I'm sure I'll be long dead before I even come closeNow that you have a forge.
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I will check out that page. I've been a hobbyist welder/metal worker for some time but never attempted forging. Not true forging anyway. Heated plenty of stuff with a rose bud and hammered away at it. Cant wait to get the proper regulator so I can fire it up and see what it can do.I'm a hobbyist blacksmith myself. There's a few beginner blacksmithing books out there that can get you started. Generally people start by wanting to make a knife but just remember if it isn't a high carbon steel and you properly harden and temper the blade it will not stay sharp or keep an edge....we call those blacksmith's knives aka letter openers.
I highly recommend practicing hooks, steak turners and things that improve your skills in bringing stock down and manipulating it.
I personally don't make knives and am much more a traditional blacksmith than bladesmith.
There's a great Blacksmithing For Beginners group on facebook if you use facebook.
I'll have to watch that. I doubt I've ever seen it since I was only a few years old when it came out.Anyone remember Jacob Bronowski's The Ascent of Man form the early 1970s? Great series. Still have the companion book.
Really interesting episode on metal working and includes and the making of a samurai sword. The sword making starts around 14:00 in the episode.
Shows like The Ascent of Man, NOVA, and Car Sagan specials in the 1970s had a lot to do with my becoming a scientist.