An introduction

Blacksmithing

Hello all. I've been a member on the site for some time now but have been largely inactive due to lack of studio space. I've found that doing metalwork (even small projects) while living in an apartment is an excellent way to alienate neighbors and irritate one's landlord.

Fortunately all of that is behind me. I now have a 600 sq foot shop and am in the process of tooling up. Within the last three months I've put together a modest forge and have been experimenting with traditional forge techniques.

I've been working on typical "apprentice" level projects like bottle openers, s hooks and the like trying to build up basic skills and have just recently started branching out into larger more expressive work.

I am looking forward to improving my toolsmithing skills as I build my shop up and would like to get into larger sculpture and/or architectural pieces.


Rich Waugh's picture

Welcome to ArtMetal, Allen!

Welcome to ArtMetal, Allen! This is a great place to pick up a wide variety of information on metal working as I'm sure you're already discovering.

I'll be interested to see what you come up with on the toolsmithing - that is one of favorite functions. I'd rather be making tools than working on commissions, I think, though the commissions pay better. (grin) The satisfaction of using a tool that you have forged or fabricated yourself is worth more than the value of the tool itself, I feel.

I'm looking forward to seeing your work.

Rich Waugh
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