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[21 Aug 2008|11:01pm]

[ mood | mellow ]

Grettings people!
just started out on the firey road of smithing all advice is most welcome!

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Blacksmithing ? [19 Aug 2008|07:49pm]

[ mood | content ]

Ive just joined the communtity so I throught I just tell you all a little about myself.
My names Moon
Im 20 years old
from se London.

I started last year on a access to Farriery course, thinking that I would want to be doing that because of my horsey background, but the decided from a few weeks in that Blacksmithing intrested me alot more, so I stayed and did the access to forgeing course at Brinsbry college (w.sussex)
Im now about to start at warwick to do a btec nationals in blacksmithing and metal work, due to start on the 8th of septemeber..

I was wondering if anybody could give me any advice to completeing my goal in a carrer.
and also asking how you guys got into Blacksmithing..

any replys would be really helpfull.

Moonshine x

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About gas burners... [01 Jul 2008|06:26pm]

I've built a Reil-style propane burner for my first forge.  I haven't purchased a regulator, etc. yet, so it's pretty much just the burner and the propane tank (the type you trade in at the grocery store for your grill).  Does anyone have any experience with this type of project that they could share with me, besides the obvious "Don't blow yerself up"?  Particularly, I'd like to know about how long a tank of propane should last and what kind of high pressure propane regulator is best to use on a budget.  As this is my first project of this type, any information would be helpful.  Thanks!
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tool repair [15 Mar 2008|03:01am]

I have a drawknife that I was cleaning off and foung that it has a hairline crack running dead center of the blade, perpendicular to the cutting edge. the face of the blade is 2 inches wide (its a large drawknife) and the crack runs almost a full inch into it. is there any way to fix it, or should I just hope it doesn't break on me?
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meteorites [09 Mar 2007|10:45am]

I just joined..
I was curious, has anyone here tried to forge meteorite iron? Any guesses on which type to pick? Meteorites were used before extracting iron so I am curious to experiment and wonder about meteorite iron's effect on the fey.
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[02 Jan 2007|06:10pm]

Are there any leatherworkers in this group?

I was cleanning a deer hide this afternoon and started wondering, can I use the fats I'm scraping off to condition veg. tanned leathers? You know, conditioning with the same oils that were taken out in production?
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Introduction [19 Dec 2006|10:06am]

I am thinking about adding forging to my lifestyle. I am completely new and have never forged anything before. I am at the researching and spending a little money to try it out stage. Any ideas about what to use for an anvil? I have been told 'just buy a piece of an 'I' beam ' But finding someone to sell it to me is proving a little challenging. Will that really work adequately to try it out? I have read several 'build your own forge' websites that seem plausible so I feel comfortable with how to do that.

What basic tools would you suggest for my first attempts at pounding some metal. I have no projects in mind just take a piece of metal and see if I can make a reasonable straight bar with it. I am thinking a hammer (decent 'blacksmith' hammer from Home Depot enough to get me started?), some welders gloves, eye & hearing protection, a set of metal holding tongs for handling the metal when it is straight out of the forge. Any other suggestions would be appreciated.

Also any book or article references that you would be willing to make would be great!
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forge tool question [01 Dec 2006|02:26am]
Cheers to my fellow craftsmen!
Does anyone know what is the name/function of the wedge-like forge tool pictured in the far right corner? I have come across it several times, so it is not someone's improvisation, though it sure looks the part.

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Armour for the Ladies. [21 Nov 2006|12:11pm]

[ mood | accomplished ]

Well i haven't posted in a while and this is one of the reasons why:
I have been busy making a steel corset for a very dear friend of mine wyte_phantom.
She has been after one of these things for years and we decided to collaborate on this project so she could have it ready for the recent Whitby gothic weekend.

Details hereCollapse )

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SPIRAL New Re-enactment Swords from John Barnett [24 Jun 2006|02:06pm]

New Re-enactment Swords

These battle-ready swords are designed for use in re-enactment.

This replica 10th century Norman long sword, with a steel blade and a leatherette bound hilt, is a creation of John Barnett, a renowned swordsmith of the modern era. His swords are perhaps some of the most authentic replicas available anywhere. 

Approx. 108cm in length, 25cm wide cross-guard.

Price: Only £140.00

Click here to view all re-enactment swords and purchase your own today, at the Spiral Online Shop.


