Banging Some Metal

Just a few pics of some things I’ve been working on in the shop. Starting with a piece of A36. Not ideal for a knife at all because of its low carbon content (aka it won’t harden/temper properly) but it gives me some practice on shaping. Reducing the edge down. Forging the tip. Looking more like a knife. The spine. Here’s one that’s finished. It’s made out of an old farrier’s rasp with an oak handle and brass pins. Before and after. Overall I’m pretty happy with the the rasp knife came out, especially since it’s the first knife I’ve …

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Some Forge Work

Since I have the shop setup I’ve been trying to get out there daily for a least an hour and work on *something*…Some days it happens and some days it doesn’t. Here’s a few pics of what I’ve been working on. This is the initial drawing out of the original round bar stock. It started off as 3/4in round. After sanding and shaping. Brought up to non-magnetic heat and then quenched in canola oil. Tomorrow I’ll draw some of the hardness out by tempering so it won’t shatter when I try to use it. After that, if I’ve done everything …

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I Have A Maker’s Mark!

I’ve gotten fairly serious about blacksmithing and knifemaking in the last several months. So much so that I decided I wanted a way to mark the things I make. On the recommendation of a designer who’s blog I read, I contacted Josh Ford and he worked with me to get the mark I was looking for. Here’s what he came up with based on my input. Definitely digging it! Keep an eye out for more posts about this and check out my instagram since I post a lot of shop pics there. In the coming months I’ll get this design …

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A Picture Post

This is my new workshop. I haven’t been this excited about something in a *really* long time! I’m waiting for the builder to do a few final things and then I can move in and start setting up. The two windows together were an addon so my mom could setup her art studio…From what I can gather she’s pretty excited about it too 🙂 Footers dug out More after the jump

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I Made This!

So it’s been a while since I posted anything here but in the last several months I’ve picked up a new hobby, Blacksmithing. I did a bit of metal work when I was in the SCA and I always really enjoyed it. I didn’t realize a the time how much I enjoyed to be honest. Since I own my home and have land I figured now was the perfect time to give it a whirl. After purchasing all the necessary tools (and some non-necessary tools) the last couple of months have consisted of me failing to make anything remotely resembling …

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