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  1. Ben Hoover

    Forged in Fire

    Sounds like febreeze in a 50 gallon drum was in order.
  2. Ben Hoover

    Forged in Fire

    I am a complete newb. I have a partially finished lawnmower blade I started hammering.. and it is still sitting in the shed waiting, two months later, for me to pick it up again. Why? Because, in spite of how easy this is made to look on TV and Youtube, once you pick up that hammer and start swinging... you realize that all those hours and years spent by the blacksmiths and bladesmiths honing their skills, the hammer is literally an extension of their arm, and they can make those minor adjustments in swing, that correct the previous strike's slight miscalculation. You will learn very quickly how difficult it can be to planish, as well as how to hold the heat on the metal when you are hammering it. Every blow of the hammer causes not just the reaction you wanted, but others as well. You will be constantly compensating and correcting. And... it is a very addictive thing. A few on here have seen my bottle openers. And the difference between my first and my fifth was huge. You can progress and get much better. Your hammer control will get to a better level with every swing.... And you better pack a lunch, because this is NOT a sprint. It is most certainly a marathon. My admiration and awe of the bladesmiths just grew once I got to swinging my own hammer, to the point where I plan on taking several more months of just learning the blacksmith basics before I again try a blade.
  3. Ben Hoover

    Tried my second one...

    Don't have one yet. This is a process on a shoestring, but I am getting there.
  4. Ben Hoover

    Tried my second one...

    Jeremy, I didn't really think I made a big difference just between one and two, but when I sat them side by side and took a picture, then looked at it a few days later, I realized that they was a difference. Any pointers for a newb?
  5. Ben Hoover

    Tried my second one...

    Got it. I'll pick up a couple bricks this weekend and give it a go. I appreciate the guidance. I want to once again, thank you Alan and Jeremy, for your help in this issue.
  6. Ben Hoover

    Tried my second one...

    Thank you. I forge outside so carbon monoxide isn't a concern, but you destined my situation and forge spot on. So I need a blue flame?
  7. Ben Hoover

    Tried my second one...

    Will do. Thank you.
  8. Ben Hoover

    Tried my second one...

    I have a devil forge single burner gas forge.
  9. Ben Hoover

    Tried my second one...

    Scale is kicking my tail. Gotta find out how to fix that.
  10. Ben Hoover

    Tried my second one...

    Thanks Jeremy. I will continue to do so.
  11. Ben Hoover

    Tried my second one...

    So, I tried my second church key bottle opener and 1st attempt at a skull. Not nearly as bad as the first, but man do I see major problems. (It does, however, open bottles.) Any guidance or advice from the sage council? I started with half inch square mystery steel from Tractor Supply.
  12. Ben Hoover

    Anvil Stands

    Wow. Your stand is just slap full of blacksmith glitter!
  13. Ben Hoover

    Anvil weight question.

    Wound up resorting to a hacksaw. Am currently hand filing to get it to the finish. Whoever welded this was very good at their job. Here is what it currently looks like. Spending sweat equity but I'll have an anvil when done! And yes, I'm videoing it.
  14. Ben Hoover

    Anvil weight question.

    Well, whoever welded that on there was fuller of something!
  15. Ben Hoover

    Anvil weight question.

    I am hoping to have that metal turd off the anvil before I beat on the anvil. But that bar has to go.
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