Investigating

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Investigating

caveman2533
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Joined: 02 Jul 2009, 01:12

07 Feb 2015, 04:32 #1

Blacksmithing is something I have always had in interest in, Never pursued it but always interested. Well the Pennsylvania Artist Blacksmithing is having its first meeting of the year just a few miles from where I live and I am going to go tomorrow and spend the day. I do have a small Champion Forge and blower, but have not put it to use yet.
Steve Nissly
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toxophileken
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Joined: 15 Jan 2006, 04:55

07 Feb 2015, 08:27 #2

Steve, I hope you have a great time! There's a lot to the hobby of blacksmithing/metalworking, and I sure have been having fun looking into it and playing around.

I have a really good basic book on blacksmithing that Eric (Knifesmith) gave me. I'll send you the title and info later (book is in the bedroom and I don't want to wake up the wife and kids right now trying to get it in the dark).

Ken
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caveman2533
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Joined: 02 Jul 2009, 01:12

08 Feb 2015, 02:40 #3

I did have a great time today. Need to find and anvil that won't cost me an arm and a leg. I have a champion Forge and blower, but have never used it.
Steve Nissly
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forginhill
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Joined: 05 Jul 2006, 13:07

08 Feb 2015, 22:26 #4

Steve, if a scavenged steel anvil is an option, there are lots of cheap or even free possibilities. I know of some really good blacksmiths who use a section of forklift tine as an anvil, and prefer it to a regular anvil. Glad you're getting into it. Once you start, there's no stopping....
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caveman2533
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09 Feb 2015, 12:36 #5

Thanks,
I am on the scrounge for materials now. I actually thought of the Forklift tine idea when I was at the demo. I also took a good look at his air hammer and may have good chance of obtaining material for that from where I work. What are they doing to add mass to the forklift tine?
Steve Nissly
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toxophileken
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09 Feb 2015, 19:26 #6

The book is The Backyard Blacksmith by Lorelei Sims (ISBN 1592532519).  It's got a lot of good photos and step by step breakdowns of various basic projects and techniques.  

Eric got it for me for Christmas a couple years ago (great present!).


I have a forklift tine I got cheap (at a place I was told I could get a pile of them for free, but hey, I was pretty happy anyway).  I cut off part of the short leg and welded tabs on it so it would sit on my truly abused (before I got it) anvil, giving a clean surface.  The long leg I've been thinking of sinking in concrete in the ground, with the top cut off flat, and at a level to work on.  It's about 125# as is, all under the hammer, not spread out, like an anvil.  If I wanted more mass, I guess I could weld stuff on down the length of it…


I also recently was given a rectangle of steel about 4" thick by about 11" by 18".  I was having trouble picking it up (no handholds - gripping by squeezing with my fingers from the sides and it kept slipping) and thought I was getting really weak, until I looked it up on a weight by size calculator for steel and came up with about 197 pounds…  Ha ha.  I'm planning on mounting it on a stump as an anvil.  Small faces are fine for bladesmithing, I think; but for actual blacksmithing, I think it would be good to have a horn and other features of the traditional anvil.  I'm still looking for a really heavy anvil (400# range), just for blacksmithing.  I think in some operations  you are banging sideways, and it would be nice to have all the mass to keep it from moving. 


Ken
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