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Any blacksmiths here? Hobbyists?

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  1. Grant Austin

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    I expect it’s internet amateur experts who have to regurgitate the few impressive-sounding things they know about a topic. Following their hopes of getting a like, measuring their epeen or some vapid nonsense that borders on mental illness.

    ETA: I am responding to the question of why we’re talking about quenching techniques in a beginner thread.
     
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    I worked professionally as a blacksmith for 25 years. Had to retire in 2012 because of a elbow injury. Many good memories.[​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    Yup, just took a 9 week class. I'm still not a blacksmith, but i'm a blacksmith in the making.. I have a 221lbs Peter Wright Anvil, very old rivet forge with a lever bellow, belt driven., 300lbs of bituminous coal, hammers, 20 tongs or so...

    I love it, remember, the vise, your punches, and end of your tongs get VERY hot too.
     
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    This is COOL!
    What does a professional blacksmith in Norway do, mostly?
    Ornamental stuff? Restoration?
    Do you use any traditional tools?
    Need to know!!
     
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    But on the bright side...
    Burns from red hot metal don't hurt!
     
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    We did ornamentals , restoration , custom work for private and public , museums , restaurant , hotels and even cruseships. We used all the traditional tools , hammers ,tongs, different types of anvils , coal furnaces and gas. The powerhammer in the picture is an old springhammer from the 30s. The hammerhead on the machine is ca 50kg , so it is good for light to medium work. We used to have a 500kg pneumatic Beche hammer , but it it almost took down the building wen we tried it out. it forged an 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" iron bar paper thin in one blow :-D
     
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    I guess that would be useful if you had to whip up a quick propeller shaft for a cruise ship o_O
     
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    Yep :-D a monster from early 20s , lots of power , they also came in 1000 , 1500 and 2000kg
     
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    I've been a full time knifemaker since 2011 and do a little bit of forging sometimes.

    You can get into forging on a low budget, I made my forge body for $30 and used a $65 burner/regulator setup. You need a decent burner and anything to hold the kaowool in place along with the burner. Line it with satanite clay slurry for safety and to help it get up to heat. You can use something heavy and solid for an anvil, I have a chunk of rr track that is OK.

    You can also build a really nice blown forge for $200-300, I also built one of those. Look around for a good anvil...
     
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    This thread has me thinking I should list my 260lb Fontanini anvil in the classifieds. I haven’t used it in almost 5 years.
     
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    Will you ship? ;)
     
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    Had planned to be. But my great-grandfather's 200 year old anvil was stolen from my grandparents' house a few years ago and I am still livid about it.
     
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    Don't let the anvil hold anyone back. Find a steel yard or general scrap yard to source a steel block.


     
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