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Blacksmiths Slate

When making something to a specific size, you often have to follow a pattern. But a normal paper pattern will catch on fire. So you need a slate. Any piece of rusty sheet metal 10-12″ a side will work for … Continue reading

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Thibault on Reach with Shoulder vs Wrist Cuts

In this illustration from Thibault (chapter 1, figure F) you can see the difference in reach between a wrist cut and a cut from the shoulder.

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Class Outline for Sunday, Jan 6

This is a tentative outline. Due to the rain, we may have to cancel tomorrow’s class. 2 PM: Directed Sparring April it out of town, so in lieu we’ll have some light sparring to get the blood pumping. Intensity will … Continue reading

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Class Outline for Sunday, Dec 16

I’ve been asked that we offer more structure to our classes. With that in mind, I’ve prepared a formal lesson plan for tomorrow. Participation in this lesson plan is optional. There will be four sections, and you are welcome attend … Continue reading

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Coppersmithing a Coaster Part 2

Same 3 1/2″ starting disk. This time I used a 3″ steel round, 3″ high, as the form. I trued it up in a lathe and then used a file to put a radius on the corner. The radius is … Continue reading

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Coppersmithing a Coaster Part 1

Started with a 3.5″ disk. Started the bend with a bending tool (think metal bar with a slot), then cold forged it over a wood form to 2 7/8″ inside diameter. In theory the edges are thicker than the base … Continue reading

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Super Quench Formula for Mild Steel

This is used to harden mild steel (up to 45-50 points of carbon) by rapidly quenching it. We use it for ad hoc tools. This will not work for hot cuts, as the thin edge will temper quickly and lose … Continue reading

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