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The Smithin’ Magician is best used on a solid base (when mounted in the hardy hole of an anvil, it tends to bounce, thus reducing the effectiveness of hammer blows). Issue 139 contains drawings and assembly instructions for a metal pedestal. The pedestal top plate is extended to one side to provide a surface for finishing tenons and resting a hammer. The legs make it possible to use it free-standing or bolted to the floor.


Six all new die sets for the Smithin' Magician are covered this month. They include combination dies. that have have the advantage of doing two operations without changing dies. Other dies include a Ball Die and a round stock shear.

Laser and waterjet cutting machines work much like a computer printer to cut out precise shapes. Any vector image created in a drawing program such as Illustrator or Auto Cad works with these machines. Line drawings can be scanned and converted to a vector image as well. Several laser cut "starters" illustrate how this process is useful for blacksmiths.

The September 2001 Issue featured the first “How was it made” feature. We’re running it again this month with this scroll seen on a fence in Bad Kreuznach, Germany. The key to figuring this one out is the geometric symmetry of the design.