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Blacksmithing, anyone?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by armywalaby, Apr 29, 2009.

  1. I recently started working with this blacksmith who makes little knick knacks and sells them at the pioneer days and other re-enactment festivals and the like. It's good work...leaves me physically tired and with the feeling I actually did something.

    Anyway, I was gonna see what the smithing population was like on here; anyone else? Anything I should know for just starting out?
  2. Hi.

    Congrats, a cool hobby.

    I've done some when I was younger, but not lately.

    A good read IMHO is "The Art Of Blacksmithing" by Alex W. Bealer, ISBN 0-7858-0395-5

    One thing to remember is to let the hammer/anvil do the work. If just aimlessly pounding with force, You'll tire up really quickly. And You can develope several painful conditions to your hands and upper torso. Something You DON'T want as a bass player. As a matter of a fact, You don't want them whether you play or not.

    Other thing to remember is that using modern machines for the prep work isn't cheating, the old blacksmiths woud've used them too, had those been available to them ;).

  3. Joe Gress

    Joe Gress

    Dec 22, 2005
    Pueblo, CO

    Why not?
  4. NJL


    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
  5. Joe Gress

    Joe Gress

    Dec 22, 2005
    Pueblo, CO
  6. machine gewehr

    machine gewehr

    Sep 17, 2005
  7. I'd love to be a blacksmith, I'm sure it would be rewarding to be able to see what you've been working for. I'd also love to be able to make my own knife/axe/tools.
  8. I have always wanted to give it a shot. Never had the time though
  9. Absentia


    Feb 25, 2009
    My gnome warrior is 375 blacksmithing....:bag:
  10. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    I think some of my relatives.....from the 1700's....were really into this. Not sure, since they've all been dead......for over 300 years.


  11. MakiSupaStar

    MakiSupaStar The Lowdown Diggler

    Apr 12, 2006
    Huntington Beach, CA
    I would make swords that glow around orcs and rings that turn you invisible. I mean that's just me.
  12. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
    HPF Technology LLC
    I just have my orcs make my swords for me. They are cheap and expendable.
  13. Kenbuntu


    Jun 6, 2005
    so what materials do you all use for your swords?
  14. Jimmy Bones

    Jimmy Bones

    Feb 24, 2009
    Baxley, GA
    I've always been interested in workign wrought iron and pewter.

    I wanna make pewter flagons and iron bed frames.
  15. machine gewehr

    machine gewehr

    Sep 17, 2005
    [Cpt. Obvious]


    [/Cpt. Obvious]
  16. Kenbuntu


    Jun 6, 2005
    Duh what kind of metals. you noob!:D
  17. meandi


    Aug 5, 2007

    For larger blades, 5160 is a popular choice, basically spring steel.
  18. excane

    excane Banned

    Aug 23, 2005
    New York, NY
    When you see a piece of steel glowing a fiery, molten orange.......don't touch it.
  19. excane

    excane Banned

    Aug 23, 2005
    New York, NY
  20. Joe Gress

    Joe Gress

    Dec 22, 2005
    Pueblo, CO
    Your time of month too? Here:

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