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Issue #170 March 2005


Tue iron forges have been around for a long time and are more commonly found in Europe. (Actually “tue” iron is simply another word for tuyere. We are using it to set this style of forge apart from conventional bottom blast forges). The central component of the forge is a water cooled blast nozzle that extends into the fire from the side. Issue 174 tells how to make a tue iron forge for your shop.

There are three options for making this tenon. You can upset and draw it out, draw out and lap weld or fold the stock back and forge weld. The first option is too much work, so the focus of this feature is on the last two, both of which are described in detail.

Angle iron is often used by blacksmiths in unusual ways, but most commonly in full-length pieces. This technique takes advantage of the square corner that is found by chopping the stock into short pieces. By choosing varied proportion stock (eg: ¼”x 1” or ¼”x 3”) and cutting the slices to varied thicknesses, a large number of applications are possible.