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Issue #159 April 2004


Just about everything a blacksmith grabs has some sort of handle on it. No surprise when the stock can be over 2000° when it comes out of the forge. Issue 159 features some examples of handles made and used by blacksmiths.

Steel surfaces can be slick, oily, rusty or hot making them hard to mark on. A blacksmith needs more than one tool to make his mark; as many as five or six, actually. He or she needs to mark material to identify parts, steel types, where to cut or drill, where to work hot and more. Find out what marker works on what surface in Issue 159

How you finish iron depends on the type of iron you are using, where it will be installed or displayed and the effect you desire. Like wood, iron’s nemesis is moisture, and protection from its corrosive effects is a primary goal. This month we explore ways to color and finish your work.

Saw horses are handy in any blacksmith shop but they are hard to store especially if floor space is limited in a small shop. We show two break-down saw horses that will store neatly against a wall. The first one is made of pipe and is self leveling on uneven floors. The other one is made of square tube held together with linch pins.