In days of yore, blacksmiths forged horseshoes, ploughs, knives, and other important iron and steel tools, making this tradesman one of the most important members of a village. In present day, working iron is more of a hobby than a necessity of life, but you can still use a blacksmith forge to create unique tools and works of art. Whether you are a budding metalwork artist or a modern homesteader, you can do a lot with even a small forge. Blacksmith forges need lots of heat, which means they need fuel and air circulation, but they do not require a ton of space. You can use gas or burning coal to create heat in small spaces. After you heat the metal, you must hammer it on an anvil to give it its shape, so a blacksmith forge anvil is also an essential tool. Tools such as tongs, hammers, and pokers are also key forgery items. Once you have your equipment, you can work in a ventilated garage, yard, or impress the crowd at the local Renaissance fair. Forgery tools can be tough to find, but you can discover a vast inventory on eBay. Search for everything from Champion blacksmith forges to gas-powered torches.
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