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    um, i see cleaving through cows as distasteful to the art i practice
    but yes i am interested in how they are made, and would like to have a go (under proper guidance of course)
    currently im learning how to make longbows, and im not much good at that
    so the thought of making a sharp object that is swung around is somewhat daunting

    nice avatar by the way
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    First of all, how would one go about making a forge in a back yard and where could one get an anvil (and other tools). I don't think average hardware store would carry those thing anymore? Is there some special 'smithy's general store' hanging around?

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    or video ...

    But good stuff... good job... :headbang:

    :5propelle

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    Quote Originally Posted by jubei33
    First of all, how would one go about making a forge in a back yard and where could one get an anvil (and other tools). I don't think average hardware store would carry those thing anymore? Is there some special 'smithy's general store' hanging around?

    I'm thinking alt.crafts.blacksmithing would be the best place to start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jubei33
    First of all, how would one go about making a forge in a back yard and where could one get an anvil (and other tools). I don't think average hardware store would carry those thing anymore? Is there some special 'smithy's general store' hanging around?
    Forges are rather difficult to build and are beyond the scope of this article. If you're going to build a forge, you'd be better off just building a small in-ground BBQ as you'll be using it more often. But if you're wanting to I guess I could do a write up on how to build a forge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirc
    Forges are rather difficult to build and are beyond the scope of this article. If you're going to build a forge, you'd be better off just building a small in-ground BBQ as you'll be using it more often. But if you're wanting to I guess I could do a write up on how to build a forge.
    Not true. I have built a forge from a Brake drum and a hand cranked blower. The best place to start this sort of thing is some place like Centar Forge or blacksmithing supply. If you live in the west (like i do) there are lots of farm stores who carry what you need. You can look uner Farrier supply. That will get you started. I ordered my Forge from a feed store in the town i grew up in.

    Here are some links
    Tools
    http://www.blacksmithsupply.com/
    http://www.blacksmithsdepot.com/
    And my favorite
    http://www.centaurforge.com/

    In fact here is a picture of my gas forge.

    http://www.centaurforge.com/prodinfo.asp?number=KNIFE

    Point is if you want to learn how to do this sort of thing let me know i will point you in the direction to get started. It isnt easy nor cheap but it can be fun. I will post some pictures of my gear here in a bit.

    PT

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    Pics from my shop

    Ok here is my set up includeing some basic tools.

    First is my anvil. I have a small 35lbs anvil right now. My big one is in storage at the moment.



    Here are some of my hammers. As a smith i have more hammers then a hardware store. Here are some basic ones used most commonly. As a little peice of trivia the big ball peen is the one that i used to crush my finger with.....I love that hammer



    Here is the front of my forge. Includeing some fire bricks and some stock sitting in the refractory. If you look on the stand you can see a cut hardy. (looks like a wedge)



    Last and most likely least. Here is the blade i am currently working on. It is a christmas present for my brother inlaw.




    Here is the forge from the side. Below it are some buckes one for Oil and one for water.


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    Last thing for now

    Here is a link to a good sorce of info on smithing.

    http://www.anvilfire.com/iForge/

    I would also look at picking up these books for starters. They provide great info, and can get you started hammering in no time. If you are looking from more advanced stuff I have some other recomendations.

    The Art of Blacksmithing By Alex W Bealer
    ISBN0-7858-0395-5

    Writen in 1969 but has lots of useful info. Including how to build your own coal forge.

    $50 Knife Shop by Wayne Goddard.
    ISBN 0-87341-993-6

    He also has one called the Wonder of Knife Making but i do not own it.

    The Complete Modern Blacksmith By Alexander G Weygers
    ISBN 0-89815-896-6

    Good info on basic tools and techniques. Also some advanced stuff like making a pump!

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    Well it's easy for you may be. But I don't know how great these people's building skills are. The forge we built was a brick fire forge. It did it's job and did it's job well. We tried to keep it as traditional as we possibly could.

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    Planktime, you're giving me a raging clue with all of your awesome machinery.

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