You can purchase forges with one or more burners (ports for
the gas and flame) or build your own. Plus, fuel prices are quite
cheap at the time of this writing, and a single 20-pound propane tank will last in my two-burner forge for about ten continuous hours. Pieh Tool Company sells some inexpensive forges
that work well, and I have heard good things about ForgeMas-ter brand forges. There are lots of reviews online, and I definitely recommend you look. You will learn a lot of terminology in
your search along with the pros and cons of different features.
If you intend to do this for a long time, you will collect many
different hammers. I must have forty different hammers, most
of which serve some unique purpose. That said, I have two
main hammers that I use on every project. Focus initially on
finding one or two blacksmith hammers that are your primary
tools, and then add the rest later. Do not use a claw hammer.
The face is too small, and it is quite light for the forge.
My favorite hammer is a Hofi-style cross-peen hammer that I
purchased from BigBluHammer.com. My second hammer is a
rounding hammer (flat on one side and a gradual round on the
other). The size depends on the age and strength of the person.
If the person working with the hammer is pretty athletic, then
I would recommend starting with a 2- to 3-pound hammer,
aiming for lighter if you aren’t sure. Keep in mind that a typical
claw hammer from the home improvement store is one pound.
Finally, your anvil needs to be good, but not expensive. My
favorite anvils that I own were produced shortly after the
Civil War, so they last a long time. You will have an easier time
finding anvils on America’s East Coast, but they can be found in
the West if you are patient. To get started, though, you can use a
piece of railroad track. The weight is acceptable, and the steel is
perfect for an anvil. Use that while you track down a better (and
Soon you’ll be looking for tongs (you can make these as you
improve), more hammers, and tools to help you form, cut,
bend, and twist the steel. Don’t wait until you have everything
to start, though. Get the basics and begin!
Assuming you were successful in getting the basic tools,
you need to get your student working at the forge. Here are
some safety reminders:
* Remind your student that red metal means it’s hot. Black
metal means it still might be hot. Set the restriction that your
student should not pick up any metal that has been worked
without clearing it with the adult in the room first.
* Wear eye protection, long sleeves, and clothing made from
natural fibers. No synthetics.
* No open-toed shoes.