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Forging a Brass Cross

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Forging a Brass Cross

 When learning a skill you are on the receiving end of knowledge that has been tried and tested over the years. Lessons and techniques learned are passed along to new generations of makers who learn, practice and then improve upon the processes that provide both necessary items and beautiful art work for all to enjoy.

 

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Fire Pokers 101, Buy Wisely, Buy Better. How to Get Exactly What You Need.

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Fire Pokers 101, Buy Wisely, Buy Better. How to Get Exactly What You Need.
Let us give you some advice on how to choose a fire place tool that you will enjoy using.

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This Forging Thing, Its not for the faint of heart

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This Forging Thing, Its not for the faint of heart

We have seen more than a few folks come and go through the Forge. Some drive for a while on purpose to get here. Others find us just by hap-n-stance. Some come to see what its all about and others come with some very preconceived notions about the process and the craft.  There are exceptions to all rules but experience can certainly make some things stand out. You can tell pretty quick if someone has ever swung a hammer in their life. You can tell by the questions they ask if they have spent much time around tools and if...

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Chairs, Birthdays and Too Much Fun at Walter Forge

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Chairs, Birthdays and Too Much Fun at Walter Forge

Monkeys with tools Saturday was one of those rare days when it all comes together no matter how many wrenches the monkeys throw. Last minute changes had carefully spaced activities all happening at once. But all had patience with the hostess and the rain ceased to fall. Everyone visited and made new friends while I took care of business and made it look like I knew what I was doing. We were honored this week end to have Lenton Williams, a master hand maker and teacher at the John C Campbell school in North Carolina, here to teach chair caning...

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The Art of Black Smithing, Walter Howell of Walter Forge

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The Art of Black Smithing, Walter Howell of Walter Forge

   This is a transcript of Walter's segment for Bama Bounce TV. Enjoy! The Art of Black Smithing, Making a forged leaf hook.     The forge I'm working on is a Buffalo Forge built in the 1890's, it was originally built as a rivet forge, where both sides were high but the type work I do, long pieces and that sort of thing I had to go ahead and cut me a hole in that end and drop this end to where I could get the long stuff down on to the fire pot. It was given to me by...

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