Tin Can Rose

This is one of my favorite projects that I have ever made. I did a full post on how to make them. I would love to hear what you think.   Why give a rose that is going to die in a week when you could go all out and make an everlasting one?! I’ve seen metal roses in the past and always thought it was a good idea. So this is my take on them. You are more than welcome to ask me any questions, and I will answer them as best as I can. And I would be honored to have your vote in the contests that this rose is in.   Here’s the link....

My Celtic Knife

This is one of my favorite things to forge. They are easy to make and every one is a little bit different. I’ll put out a video on how to make them some time soon.  

Materials

So once you have the tools, you’ll need materials to build things. And sadly, wood (even though it does grow on trees) is expensive. There are many ways to acquire supplies. One really good place, if you have one, is a Restore, or Habitat for Humanity. It’s just a big warehouse with all sorts of old things that no one wants. Lets say you need to build some shelves for your shop. You could go and buy something from a home improvement store. Or you could walk in to the Restore pick up a bag of nails, a few pine boards, and a couple angle braces for under $30 and make 3 shelves! You can find almost everything you need there. Here’s a list of a few things they normally have: wood, PVC, hardware, nails, screws, windows, doors, tables, and sometimes...

Finding Good Deals

So one thing that I know is a big deal for anyone is expenses. Because tools can get expensive!  All of my tools I buy used; you do not have to buy anything new as far as tools go. There are lots of ways to do this: I like to go to antique stores, thrift stores, and garage sales are always a good thing to stop in to. But some things to look for in power tools – you can find some really good deals on them. The picture below is a belt sander that I bought at a garage sale for $5 and it has been working now for two years without a problem. I got all of my hammers from places like this. I would say that the start up cost for all of the tools that I have bought would be around $75, not counting my anvil and post vise. So you can see my point: buy used, save the...

My Blacksmithing Setup

Hello everyone! I apologize for taking so long to post anything new, but things have been very busy for me. This is a video of my blacksmithing setup. Some people might expect me to have some fancy shop and power hammers. But like most guys starting off, I have a little spot in our yard that is for my blacksmithing, and this video goes over some the tools and things I use. I am by no means a photographer of any kind, so I hope that everyone likes this video.