I’ll be following this thread.  I picked up my forge and “anvil” on Thur.  My neighbor had a steel drop about 4x12x12”, I’m guessing around 125#.   No hardie hole and no horn but it’s something to start with.  Got a crappy 4” vice mounted outside on a flimsy steel table and that’s been used a lot.  So far I’m learning to draw a point and have made some small things like business card holders, hooks and meat flippers.  

I’ve done stock removal for years so I’m hoping that will allow me to finish any knife I forge to be decent.   I can cheat a little with a heat treat oven and 2x72 lol.  

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georgiaboy posted:

 

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4x12x12 is just about as perfect an anvil as you could ask for, and certainly better than what they had back when they made the Mastermyr treasure or Sutton Hoo Hoard.

You don't need a horn, hardy hole or pritchel hole on the anvil, and many an anvil never had them.  The pritchel hole, for example only became commonplace after about 1820.

Every hardy tool works perfectly well when mounted in the vise.

Repetition is what builds skill.  Cut a 20' bar of 1/2" square into 4" segments.  Put a taper on every one of them, focusing doing the best you can.  Don't do anything else.  Don't jump around from one thing to the next thinking that you're learning as you go because you're actually hampering the learning process.

Do the tapers whether you like it or not, and you'll find that your last taper will be measurably better than the first because you've slowly drilled that skill into the mind and muscle.  Then you get to go back through the pile and fix the early ones.

With all that done, now you get to do the other end, maybe making a flat round finial with half-faced blows on the near side of your anvil.  Again, it's about focusing on the shape and getting everything right.  Once you shape all those pieces, you'll again see that your first wasn't nearly good as your last.  Repetition pays off.

What you're left with is the beginning of a coat hook or bottle opener, or trivets, or sundial.....  really open to your design abilities.

The key is to do each step before progressing to the next.  Don't make each hook start-to-finish.  

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Thanks for turning me on to the Mastermyr chest and tools.   I didn't know about them and learning is occurring.  

Cool stuff.

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A little before-n-after action....

Three hours of steady hammering with my favorite hammer.  Good times like this make the beer taste all the better!

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Got the door knocker done, finally!  What a friggin' nightmare of a job.  I had to scrap the first two goes at it because they just didn't look decent.  Of course, that put me up against a very hard deadline.  Mr. Murphy loves visiting my little corner of the world!

Not much blacksmithing involved in this aside from the mounting plate.  The rest was cut, ground, filed, drilled, tapped and epoxied until it looked like it would get the job done.

Out of all the pieces from the first attempts, I might have enough to cobble together another jack.  If that works out, it'll make a nice little bauble for the display.  

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VaughnT posted:

Got the door knocker done, finally!  What a friggin' nightmare of a job.  I had to scrap the first two goes at it because they just didn't look decent.  Of course, that put me up against a very hard deadline.  Mr. Murphy loves visiting my little corner of the world!

Not much blacksmithing involved in this aside from the mounting plate.  The rest was cut, ground, filed, drilled, tapped and epoxied until it looked like it would get the job done.

Out of all the pieces from the first attempts, I might have enough to cobble together another jack.  If that works out, it'll make a nice little bauble for the display.  

Nicely done!

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Location: Northern Nevada (Reno/Sparks)

Why'd all my pictures disappear?  I haven't moved them and I didn't think they violated the TOS here.  At least, nobody's said they did.  

 

Anyhow, things are still going.  I got a new logo/shirt design done because.... why not?  Mostly, it's been the simple stuff that folks want because that's what I do to try and pay the bills.

One of my more recent projects was for a lady that wanted short hooks so she could make a display rack for her coffee mugs.  Turns out, she and hubby collected them as they toured the Great Parks out west on their honeymoon, so they're more mementos than drink ware... even if they do actually use them. 

It's always nice when folks ask me to make something for a special occasion, so I surprised her with brass screws that I antiqued myself to take off the new shine.  She sent me these pics to show how it all came out.

