Portable Blacksmith Forge Cart

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I’ve started building a portable forge cart. I have a really nice smithy with a brick and cast iron forge but needed a portable forge for demonstrations. The cart is built around a couple old-style iron wheelbarrow wheels a friend gave me. I am forging all the hardware. The forge proper is going to be a clay lined sheet metal pan with a hand-cranked blower another friend found for me (nothing like friends!). I plan to add a small toolbox to the front of the cart. Hope it has a real “old-timey” look!

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October 2014

Pretty much finished. I have used it at a couple demos. Works great! Only problem is that the vise is a little “shaky”!

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Blacksmith and Gunsmith shops

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Here are a couple pictures of the blacksmith shop and gunsmith shop at the Museum of Appalachia in Clinton, TN. The blacksmith shop is a working shop but the smith was not there the day we visited. Nice shop with a stone forge blown by a nice bellows. I could work there!

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The gunsmith shop is a non-working display but has a lot of nicely preserved tools, parts and guns in various stages of completion. The highlights of the shop, however, are the barrel boring and rifling machines. Obviously smith-made, they were a real treat to see.

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New favorite forging hammer

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Found a new forging hammer at the Hillsville Memorial Day flea market. It’s a no-name square face hammer of about 3 pounds. Used it a couple times and so far I really like it. I still need to polish the face and pein and reshape the handle to my liking.

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Grandad’s Anvil

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I recently inheirited my great-grand father McClellen Johnson’s 100 pound Mousehole anvil. I have reason to believe it may have belonged to his father, Miles, before Mac acquired it.

The anvil has not been forged on for 75 years. This morning I cleaned it up: wire brush and linseed oil on the body and 120 grit flapper disc on the top and horn. I have decided to make it the main anvil in my shop.

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Fire in the makin’

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Forged a small fire steel from a hay rake tooth. I think it throws sparks better than any I have made. I put it in an Altoids-type tin along with some char cloth (tinder), jute twine (kindling) and a piece of flint. I’ve got some pictures of me starting a fire with flint and steel somewhere…if I can find them I will post them later.

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Forge-welded trivets

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Me demonstrating at New River Forge Council meeting.

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