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NW blacksmiths [09 Apr 2006|10:05pm]

Anyone interested in creative metal work, blacksmithing, repousse, etc. in the northwest area is encouraged to attend the upcoming conference hosted by the northwest chapter of ABANA. (artist blacksmith association of north america)

Some if not most of the Northwests most creative and talented metalworkers will be in one place for you to learn from. There are hands on workshops for beginners and lectures for the more advanced going simultaneously all weekend. Also open forge into the wee hours of the night, it is great fun, hope to see you there.

Here is the info:Collapse )
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[15 Feb 2006|11:17pm]

Here is a knife I made about a month ago, in it's former life it was two chain saw blades. fraile is going to make a sheath for it.

KnifeCollapse )
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Hello [15 Feb 2006|11:17pm]

Well its been quiet in here for a bit so thought i would join up and post something that may be of interest.

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[01 Nov 2005|11:29am]

Does anyone know where I can obtain a realistic viking hammer i.e. thors hammer (mjollnir). Just asking thanks
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hello [10 Aug 2005|07:47pm]

just wanted to introduce myself..
I go a variety of names....
Eli, Tip, Yohan, take your pick....
 I have recently gotten into blacksmithing and am looking around for suportive comunities to get information and ideas from,
anywho,... I was wondering... does anyone know if its possible to make a quick temperary crude fordge for 4-5 hours of work say...at the beach?
and by temperary I mean by only useing materials found on the beach.... rocks, wood, sand, etc etc...
anywho let me know..
and this is my new hammer -=^..^=-
<img src="http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a395/TipLorance/artwork/yohan.jpg" alt="Image hosted by Photobucket.com">
just carved into it today

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Intro [26 Apr 2005|09:04pm]

Although I am not a smith Myself I am A Mage, and one that follows Odin. If anyone needs more power or focus for something they are working on I have available resources. I am I suppose a Rune user, although I am also a chaomancer and a druid. Judge me as you will, in Odin's Sight I am one of the faithful
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[03 Mar 2005|09:23am]

Hi all. A friend of mine (who is without the internet) wants to learn bladesmithing, but we're having trouble finding a school in our area. Does anyone here live in the general area of Los Angeles CA? And do you know of any schools in that area? Thanks in advance for any help you can give us.
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redemption.. [27 Nov 2004|10:05pm]
well day two a FULL day of smithing from 9 am till 5 with an hour lunch was what I would call really succcessful.
The end of the day was spent in teh tavern that is in the living museum ( yes a real tavern.. ) and listening to the bilge rats sing really good sea shanties whilst teh turkey was deep fried..
a fine end to a great day ..

I met the master smith this morning and we started from the absoloute rock bottom basics on up to get back in shape and correct some bad "mechanics"
this was honestly the best learning day I think I have ever had !
This person is a fantastic teacher and a really good smith.

I dont know if it was the bellows or the 10 lb sledge work that I am feeling now .. lol

the flatter and a 10 lb sledge are my friends ..

goal project in january will be a new hammer one side forged into a dragon head .. ambitious, but interesting.
I want to capture the magic in a working hammer ..

ok someone asked me to email them .. hint.. and they didnt send me thier email address .. so go to my web site and send me an email from there
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[25 Nov 2004|01:27pm]

[ mood | chipper ]

Here is my website with pix of my forgings


questions? coments? thoughts?

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old st clem .. and the blacksmiths fringe [22 Nov 2004|08:27pm]
The traditional blacksmith's day in the UK is celebrated on November 23rd. It is known as "Old Clem's Night". The apprentices made an effigy of 'Old Clem', put him in a chair and carried him round the houses begging for beer and apples.

Often a journeyman would be dressed as old clem and would give a speech with words along the lines of "
I am the real Saint Clement, the first founder of brass, iron, and steel from the ore. I have been to Mount AEtna, where the god Vulcan first built his forge, and forged the armor and thunderbolts for the god Jupiter. "

After carrying Old Clem round and 'firing the anvil', the lads took him to the door of the Public Bar, had their supper.

The supper would end with the singing by the company of the blacksmith's anthem, the song Twankydillo...


Here's a health to the jolly blacksmith, the best of all fellows
Who works at his anvil while the boy blows the bellows

Which makes his bright hammer to rise and to fall
Here's to Old Cole and to Young Cole
And to Old Cole of all
Twankydillo, Twankydillo, Twankydillo-dillo-dillo-dillo
And a roaring pair of blow-pipes made from the green willow

Here's a health to the pretty boy, the one I love best
Who kindles a fire all in my own breast


If a gentleman calls his horse to be shoed
He'll make no denial of one pot or two


Here's a health from us all, to our sovereign the Queen
And to all the Royal family, whereever they're seen

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