My first try at blacksmithing

Today I started my hand at blacksmithing. A friend came over and we pretended we knew what we where doing. It was an absolute blast!

We used up two 10 lbs bags of charcoal, and made a railroad spike knife, a bit of a trivet, and some coat hooks. I only got burned maybe 3-4 times and only have one bad blister raised on the back of my hand at the moment.

The forge is made out of an old burnt out gas grill that I lined with some bricks. I used a leaf blower as the forge blower. The anvil is some random scrap of busted up metal casting that we made a post for. The anvil could be a good bit better, but it worked well enough for our first attempt.

We even cooked our steak lunch on the forge fire – I figured it was already lit and hot, so why not!.

Blacksmith forge from gas grill and recycled bricks

I made a natural lump charcoal forge tonight out of an old gas grill. I lined it with recycled bricks. The blower is a leaf blower.

Bricks lining a burnt out gas grill to make a blacksmith forge. The holey bricks on the bottom allow air to come up.
Bricks lining a burnt out gas grill to make a blacksmith forge. The holey bricks on the bottom allow air to come up.
I put in just a little bit of natural lump charcoal to test it tonight.
I put in just a little bit of natural lump charcoal to test it tonight.
Testing the forge with a small piece of metal
Testing the forge with a small piece of metal
Turning the flash off on the camera, and you can see the warm glow of the forge fire
Turning the flash off on the camera, and you can see the warm glow of the forge fire
The forge works, it heats metal up until it glows!
The forge works, it heats metal up until it glows!
Using a leaf blower underneith pushing air up through the bricks to provide extra oxygen to the fire really heats things up!
Using a leaf blower underneith pushing air up through the bricks to provide extra oxygen to the fire really heats things up!
See, with the blower, the fire gets hotter. Look at that metal glow!
See, with the blower, the fire gets hotter. Look at that metal glow!
I am not sure how long the bricks will last - they are glowing brightly as well.
I am not sure how long the bricks will last - they are glowing brightly as well.
I only tried banging on the metal with a hammer for 3 heatings.
I only tried banging on the metal with a hammer for 3 heatings.

Thus begins my journey into the world of blacksmithing. Yet another hobby for me!

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