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Acehardrive5

Looking for some one that is willing to show me and my son blacksmithing.

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your going to need coke {no not that kind} the kind you mix with coal and build a counter weight bellows

 

you need some anvils different saddles and sizes numerous hammers and chisels, punches you can start looking now.

 

I recall some college that had a course on blacksmithing I would even try some video courses and you need a

 

metallurgy book and a metal working and gilding and inlaying as it is all part of metal craft.

 

scrounge and build a rack of iron and steel as you can't make it and scrap is still cheap 10 bucks a hundred

 

you need bar pipe round square octagonal flat and roll stock a good smith could make barrels and some were wheelrights

 

a pipe threader and tap and die sets it is not black smithing but it is part of what we need to adapt to / with

 

spud wrenches have tapered pins that make it easy to form sockets that produce the hing pliers tongs.

 

and it would not hurt to find a foot powered grinding wheel some knife makers books have information on heat treating

 

in bone dust it is a very interesting and multifaceted work includes farrier boiler making in fact it is a cross section of so many

 

trades and professions it is a lifetime of learning and new found skills.

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Back when I was looking for anvils I found a company in San Antonio that sold them. Don't remember their name, and if I remember right is was 3 to 4 dollars a pound for the anvil. Not a clue as to what they would cost now, be careful of you go to buy one off e-bay. A lot of the Chinese ones that they were sell did not have the proper hardness on the top working surface...also the horns had a tendency to break off. That's as per the research I did at the time.

 

 

We did not use bellows for the one my room mate and I made...instead we welded a smaller pipe that we had cut in half and welded to the bottom of the larger pipe we were using as our forge...had holes drilled through the large pipe and used an old hair dryer to force air through the feed tube and into the smaller pipe. Made it a little easier for one man to work it.

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I made a few pair of farrier pliers a pair of tongs fitted some horse shoes made and tempered some leaf springs for a buggy

 

and a clevis style fence stretcher I also made a few wood block and tackles and a twisted link chain.

 

some pins clevises and hay hooks we played with in in AG shop as well as welding farm and ranch repair basic building

 

pole barns squeeze chutes things like that.

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