and anvil? Well, that still isn't enough. You of course need metal! I have some tips on where to scrounge up metal without breaking the bank!
New Blacksmithing Project: Make an easy Pritchel Hole Clamp - terrific little tool for holding items down on the anvil and it is easy to make. The Pritchel Hole Clamp
I am starting a new series of tutorials on knife making and the first part of this is a look at the various steels that are used. Includes a look at the popular steels and their characteristics: Steels for Knifemaking
If You are a Blacksmith you can add a little panache to your Pumpkin Carving
With a little creativity and some scrap pieces of metal you can make yourself some unique pumpkin carving tools. It is kind of a neat little idea. Always great to find a reason to crank up the forge! More info and ideas here
New Project: (easy) Make a Dinner Bell Triangle - You just need a piece of rebar and a few other things you can scrounge up and you have a home made dinner bell. Dinner Bell Triangle
New Tutorial: How to make coal for your forge. I show you several different methods for making a high quality coal. How to make coal
Blacksmithing Diorama - I made a diorama of a medieval blacksmith shop. Fun project. Has a forge that lights up with a red glow, a tiny anvil and an even tinier hammer that I carved out of a toothpick: The Blacksmithing Diorama
On my youtube channel I have been creating a series of videos on the art of blacksmithing. You can visit that channel here: Blacksmithing Videos
How to make a simple yet effective Blacksmithing Forge (The lawn mower forge -lawnmower not needed). I show you how to make a forge. This includes the concepts of how a forge works and how to make it. This is the forge that I use in all these tutorials and videos.
A web visitor built himself a backyard forge. You can check out pictures of it and his home made anvil here. JR's Forge and Anvil
New: A recent trip to a renaissance faire where there were two blacksmith shops. Want to see a real medieval smithy complete with stone forge and real working bellows? A look at the Blacksmiths and forges of a Renaissance Faire
A look at a chainmail glove - A web visitor gives us pictures and information on how he made a chainmail glove. Check it out here.
The Blacksmith Courses - I have a series of courses on blacksmithing and most of them include videos so you can better understand the concepts and techniques of blacksmithing. Most lessons also include a video so you can see the technique in action.
New Section on Blacksmithing Tools available on ebay: There are a couple of obstacles you have when trying to get equipment. It can be rare because blacksmithing is a small community and it can be expensive. You can however find everything you need on ebay. I have direct real time ebay listings here.
Some upcoming stuff
I have a whole lot of blacksmithing stuff coming. here is a brief overview of some of it.
- A closer look at the home made forge and how it is made, including pictures and videos
- Some of the basic skills of blacksmithing which include the use of the hardy hole for hardy tools like hot cutting and bending.
- An analysis and review of some of the more popular blacksmithing books.
- The use of stranded cable to make solid pieces of iron. Stranded cable is easy to weld and forge together.
- A closer look at the anvil and the various parts ( done located Here)
- Making a knife -This tutorial is complete
- How to make a dinner bell triangle This is a neat little project that is easy to make
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