 

 

I wish I knew how she got that second picture to come out so well.  I suck at product photography and I don't doubt that it hurts sales.  She nailed it with the color, depth of focus, lighting and everything!

I'll have to make do with my Canon G10 and iPhoto.  

On the private side, I've been working on a new tool rack to help clean up some of the clutter.  I call it the Tool Tower and plan to add at least one more shelf to it, though I have two 22" disks cut just in case.

 

I'm the world's worst when it comes to making things for myself, so this has been a real challenge to stay on.  Normally, I just don't want to spend the time and money, and will "make do" with whatever I can cobble together.

Trying to get the shop more organized so it's a little more photogenic and I don't have to focus in so incredibly tight when I do snap a pic of something.  It's a herculean task, but I'm taking it one bite at a time and this Tool Tower is big step in that direction.

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Not the easiest thing to do -- split a 1" bar so you can pass through a 1" bar.

Thankfully, this hole is just so I can hang the wrench up when I'm not using it.....

 

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Sometimes the simplest appearing things are not so simple to achieve.

------------------------------------- "A True Warrior knows neither Left or Right"  Looking for a doc who can fix my allergies.. Stupid People and IED's...

Had an order that needed filled ASAP so it could be in California in time.  So, fill the thermos and cut some steel....

Hooks are very boring to make, but folks like them and that's the important part.  Next up, no idea.  

 

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Half the fun of forging bottle openers is the fact that they make great excuses to play around with different techniques.

I wasn't too happy with how this was looking....

....so I put a hole in the middle.

It pops a top and feels good in the hand.  I'll call that a win every day of the week!

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A little something fun to help organize things.  The flared finial means you can use these hooks to replace mass-produced ugly stuff on a coatrack you already have.  The idea is that the flared portion looks nice, but also hides a screw hole so you don't have to worry about it showing.  Since I can't plot the holes precisely because these are hand-forged and have some variation, the flat part lets you use one of the existing holes (maybe) and cover the second.  Make sense?  We'll see how good an idea it was when i install them in a few days!

 

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Some detail shots from a small rack I made for a local fellow.  

It's surprisingly troublesome to get those pegs lined up just right.  And if they aren't in perfect orientation with each other.... you can really see it.

Overall, a fun way to spend a few hours.  Learned a few new things, had to make up some tools to help with the job, and the customer walked away happy with his pieces.  

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Finally got another one cleaned up and presentable.  

I had to use a goodly amount of heat to try and get rid of all the bits of knight and gnome that are always cooked on the things.  The upside to that is it leaches out the 'vitriol' that's a natural part of the fangs.  Most folks don't realize that the stuff we know as vitriol, and the reason why we talk about "spewing vitriol", actually comes from our interactions with dragons way back in the day.  Early alchemists wanted a safer version of the corrosive agent, something that'd eat away at organic material only, as opposed to a dragon's vitriol eating away at your flesh and your soul.

Here you can see the heated fang glistening a bit towards the tip.  Those white spots are the vitriol turning to powder as it mixes with the air.  This is the dangerous part because you're getting full exposure to all the nastiness of a dragon.  Best leave this to the trained professionals.  

Here you can see the crazy root these Fangs have.  Makes them a real bear to get free of the skull, but we do what we can.  And, yes, that is the hole for the blood vessel or nerve to enter.

Not a razor sharp edge like you might imagine from the way bards tell the tale, but it'll certainly ruin your day.  

Stains in the enamel, likely from Troll blood.  Until someone teaches dragons about proper dental hygiene, we're stuck with what we get.

About 6" of working tooth might not seem like much, but remember it's backed up by several tons of anger and hatred just looking for an excuse!

Hopefully, I won't be called upon to hunt down any more dragons for awhile.  I don't mind doing my civic duty, but....

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Those things are frickin’ neat...

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XTCBX posted:

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Thank you.  They're tough to hunt, but it's for a good cause and at least I get to keep one or two of the teeth for mementos.

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