forging iron

Discussion in 'Shop Talk' started by superduperchickenman, Dec 2, 2004.

  1. superduperchickenman

    superduperchickenman Well-Known Member

    May 14, 2003
    any tips or tricks? web pages? what does "hand forged" really mean?
  2. Ken Scharabok

    Ken Scharabok In Remembrance

    May 11, 2002
    Wow, what an open question.

    Basically you are talking blacksmithing, and it is still an alive and active craft and business in the U.S.

    The national group is the Artist-Blacksmith Association of North American (ABANA). Web site is On it you can find a number of resources. For example, there are about 60 or so active blacksmithing clubs (or whatever) around the U.S. There are a fair number of schools which offer courses in blacksmithing from beginner to advanced. Several of the groups hold conferences with demonstrators in various aspects of blacksmithing.

    Also check out

    eBay has been a great asset in that it now provides a ready source of tooling. Just do a search on blacksmith.

    Hand forged generally means just that, forged by hand on an anvil. Some broaden it to include powerhammer work. Would generally not include drop forge work.

    Ken Scharabok