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Blacksmith Supplies – Blacksmithing Books

In the past, many people who became blacksmiths first started as an apprentice.  Those new to blacksmithing may not have a role model to follow and learn from today.  With the internet there is plenty of knowledge out there to learn how to be a blacksmith, what blacksmith supplies you need, and techniques to shape metal.  Although the internet is a great resource , including websites dedicated to blacksmithing, its always good to have a resource that has everything at the tip of your fingers.  In other words, a good blacksmithing book is very helpful when starting out in the world of blacksmithing.  A very good book for a new blacksmith is the The Backyard Blacksmith: Traditional Techniques for the Modern Smithblacksmith

Its full of good information from an experienced blacksmith and will guide you in how to correctly forge and shape metal into anything that you want.

Here is a video of the author, Lorelei Sims, teaching some blacksmith techniques.  Not sure the reason why the video is compiled the way it is but the info from Lorelei Sims is good.

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Blacksmith Supplies – Swage Block

Another tool in your blacksmith supplies that is more of a creative and artistic tool is a Swage Block.  A swage block is used by blacksmiths, artists/sculptors to form various tools such as spoons, ladles, shovels, bowls, stacks and .  When blacksmithing, the blacksmith can use a swage block like an anvil to shape metal into one of the molds in the swage block. A good site to visit to learn how to use a swage block is at

Below is a good example of how one can use a swage block to shape a ladle:

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Blacksmith Supplies – Blacksmith Leg Vise

Another arsenal in your blacksmith supplies is a blacksmith leg vise.  When buying a vise you should buy a leg vise instead of a bench vise.  A blacksmith leg vise has a “leg” that can be extended and anchored to the floor to give it strength and stability.  Most leg vises are steel (not cast iron) and are made to take the abuse of heavy hammering of metalwork while being held in the vise.  You should be able to find a blacksmith leg vise at your local flea market.  Most modern leg vises are very expensive.  When choosing a leg vise make sure that the jaws are at least 4-5 inches wide and that the jaws are not damaged and line up evenly. Because the vise has a leg it can be mounted to more locations than a regular bench vise.  You can mount a blacksmith leg vise to a tree stump, a post or a workbench. The leg vise can be used to bend iron at 90 degree angles, twisting and as a third helping hand.

Below is a short video of a Columbian blacksmith leg vise:

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