Black Flag Forge takes us from building up the coal fire to creating an S hook. The blacksmith talks about the benefits and learning curve associated with an electric blower head vs. a hand-crank blower.
The blacksmith in this video has a nice rhythm and utilizes the horn of the anvil to create the bends for his S hook. He manages to do the entire hook in one shot. That kind of speed and skill is helpful when you’re trying to create a lot of hooks to fill an order.
If you take a look at his forge setup, you notice that he has two fire bricks at the front that he can move around. My guess is that he uses those two bricks to close off his opening to build more heat. Also, check out that viking shield on the wall.
Blacksmith Harry Burdett takes us through the steps to forge a simple “S” hook in a coal forge. While this is a marketing video for Arapahoe Community College, it’s valuable for a few reasons:
- The tutorial is clear and the audio is good.
- It shows that there are still institutions teaching blacksmithing.
- It uses captions to reinforce what Mr. Burdett is saying.
Things to watch for are how the blacksmithing maintains the shape of each end of the hook and how you might correct a “mistake.” With S hooks it’s easy to bend the finished side while you’re working on the unfinished one. Fixing little bends like this is a common part of blacksmithing.
So you’re starting to get the hang of forging hooks at this point and want to branch out a little. This leaf hook tutorial is a simple, great way to do that. This technique is presented by Steven Bailey at Lakeside Forge, a member of the Ocmulgee Blacksmith Guild down in Georgia.
The sounds may be a little off, but the music is good. If you watch the technique you’ll pick up a few things.
This short video is particularly interesting because the blacksmith, Timothy Charles, is forging the hook on a very long piece of railroad track tapered into a horn at one end. It’s an excellent example of using DIY ingenuity when genuine anvils may be scarce or too expensive.
You can see similar techniques to this video: drawing out, tapering, and scrolling. Practicing these basic skills on small projects like this eventually leads to blacksmithing mastery.