The Forge: Master the Ancient Art of Metalworking

John Vivian's guide to mastering the ancient art of metalworking takes you from basic tools to working with metals as various as bronze and high-carbon steel. Our guide will have you metalsmithing in no time.



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The most romantic aspect of metalworking is the forge, leather apron and clang of hammer on anvil.
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The most romantic aspect of metalworking is the forge, leather apron and clang of hammer on anvil.
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The most romantic aspect of metalworking is the forge, leather apron and clang of hammer on anvil.
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The most romantic aspect of metalworking is the forge, leather apron and clang of hammer on anvil.
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The most romantic aspect of metalworking is the forge, leather apron and clang of hammer on anvil.
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The most romantic aspect of metalworking is the forge, leather apron and clang of hammer on anvil.
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1. DRILL ATTACHMENT HOLES IN BLADE Enlarge existing holes at blade ends to 3/16"" and drill or punch two more 3/16""' holes 1/2"" in from first holes
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The most romantic aspect of metalworking is the forge, leather apron and clang of hammer on anvil.
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3.HEAT AND BEND BLADE Place blade in vise. With propane torch, heat blade at marks and with pliers bend into topped-""Y"" hoe shape as indicated. (See figure 5 for final shape.)
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2. MARK BLADE FOR BENDING Mark blade at 1"" and 4"" from each end.
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4. PREPARE HANDLE Plane or rasp tool end of handle to a narrower 1/2"" diameter. With wood saw, make a 1"" slit in end of handle. With drill and 3/16"" bit, drill through handle to match holes in end of blade.
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5. FASTEN BLADE TO HANDLE Fill slit in handle with epoxy cement. Insert ends of blade. Insert machine screws through holes in handle and blade. Tighten.
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6. FRICTION-WELD FASTENERS Weld nut to screw by grinding down end of screw on a rotary grinder. Grind screwhead and nut round and smooth.
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Blacksmith working.
Blacksmith working.
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