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Forum topic by ChuckV posted 09-18-2018 11:16 PM 329 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ChuckV

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09-18-2018 11:16 PM

My 14 year-old son has recently become interesting in blacksmithing. He has cobbled together a simple set-up that he has been using to make some items such as hooks.

Almost all his equipment was made from things he found in and around our barn or things he received for free. Once he sets his mind to something, he is amazingly resourceful.

He found the head of a hammer in the basement of our barn. He cleaned it up and made a handle for it.

His blower is made from a bike that was free at the side of the road. He replaced the rear wheel with a fan he made from plywood and fashioned a shroud to direct the air into his forge.

The forge itself is made from an old bread pan. The inside is lined with a mixture of plaster of Paris and sand.

Also in our barn, there was an old piece of railroad track that may have been used as an anvil in the past. He mounted it to a tree stump from a neighbor.

He is learning a lot on his own with the help of YouTube videos. Next month he will attend a one-day introductory blacksmithing class.

He really needs a better anvil. Unfortunately, the market for old anvils is a bit like that for some old woodworking tools. People decide that a trade like blacksmithing or woodworking is a quaint old lost art. They want the tools as displays in the home or office, or they see them as an investment. The antique dealers take over and the prices skyrocket. As a result, a young person interesting in learning the trade cannot afford the tools. Then it could become a lost art!

If anyone has any suggestions for finding a reasonably-priced anvil, we would really appreciate hearing them. Or maybe there are other items that can be obtained and used as anvils.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters


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uptoolateman

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#1 posted 09-18-2018 11:32 PM

Do you have a blacksmithing club in your area? We have one about 40 miles away and they have swap meets a couple of times a year, that’s where we picked up our anvil and a bunch of tongs that were made by a club member. If nothing else they would have the best advice on what to buy or know of a member that has items for sale. We tried looking on CL and yard sales and people were way too proud of what they had in the condition it was in. I’m pretty impressed with what your son has built so far with not much out of pocket.

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jeffswildwood

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#2 posted 09-18-2018 11:35 PM

Your Son is amazing and very resourceful! I forsee him taking right to this.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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ChuckV

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#3 posted 09-19-2018 12:06 AM



Do you have a blacksmithing club in your area? We have one about 40 miles away and they have swap meets a couple of times a year, that s where we picked up our anvil and a bunch of tongs that were made by a club member. If nothing else they would have the best advice on what to buy or know of a member that has items for sale. We tried looking on CL and yard sales and people were way too proud of what they had in the condition it was in. I m pretty impressed with what your son has built so far with not much out of pocket.

- uptoolateman

As luck would have it, later this month there will be a Blacksmith Festival just a few miles from our home – we definitely plan to be there!

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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corelz125

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#4 posted 09-19-2018 12:06 AM

Thats great to see a young kid out getting his hands dirty and using his mind to come up with ways to complete his projects out of anything. Try some of the selling apps letgo, 5miles, offer up or other ones out there.

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uptoolateman

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#5 posted 09-19-2018 12:30 AM

That is a great starting point, we got the blacksmithing bug from a Renaissance faire of all places and took a knife making class from the blacksmith we met there. We are fortunate to have several places in our area that do classes and a fairly active blacksmithing community. My son and I have taken a few classes now and occasionally pull the forge out to the driveway and attempt to make something. Not always successful, but always fun. My son worked for over a year to save up for the gas forge, anvil, tongs and hammers. The local club has a swap meet in October so we hope to pick up some more tooling.

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uptoolateman

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#6 posted 09-19-2018 12:42 AM

Another good resource for tools is a farriers supply shop. We have one about an hour away that occasionally carries used or close out tooling.

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ChuckV

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#7 posted 09-19-2018 12:59 AM



Another good resource for tools is a farriers supply shop. We have one about an hour away that occasionally carries used or close out tooling.

- uptoolateman

That is a great idea – thanks!

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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lumbering_on

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#8 posted 09-19-2018 01:02 AM

So good to see that there are teens out there that are interested in working with their hands and not just playing video games.

My parents actually had an anvil for years, but they just sold it a few months back. They got over $300 for it.

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Joe Lyddon

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#9 posted 09-19-2018 03:59 AM

Just keep on using YouTube, a Fantastic tool to learn and keep on learning…

It’s nice to see someone who Makes something out of nothing to accomplish his goals…

He will be a GREAT Blacksmith… was born to do it.

Please continue to keep us updated on his progress…

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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ChuckV

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#10 posted 09-19-2018 09:01 PM

Ugh - Anvil would be great painted with advertising:
https://plattsburgh.craigslist.org/tls/d/anvil-forge-blacksmith/6684970597.html

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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