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.

| February/March 2000

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Blacksmith working.
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John Vivian shares a guide to mastering the art of metalworking. 

The Village Blacksmith (redacted)

Under a spreading chestnut tree
The village smithy stands;
The smith, a mighty man is he,
With large and sinewy hands;
. . .

Week in, week out, from morn till night,
You can hear his bellows blow;
You can hear him swing his heavy sledge,
With measured beat and slow, . . .



Thus at the flaming forge of life
Our fortunes must be wrought;
Thus on its sounding anvil shaped
Each burning deed and thought!
 

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 

jennyross
9/12/2013 6:30:06 AM

Nice Article.. Will Surely Share It, I Love The Poem In Beginning Of The Post :) http://www.bipico.com are a kind of inebriety !







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