Recently I was awarded the Richard C. Wright; Ruel Wright Memorial Blacksmith Scholarship from the New England School of Metalwork in Auburn, ME. This allowed me to take a class of my choice in their wonderful facilities. It is a place I've been meaning to visit for quite a while and finally was given the perfect opportunity. The class was "Tools of the Trade: The Carpenter's Tool Box", taught by Med Chandler of "Ship's Coy Forge". I couldn't have chosen a better class. I learned a ton about forging woodworking tools, but more importantly met some amazing folks had the chance to see and work in the shop. The dividers specifically peaked my interested. It is a beautiful forging that really tests the basic skills of drawing out, forging multiple symmetrical piece, isolating material, forge welding, and filing to fit. Not to mention a sweet invisible rivet! I'm exciting to continue practicing what I learned. I highly recommend taking a class there if you ever get the chance: http://www.newenglandschoolofmetalwork.com/
An amazing documentary showing the workings of the historic Samuel Yellin Metalworkers Co. blacksmith shop. Blacksmiths featured include Thomas Latané and Francis Whitaker to name a few. The documentary is split into 6 ten minute parts.
Images of the fabricated fire pot, tuyere, clinker breaker, and ash dump. The last image is a Hofi style chimney as it will be oriented with the forge.
Here is a taste of designing and fabricating the fire pot and tuyere of the forge. The clinker breaker is based on a design made by a European company.
I decided enough was enough.
Time to dig in deep, grit the teeth, take the plunge, and don the respirator.
Time to look into the sun though a welding mask.
I recently finished fabricated a new coal forge and Hofi style chimney. I wont yet give away secrets as to the final results, but for now the first photo. More to come soon.