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Fire-welding

Whenever you see a photo of a blacksmith you usually see “sparks” flying out in all directions. This doesn’t happen in most forge work. It only really happens when you fire weld. Fire welding. It’s one of the best things … Continue reading

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Self-Portrait

I’d just finished off a knife and got the camera out to try to capture a self-portrait in the reflection. This was the best:  

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Fire poker made from a recycled horseshoe

I made a rather interesting fire poker from a horseshoe. The horseshoe is still very much identifiable at the handle end and the other end tapers in and then makes a diamond point.

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Recycling old horseshoes

I’ve been given a big pile of used horse shoes by a local farrier. They’re really good quality mild steel and they’re an interesting starting point for creating interesting designs, such as the horseshoe trivets.  

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Horseshoe Trivets

A local farrier dropped off a big pile of used horseshoes and I’ve been putting them to good use. Trivets are perfect as a pot stand for cooking over an open fire but they find many other uses such as … Continue reading

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More knives finished

I’ve just finished off a couple of knives that I forged a while ago and hadn’t finished off. Both are 3 fire-welded layers (mild steel around recycled car coil spring). The sheaths are hand-made with locally made vegetable (oak bark) tanned … Continue reading

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Blacksmith’s scroll tongs

For bending, unbending and correcting bends. I don’t use these very often but when you need them you really need them.

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Blacksmith’s vee tongs

Hand-made Tongs for holding medium sized (12mm to 16mm) square and round sections.

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Blacksmith’s flat bit tongs

Traditionally handmade blacksmith’s tongs for holding flat steel stock. They have a cross shaped indent in the bit to hold thin square and round stock.

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Blacksmith Tong Set

This is basic set of tongs for anyone who wants to get into blacksmithing. The set comprises of flat tongs, vee tongs and scroll tongs.

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