One of my many endeavors has been to blacksmith. It has taken me a while to gather the tools to get started. Now that I have the fun has begun. When you forge and look down in the fire. It is so hot, above 2000 degrees, that you can place a poker into what was rock and has become molten rock. This heat is doing your bidding to manipulate iron into a new shape. As a wood worker I wait for the tree to grow. As a blacksmith I only wait for the smelter to produce my material.
All of our tools and anything we used that was made of any metal was produced by a smith. If it was of metal they made it. Metal was so precious that they would burn a structure and retrieve the nails from it after it burned.
Many of the tools we consider modern were forged by the smith.
I have a few basic smithing tools to make that I need to use to produce the hardware I want. And my intention is to create them myself.
I am looking to build nails, pulls, hinges and other decorative pieces.
I have just gotten my hands on some coke. This is coal that they have cooked the impurities out of. It burns clean and very hot. A have a british friend of mine that tells me they toasted there crumpets over it a s a child.
It requires a lot of oxygen. A ole style hand blower will not produce enough air to sustain the fire. They would mix coal with it in the ole days to keep the fire going.
Now I would like any tips and ideas that you can give me. I am learning this and love to learn more.
I was playing around with my software and made a movie trailer. I will show that first then the second video will be a few tools I have made.
The holdfasts in the video are a test set. They are to small in diameter and have not been heat treated properly. Thank you for your time and patience.
And the feature film……….