Useful and/or Interesting Blacksmithing Links
Checked and updated 12/1/11 -CW
In no particular order:
How to Properly Use an Anvil
AngloSaxon and Viking Ironworking
- lots of truth, some mistakes
Blacksmith's Journal Archives
- poke around for lots of inspiration
- books for direction and inspiration
Claying a forge
- Some whys and why nots
The Metal Web News Blacksmith Page
- More inspiration and some tool tips
Tongs to make Tongs
- A Gift from God
New England Blacksmiths
- The local organization. Some good tips and tricks
[ABANA] The Artist Blacksmith's Association of North America, Inc.
- The national organization "Forging Excellence Since 1973"
iForge (Interactive Forge) Stepbystep Blacksmith Projects
- Lots of Projects here
SwageBlocks.com Special anvils for repousse, artist blacksmiths and armorers
- Swage or Swedge Blocks, Hollow Anvils, Armourer's Maids
- More cool stuff to look at
Stuff at I Forge Iron
- Ideas and Inspiration
- Forge welding tips (specifically for a gas forge, but some interesting tips nonetheless)
W.K. Fine Tools
- Bunches of way cool stuff about... TOOLS
The Davistown Museum:
An Archaeology of Tools
- PDFs with links to pictures of all manner of implements
keenjunk.com - Blacksmith's Journal Techniques
- From the 'Internet Archive'. Some cool stuff and slick ideas.
THE BASICS OF BLOOMERY SMELTING
- anvil's ring iron smelting article
Tap Drill Sizes
- A table of drill sizes for most taps.
YouTube - Forge Welding - 1904
- Watch the guy in the background just above the fire before they move the ring.
Welding the Big Ring!!
- The longer version.
Jugs Puzzle Page
- A non-smithing time suck but probably good for your brain.
Blacksmith's Elbow - The Celtic Knot
- Worth knowing
Surgical Scrub Brush
- These work surprisingly well on smith-dirt
YouTube - Blacksmithing Forge-welding a branch
- Forge-welding - lap and faggot welds. Read the comments too.
Craft of a bygone era keeps the T rolling
- Boston-Area Union Smiths
- Written for the beginner, this series of pages on fire detail all the skills needed to master the use of the blacksmith's coal fire. [so sayeth the author, and I think he's mostly right. -cw]
Mark Aspery's site
The man knows his stuff.
[ABANA] Controlled Hand Forging
- Lots of good stuff about learning to control your work
The Whiteboard, a vaguely paintball webcomic by "Doc" Nickel
- A bit of humor
Aluminum Alloys Continued
- Of interest to those who want to fold-form aluminum
Diehl Steel - 0-1 Oil Hardening Tool Steel
- Lots of info about alloys
- This is Forgemaster's set of links to good info. (A meta-link)
- Junkyard Steel - What is it?
- The Blacksmiths' Guild of the Potomac
High Temperature Tools & Refractory
- Lots of equipment and materials for knifemakers and builders of propane forges.
Basics of Gray Iron Casting Design: 10 Rules for Engineered Quality. - Free Online Library
- About casting, but interesting anyway.
Florida Artist Blacksmith Association - Newsletters
- Years of good stuff!
Examining the finer points of 6010, 6011, and 7018 - TheFabricator
- From a guy who seems to know
YouTube - Stone Cold to White Hot
- Putting energy into the work with the hammer!
YouTube - Forging Animal Heads with Bill Epps
- Another approach
8.4.1 Plain Carbon Steels
- This page has at least as much information about iron and carbon as you are ever likely to need as a blacksmith.
More to come. It's an ongoing quest.
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