workspace for blacksmithing
After taking a blacksmithing class I realized there were no way back for me, I needed to have this possibility in my workshop, the ability to make, repurpose, restore tools for woodworking on my own, to forge the blade, then give it a handle or a body and finally make shaves with it, is for me the feeling of a full circle. Ohhh yes and then it is just another chance to learn new, to open new paths and get a wider perspective, so yes the child in me are fully alive and still endlessly curious.
This will not be a blacksmithing blog series, but blacksmithing from a woodworkers perspective, a how I get started and the tricks I learn to make a woodworker able to forge his own tools and finish them up.
The small gas forge on top of my stove.
My first thought was to build a soup can forge since I have a MAPP gas burner, but after finding a fair priced gas forge from DEVILS FORGE, I decided to go the easy way and not spend my time on building a forge and
figuring out how to construct a burner and the dangers that could come with it… Coal was not possible since my shop is in a domestic building in the center of Copenhagen.
(I also choose the gas burner because I can also use it for a Raku kiln that’s on my to do list).
So while waiting for the forge to arrive I visited my once again generous friend Flemming who said I could borrow this anvil and tong he had in the house and not used.
(It is a better quality and I like it better than my small cast iron anvil).
Being a city woodworker I have little acces to lumber, so I decided to do reversed woodworking.
Bought a bunch of roof batterns, since they are dead cheap and easy to get.
Now waiting for a click on mount for a gas bottle to arrive…
So a stand for a tapered anvil…
Ohhh yes and I also managed to get two gas bottles at a fair prize (half the retail price), I can only use the small size since it is a workshop that are three steps under the terrain… Hmmmm that’s what the law say and so I better follow it, also it holds enough gas for at least a full days forging, so that should be more than enough for my use.
So back to reversed woodworking…
Making roof batterns into a solid wood block.
Kind of stupid, kind of foolish but…
So I cut them up in pieces that fit the height I want on the anvil.
It should be that your knuckles touch the surface when your arm hang loose.
At this point I realized it would be more easy to make the tapered hole for the anvil before putting the stand together.
So I made a drawing of the anvil, then folded it on the middle and could transfer the angle to the wood.
Then sawing from both sides.
Cleaning up a little and thinking of an old friend.
Like this we have half the hole.
Two more and we are there.
Easy to make and a perfect fit.
Glue and screw.
Layer on layer and a block of wood are a reality.
Now metal band around to secure it and hold the beating that will come later.
I used the construction type, it is again cheap and easy to get.
And easy to mount.
Nice and simple.
I think it fits in here, kind of like home from the beginning.
Now some leather details…
Cutting a few strips.
Mounting it on the sides.
Just loose loops, different sizes.
Like this the tools will be where they are needed.
That’s it; anvil on stand, I’m pleased with the result.
Flemming passed the shop today and were so pleased with it that he gave me the tong and anvil as a gift.
I am a lucky man.
Think Flemming will enjoy some blacksmithing here also. ;-)
Now I just wait for that gas click on thing to arrive…
Hope this post can inspire others to make their own tools, after all this is why I take a detour out the black road now.
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.