The New Old Forge

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The forge. This is the heart of a blacksmith shop, where the steel is heated until it arrives at a semi-molten clay-like consistency. At this point, the blacksmith takes the now hot steel out of the fire and squeezes and bends it into the desired shape.  As it turns out, not all forges are the same, there are gas forges that …

The Lathe

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Being a blacksmith is not always about forging really cool things, sometimes (actually most of the time) you have to be able to wear multiple different hats at the drop of a hat! This past week I set the time aside to go through and give a freshen up to the lathe. The Lathe is not a lead role in …

Splitting Mauls

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I love making tools! Fun to build and rewarding when you get to use your own, hand-crafted tools. With the design and test-runs figured out, Forgeworks was in the shop making a couple 10 lb, hand forged splitting mauls. These are big, heavy mauls!! We used top quality 4140 steel and hand carved the handle from hickory wood to fit …

Reramping the Forge

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Here at Forgeworks we use a gas forge to heat our steel up to around 2400 F. The forge is the heart of a blacksmith shop and so when it goes down, its like a stroke to the human body. Last week we had a serious stroke and we needed to do some big open heart surgery on our forge …

Tools Tools Tools for the Fly Press

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Being a blacksmith puts you into a very unique position. Almost all tools are made out of steel, which is the material we work with, so instead of picking up your new favorite tool from your local tool supplier, and setting to work with it. We instead make all our own tools ourselves, since you can’t really buy blacksmithing tools too readily these …