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These lessons are designed for someone who has an interest in becoming a hobbyist blacksmith. They are designed to help someone who has decent skills with their hands, but little in the way of financial resources. We realize that buying all new tools and equipment would be a substantial outlay of money (in excess of $10,000 US at this writing), and that many people who would like to become a blacksmith may be students or have limited budgets for a project like this. These lessons should help if you are in this category.
Please DO NOT skip the safety lessons and parts in each lesson.
Blacksmithing is a dangerous craft, and we can only offer these lessons for study. We are not in any way liable for their content or the use or misuse of the information contained. You proceed at your own risk.Lesson 1 - Absolute Basics
Ok, we talked about this very primitive forge in previous posts, and here is the “how to” article to build your own bucket forge. Just so this is very clear, this is not going to be a really incredible forge, and it probably won't be very pretty, but it is simple and dirt cheap (that's a joke son, a joke... it will become apparent in a bit).