What are the basic tools needed to make metal tools from white hot iron? What woods make best charcoal for forges?
- Bubba GubbinsLv 76 months ago
You'll need a forge with a bellows, an anvil, a shear, some hammers, strikers, punches, and tongs, a quenching tank, and a work table. Most modern forges use propane or acetylene as fuel, but if you want to be traditional, use anthracite coal rather than charcoal.
- RickLv 56 months ago
An anvil, an assortment of hammers some sort of heavy masonry or stone firebed and a bellows or other means for concentrating and directing airflow to increase heat. Any of the denser and heavier hardwoods will make charcoal with oak, hickory, ash hard maple and beech being among the best. Most of the smiths you encounter at re-enactments and trade fairs however, favor soft coal
- 6 months ago
Outdoor recreation includes use of quartz and feldspar in sand
to replace borax for cleaning forged products or oxidation
protection. Or using sand for flux if borax was unavailable.
Hunters would need this practice away from civilization.
Like the traps of 1840's made by Sewell Newhouse and
his paid help.