Any LJ's out there do some Blacksmithing?

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04-22-2011 11:45 PM

Woodworkers are tough, handsome, manly men. We make things with our hands, turn trees into dust and pee standing up (out the back door of the workshop). Blacksmithing seems like a natural next step for a woodworker to take. If we can rip wood, we can hammer iron, right?

My great grandfather’s anvil just made it’s way into my shop. (Actually i busted my gut carrying it’s awkwardly balanced 150 pounds from my truck into the house and onto the kitchen counter for inspection. As you can imagine, the missus had no sympathy for my back and immediately made me carry it out of her kitchen and into my shop.) It’s a very old anvil, I am researching it, but I think it dates to about the 1820’s. And it’s been WELL used. It seems right that I do some hammering on the sucker!

So, all you good people out in Lumber Jock’s Land… Do you do any smithing? Have you ever wanted to?

Any comments or smart “you-know-what” answers would be appreciated!

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#1 posted 04-23-2011 12:30 AM

Great tool. Have fun playing a tune on it.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#2 posted 04-23-2011 12:45 AM

Looks like someone’s forging a tool for extracting a boy scout out of a horse’s hoof.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#3 posted 04-23-2011 12:48 AM

Yes I have and I have my fathers anvils and hammers. Mostly I have made iron hinges.

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#4 posted 04-23-2011 01:07 AM

Roger- I expected you to comment on the “we pee out the back door of the workshop” comment in the intro above. That new avatar has really changed you, man…

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#5 posted 04-23-2011 04:38 AM

red-hot steel, big ole anvil, a hammer, and peein’ out the back door-what else could any of us add to that?
yeah, even though i like to work with wood, i’ll be keeping my welders, torch,chop saw, grinders,vise, etc. i’ve had 38 yrs. of metal working, but it would be hard to choose between wood or metal. so, as long as i can, i’ll do both.
have fun man!

-- dave in s.e. ks.

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#6 posted 04-23-2011 05:22 AM

I would love to do more blacksmithing. I have made a few knives, one out of a railroad spike, and one out out of a bearing race, and a few other small things. It is a blast! Be sure to make sure you don’t need a permit to burn your forge. Blacksmithing can be just as addicting as woodworking, so be careful!

-- RJ

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#7 posted 04-23-2011 05:53 AM

I admire the art of blacksmithing and knew someone who let me try to hammer a piece of steel. My whimpy girl strike just bounced on the hot metal like a rubber ball. Wish I had the strength of a gorilla, but hubby wouldn’t like that. I’ll have to stick to unbending staples with my bare thumbnail.

I would like to see some of your blacksmithing.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#8 posted 04-23-2011 06:22 AM

Might check out the ABANA resource site.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#9 posted 04-23-2011 03:37 PM

I have attended the woodworking school at this facility. If their blacksmith course is anywhere near as great as the woodworking school was, I would highly recommend it. “”

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#10 posted 04-23-2011 03:39 PM

I don’t pee standing up, but I have always wanted to try forgery.

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#11 posted 04-23-2011 04:18 PM

I am an apprentice bladesmith now. So I do blacksmithing almost daily. The woodworking now is for handles, and boxes to put the knives in for customers, and the cutting boards for kitchen cutlery. It’s more addicting than woodworking in my opinion. Not to mention everybody uses a knife daily, as opposed to a box or other things we make, so the market is better.

-- Daniel

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#12 posted 04-23-2011 04:19 PM

mtkate- you should try it, it’s great…

...of course I’m referring to peeing standing up…

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#13 posted 04-23-2011 04:41 PM

ksSlim, thanks for the link to ABANA. It looks pretty educational. I’ve been interested in trying some Blacksmithing for some time now and have aquired an anvil and a portable forge and a few tools but not very much in the way of knowledge. That ABANA site has a beginners ed. course that looks interesting.

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#14 posted 04-23-2011 04:46 PM

ksSlim & Saddle- I discovered the ABANA site when I got my anvil and tried to research it’s age. I’m a fan, but one thing I notices is the forum is not very active at all. I’m used to LJ’s where you can get a hundred replies to a single thread in a few days. The members there seem to only post a reply here and there every few weeks at the most. So if you ask for advice, expect to wait a while if you get a response at all!

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#15 posted 04-23-2011 08:45 PM

Stumpy, they’re out in the smithy movin’ metal, no time for idle chatter. Also, their fingers are too big from all that hard labor to type well. Hard labor causes your hands to get big and the fingers to thicken. When I worked for a living, half a lifetime ago, I could lace my fingers about half way down. Now, I can do it all the way to the webs between my fingers.

Oh, and I never wore a ring when working the trades. That fella must be making boutique iron.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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