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Issue #188 September 2006


We’ve received a lot of requests for more information on the fundamentals of blacksmithing, so we’re going back to the basics with three common techniques. More experienced blacksmiths may also pick up some small new way to do things from this explanation.

We’ve tracked the development of the Smithin Magician over the years through all its design changes. The current model evolved out of #3 and features a bolt-on mounting base that can be used on its own stand or at the anvil with the addition of a hardy hole stem. This model starts with the laser-cut face plate. The face plates don’t necessarily need to be laser cut—they can also be cut out with a torch or plasma cutter. Following are photos for step by step assembly of Smithin’ Magician no.3a.