Suffolk Latch Install

Below is an installation guide for the Suffolk latch set I sell on my Etsy shop. Every door is different, so these instructions are only a guide. I suggest someone with some handyman/handywoman experience install the latch. The thumb latch must go on the side of the door which opens away from you, and the... Continue Reading →

Blacksmith Literature

Blacksmithing is a trade which was replaced so quickly in the rapid industrial revolution that it almost seems to have been frozen in time. The tools and methods used by modern day blacksmiths are not much different from 150 years ago. And so, educational literature from decades ago is still just as useful for today's... Continue Reading →

Forging a Wall Hook Rack

Here is a good forging project for any blacksmith. It is a wall hook rack. It can be used to hang clothes, coats, or whatever. For the project I used a 20″ length of 1 3/8″ x 1/4″ flat bar for the backing, and 4 pieces of 1″ x 1/4″ flat bar each cut at... Continue Reading →

Forging a Leaf Hook

Here is a way to forge a leaf hook. These are quite popular, and can be made successfully with some practice. I start with some 3/8″ round bar cut to 9″. After heating up the bar, make a small square taper at one end of the bar. This will be the tip of the leaf.... Continue Reading →

The Perfect Forging Hammer

Forging iron requires hard hitting and good hammer control. Having a well designed and efficient hammer is essential if you want to produce good work and last the entire day without your arm becoming too tired and/or sore. The weight of the hammer head, the shape of the hammer head, and the shape of the... Continue Reading →

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