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.
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.