Supplies List

Blacksmithing Supplies List

[This supplies list is meant to be gone through with your homeschooler.]

Here are the 9 essential pieces of equipment you will need to blacksmith at home:

  1. Forge - This course uses gas forges exclusively, but coal is also an option.
    1. I provide suggestions for good brands that are user-friendly in the course.
    2. I also detail why I use gas vs. coal after learning the ropes on coal forges.
    3. Two good options:
      1. Majestic Forge Two Burner Knife Maker Economy Forge
      2. Atlas Knife Maker Forge
  2. Anvil - We'll take the mystery out of how to use them and where to get one.
    1. I recommend NC Tool Company's 70 lb. anvils and Atlas Knife and Tool's Atlas anvils.
  3. Hammer - The key with hammers is to find one that is comfortable to swing for long periods. We're thinking more 1.5 lbs. - 3 lbs. rather than an 8 lbs. sledge hammer.
  4. Tongs - We need something to grip onto the hot metal to safely control it while hammer.
  5. Metal - You and your child will be working with steel exclusively in this course. We will cover what type of steel and where to purchase it.
  6. Gloves - Leather gloves that fit well. Wells-Lamont is a solid, well-known brand. Avoid Mechanix or similar gloves with synthetic, stretchy fabric. This is more likely to melt.
  7. Clothes made with all natural fibers - Cotton, denim, canvas, linen, leather. Like the gloves, we want to avoid any synthetic fabric that will melt. I wear canvas work pants, leather boots, and cotton shirts in my shop.
  8. Eye protection - Clear safety glasses that are sized to fit your child are essential.
  9. Ear protection - I like earmuffs, personally. My top choice is 3M Pro Grade Earmuffs rated up to 30 decibels (dB).

Helpful Items to Consider:

To make things easier on your backs, I recommend building or purchasing stands for your anvil and forge.

At a minimum this will get them up off of the ground.

I provide a step-by-step guide on anvil stands later in the course.

Where to Forge

Basic fire precautions should be taken when you select your forging space.

Blacksmithing shops can look like any of the spaces below:

  • A section of the garage with a concrete floor.
    • The forge should have a minimum of 36 inches distance between it and the wall.
    • The garage should also be well-ventilated.
    • This can be an open window opposite the open garage door with a fan moving air around.
  • Under a shady tree in the yard.
    • This classic blacksmithing spot is great for ventilation, but tricky in bad weather.
    • Your forging area should be clear of flammable materials. This includes grasses and shrubs if you live in dry climates.
    • I like to lay down a bed of gravel as a fireproof floor. It's also easier on your feet, knees, and back over time as you stand and forge.
  • An area of a barn or shed.
    • The same rules of the garage apply, but you reduce your risk of a potential fire affecting the rest of the house since the barn or shed are detached.

If you're ready, let's learn more about Anvils!

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