10/15/2022 - Punch Orders are shipping in 14-21 days as O1 steel is again in short supply.

Flintlock Combo Tools, Coal Rake and More!

Fun night in the shop last night at Water Oak Forge. Worked on forging out some hand tools but also mixed two new projects in. Started a coal rake that I will be making a handle for later in the week. Not sure how I’ll join it together but should be fun figuring out, rivers might be a plan. Also forged a little flintlo...

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Tool & Effect with Hand Punches, Chisels and Fullers

Blacksmithing hand tools tool and effect tools to make tools

It's been a rough last couple of years on my personal set of hand tools. I am rough on them, and students don't do them any favors during classes either. Although they have worked extremely well and help create thousands of items in the shop since I made the original ones when I took "Tools to Make Tools" in 2014.


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Making Tongs and the Beginner Blacksmith.

A thought on tongs for a 1st project. I offer this advice up quite often so take it however you wish. What are tongs to a blacksmith? Well, they are a tool that aids us in holding material. Tongs are usually meant to hold specific sizes and shapes of material in a specific orientation, although some variation in all these can be found. You're not gonna hold a 1/2" round stock in a pair of 1/4" flat jaw tongs very well. Tongs are the killer of the blacksmiths budget in my opinion. A few hammers can do everything we need,...

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It's been a great fall in the shop, lots of mashing steel and making friends.


This fall has been a blast. The shop has been busy with orders and people stopping by as the weather began to turn. Knives, tools and much more has been happening and it's been such a fun time.

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Hammers, Tools and even some knives to end a great March.

Blacksmithing Bottle Openers BTK Hammer tools to make tools upstate south carolina WIP


March is almost reached the end and what a crazy month it has been here in the shop. So many projects and working on getting them done. Hammers were made, several people coming through to check out the shop and even managed to get a few knives ground out. Some things may be changing here in the short-term which will bring about a reduction in time in the shop, but it should set me up better for the long-term goals as well.

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