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Blacksmithing on a Home Made forge -Lesson 1
It just seems to me that there are few things as remarkable as owning a beautiful sword that you have made yourself. So this is what I will be doing, making swords and showing you how to do it too. Here is an introductory video to what I have done so far.
To see how glowing metal on the anvil and watch as it's hammered and the sparks are flying is a truly beautiful thing. I am simply amazed by the art and craft of the blacksmith.
And, in the movies blacksmiths are always strong and muscular. Now I can see why. Swinging that hammer down quickly gets very tiring. You have to build up some strength if you want to pursue this craft!!
This is going to be the new work out craze. I will call it the Blacksmith's workout :)
About the forge. It is quite a unique little set up and I can't take credit for it. This is turning into a family project and my thanks go to John for making it. Here is an introductory video that shows you the basic setup we have.
There are a few different things that you absolutely need if you want to do some blacksmithing and one of them is an anvil. Here is the anvil we have for this.
An Anvil is used to place your heated metal on so you can work it. Typically, working it means pounding it with a hammer but there are other ways to work heated metal and I will be showing you these. There are also more characteristics about the anvil than jsut a flat surface. For example the pointed horn on the right is made so you can hammer curved shapes out of your metal. This is very important. And the holes on the left are so you can insert various types of jigs and molds so you can do even more varied work. (This anvil shown in the picture weighs 200 pounds.) I have a complete explanation of the anvil that shows you all the different parts and uses here
About the Forge:
The forge is of course where you heat the metal. But you have to get the metal really hot and this takes a few distinct things including some kind of air source that will blow a strong air current on the coals. This raises the temperature significantly. In medieval times they used something called a bellows that had to be hand pumped or hand cranked. Nowadays we use an electrical device like a fan or blower.
The Ridgid 69622 is a model 5 horn anvil. With a face of 3" by 8" this anvil has a large top face, which is ground and drop-forged for a high quality and large work space. This model comes equipped with a Pritchel hole to support the use of various tools as well as an upsetting block.
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