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Essentials of Blacksmithing

Essentials of Blacksmithing

Blacksmithing is the art of forming iron into a desired shape. The following video gives some of the basics about the art.

About 35 years ago, I knew a fellow who was a blacksmith. It took him a while to develop his skill, but once he had mastered it, he had work backed up for months. He made wrought iron railings, hinges, square nails for restoration projects and many other things. He also made weathervanes. In SHTF scenarios, a blacksmith in your community will be very needed.

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Shorty Dawkins


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  1. I used to shoe horses. Never got to be a real master with blacksmithing, but know one who was/is. He made knives, swords, etc and not a hammer mark to be seen – all by hand. Older now and his hammer strokes are still pretty precise, just takes a bit longer to create, but well worth the wait as it will be one of a kind. He is totally an artist at what he does, but his stuff is still useful. But still have all my equipment, and my supplies to build my own shoes, and a few other things. As I said, never got to be that good myself, but really appreciate his, and others, work.

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