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Old 12-10-2016, 05:57 PM
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Default learning to forge by doing

Nothing like doing something to learn. presently in the process of building a welding cart. decided to make some hooks out of re bar to hang my helmets on.
well, the first piece that I put in the fire melted partly before I took it out. afterwards, kept a close eye on the other pieces so that they didn't melt away. there's definitely a learning curve . A question that I have is if I can do this outdoors during the winter, since it would be impossible to do in my garage because of lack of space.
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Old 12-10-2016, 06:48 PM
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Nothing like doing something to learn. presently in the process of building a welding cart. decided to make some hooks out of re bar to hang my helmets on.
well, the first piece that I put in the fire melted partly before I took it out. afterwards, kept a close eye on the other pieces so that they didn't melt away. there's definitely a learning curve . A question that I have is if I can do this outdoors during the winter, since it would be impossible to do in my garage because of lack of space.
You can do it anywhere.. Winter, summer.. etc, etc.. It becomes the question of how long can you stand it..

In warmer climates some people just use a lean to with a roof over it.. Basically open on 3 sides or even 4 sides if they choose..

I worked yesterday in the trailer and it was 20°F.. Water tube was frozen and had to pre heat the anvil before I started to work.. I spent 4 hrs out there no problem and even had to remove the insulated coveralls.. 30minutes in was sweating to much..

So, it becomes how hardy are you? Do you mind the cold? Do you regularly work outside in the cold..

Are you using a regular anvil (factory made) as these have a tendency to break when used in to cold of an environment and need to be heated to where you can place your hand on it and it feels warm.. at least the top does..

One thing you will find is.. The anvil will draw a lot of heat out of the stock which would otherwise be used for the forging process.. so on really cold days or when you are working thin stock it's usually better to wait till it is warmer or heat the anvil with a magnetic block heater....
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Old 12-10-2016, 07:54 PM
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Thanks Ms Jennifer, you've given me some helpful advice before. I really appreciate it. I was concern if the wind would have any effect on the forge. I'm pretty tolerant of the cold. In fact last night I commuted home on my motorcycle with wind chills in the 20's. just bundled myself up. As far as the anvil, my neighbor gave me his used railroad track to hammer on. so would I have to pre heat prior to hammering? What's a magnetic block heater? thanks again.
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Old 12-10-2016, 08:31 PM
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Thanks Ms Jennifer, you've given me some helpful advice before. I really appreciate it. What's a magnetic block heater? thanks again.
This is a magnetic block heater consider yourself lucky to be unfamiliar with one along with having the ability to put on tire chains or judge whether you need to based on your drive tires being sticky with snow or wet.
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Old 12-12-2016, 12:23 AM
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I keep a scrap 12 inch long piece of 1.5 inch solid square stock around for preheating my anvil. I just put it in the forge and heat it up and then lay it on the face of the anvil in between heats of the piece I'm working on for a couple cycles.
I'm using a cast steel anvil that is a very small step above mild steel, so I'm not real concerned with it breaking, but it is annoying when the anvil acts as a heat sink and cools your work off too fast.
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Thanks for whittrash for enlightening me.
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If your a reader first and a doer second, the www is your friend.

When it comes to specific titles like Smithing, there is more info out there you can copy and paste in folders till the cows come home.

The biggest kick is finding really old material in print from days long gone by in this genre and I'll tell you what, being a member here is as good as it gets with answers to questions within minutes of posting. Cannot beat these Gals and Guys in this sandbox.

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If your a reader first and a doer second, the www is your friend.

When it comes to specific titles like Smithing, there is more info out there you can copy and paste in folders till the cows come home.

The biggest kick is finding really old material in print from days long gone by in this genre and I'll tell you what, being a member here is as good as it gets with answers to questions within minutes of posting. Cannot beat these Gals and Guys in this sandbox.

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Boy, lots said there.. I too like the old books..

There is so much information on the internet now it's amazing..
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Here,s learning by doing. This Russian guy using hand air pumps and firewood,
and a bit of rail for an anvil, forging a Damascus steel knife.

And another sample of his work
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It amazes the hell out of me seeing folks do things like this with the most basic of tools. What is the white stuff and what is it's purpose?

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