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Repairing Woodworking Chisels with Blacksmith Bruce Dembling

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Blog entry by WoodAndShop posted 07-12-2014 06:56 PM 1486 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My friend Dr. Bruce Dembling recently invited me to his small blacksmith shop in Charlottesville, Virginia. In the above video you’ll see how he repaired several problems on my old antique woodworking chisels.

These blacksmith chisel repairs included:

1. Fusing a broken chisel blade:

2. Removing the “mushroom” from a socket chisel:

3. Cutting off the end of an irreparable chisel fracture:

This video isn’t meant to be a full tutorial of blacksmith work, but an enjoyable tour and a tutorial for those already familiar with the basics of blacksmith techniques…so don’t get mad if some details are left out!

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Oldtool

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#1 posted 07-12-2014 07:30 PM

Very interesting video, although the camera work made me a little dizzy.

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#2 posted 07-12-2014 08:04 PM

This was a great video, thanks for sharing. Was the first chisel a western or Japanese chisel? It looked western, but I didn’t know they used laminated steels for them.

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#3 posted 07-12-2014 09:25 PM

Fine video. Thanks for sharing. What a lovely character, that blacksmith!

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#4 posted 07-13-2014 12:14 AM

Thanks for your comments guys!

“Oldtool”, yea, it was a bit shaky because the guy was moving around so much and it’s difficult to film in lower light…technical stuff.

“Siavosh”, it was an old western style chisel.

“Kaerlighedsbamsen” thank you so much. Yes, Bruce is a fantastic guy.

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#5 posted 07-13-2014 03:43 AM

Yeah, older western-style chisels were laminated. Almost all my pigstickers have a lamination.

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#6 posted 07-13-2014 10:50 PM

Yes Shampeon, steel was very expensive back then, so they conserved it for just the cutting edge.

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#7 posted 07-16-2014 01:24 AM

Great video!
I appreciate the tips.

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#8 posted 07-16-2014 11:49 AM

You’re sure welcome! I hope you subscribe at WoodAndShop.com and keep commenting!

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