Showing posts with label blacksmithing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label blacksmithing. Show all posts

Saturday, November 10, 2018

A Forged Bear For My Future Gates

So when I first built this place I installed a couple of wood gates at the entrance, hung on two 8' X 8" drill pipes sunk into and filled with concrete. They served there purpose of keeping scroungers off the build site, while I was still living off site. Shortly after I moved in I left them unlocked one day, a strong wind blew up and pulled them off their hinges. Rather than reinstall them I brought them up to the house and installed them as a wind break and snow fence alongside the turn around area.

So as you can see in the picture above the posts are still there, waiting for a new set of gates. The plan is two bend up two large, shaped frames to which will be attached verticals every 6 or 8". Adornment will be in the form of forged wildlife shapes common to this area, attached to the verticals and peaking around corners. A nice idea but I am not getting any younger.

So below is a nice step-by-step plan for forging up a bears head, perfect for my gate idea, I have a number of other plans for forging other animal shapes. Mark Aspery is the author, a blacksmithing instructor, he forged this bear head while attending an instruction class at a school in North Carolina.

An Easy Guillotine Tool

Guillotine tools are very useful helpers for the smith who works alone. A good one will cut your time in shaping and cut-off operations depending on your selection of dies. Dies are easy to make, so it's a simple matter to have a good selection on hand to suit the type of work you are doing.

I have seen many ideas for making guillotines around the web over the years, some are more complicated to make than others. Many have probably seen the one I am posting today before, it has made it's rounds on the web. It is one of the easiest I have seen to build, a few workshop scraps and some welding is all you need. A small price for the huge help this tool can be.

The plan was originally published in ABANA's "Hammer's Blow" newsletter. I got this copy from the "Saltfork Craftsman" newsletter of August 2005.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

The Basics Of Tinsmithing And Blacksmithing-Part 2

So here is the second part of the "Back To Basics" article on tinsmithing and blacksmithing for the self-sufficient crafts person. In this section are a few practical blacksmith projects that will teach the basics and inspire the blacksmithing novice to expand on his skills.

So the forecast for the next 3 or 4 days is well below normal as far as temperature goes, but the sun is finally going to break out, so I'm going to spent some time soaking up some vitamin D. Check back Sunday for a few woodworking projects.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The Basics Of Tinsmithing And Blacksmithing-Part 1

I have uploaded some books on tinsmithing and many on blacksmithing, Here is an article on the basics of both crafts.

"Back To Basics" published by Readers Digest in 1981, was very popular subject matter, back in the early 80's. It went through nine printings by 1989. It is a large sized hardcover of almost 500 pages. For the person seeking a slower, quieter, rural lifestyle it is an indispensable resource. Many aspects of a rural, self-sufficient life style, are covered. Acquiring and building on your own land, energy-wood,water, wind, and sun, growing your own veggies and raising livestock, preserving and storage, required skills and crafts, and even recreation are covered. With the large numbers printed,  this great read is quite common in the used market, for someone desiring a hard copy.

Among the crafts covered are woodworking and smithing. The tinsmithing and blacksmithing section are of the greatest interest to me. It is a good basic starting point for anyone who would like to learn these skills. After a clear explanation of the processes, the article takes you through a handful of practical projects that will get you started in the blacksmithing craft.

The article is too many pages for one post, so here is the first part. I'll try to get the second part up a little later.

So for fuel, short sessions on light work can be done with convenient lump charcoal. If your going to do long sessions, on heavy work, coal is a better way to go. Unfortunately coal can be hard to source today, depending on your location. A cleaner and much more convenient way to go is propane, but the investment will be higher. I am hoping to include a propane forge build, in the coming year. You might want to watch someone build one, before you try one out.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Blacksmithing Instruction

So while we are in the smithy here are a couple of books I converted to pdf from my word files a while back.

The first one "Blacksmithing-A Manual For School And Shop" by Selvage And Allton is an excellent instructional manual, with clear step by step instructions for 48 smithing operations,heating work, fullering, forging tool steel etc. The second section deals with information on the shop and equipment of the smithy, and the last section has tables useful for the smith. Published by The Manual Arts Press in 1925, this is a nice clean copy.

To download click Blacksmithing-A Manual For School And Shop. 3 MB - pdf

The second book is "Blacksmithing" by James M. Drew, published in 1947 by The Webb Publishing Company. If the wide availability of this one on line is any indication, this one is a classic. The emphasis is on farm work and in the process covers a wide variety of smithing work.

To download this clean small manual click Blacksmithing - Drew. 3 MB - pdf