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.