Putting Together A Blacksmith Shop

Back in the early 80’s I spent a lot of time in Metal Shop and one of the things I thoroughly enjoyed heating metal up to red-hot and bashing it with a hammer. Now it is 30 years later and I have assembled the pieces to do blacksmithing again.  The hardest item to find is the anvil which is described as “The only item the Blacksmith cannot make himself”.  All other pieces of a blacksmith shop, such as hammers and tongs and even the forge can be made by the Blacksmith.  I let people know I was looking for an anvil and after a couple of years my father-in-law called and let me know he saw an ad for an anvil, tongs, leg vise, hand crank fan and forge.  It even included 400 lbs of coal.  I hauled this collection of stuff from South Carolina to S.E. Michigan and now I have to figure out how to set it up someplace.

I’ve never had a hand crank blower before and am having trouble figuring this one out.  This one says “Canedy Otto Mfg Co – Chicago Heights Ill USA” on one side and “Royal Western Chief H” on the other.  I am uncertain the last time it was used but the handle turns freely.  It also says something like “Keep filled with Oil” so I have to find out how much and what kind of oil.  I’m going to try the forum at http://www.iforgeiron.com and see if I can get some help.



Author: Jerry Ward

Working on creating a 10 acre urban homestead in S.E. Michigan. To pay the bills I work as a product manager/business analyst in the IT field. Now the admin of Save Our Skills

  • Scott Atherton

    Find a local smith and take some lessons. It will save you a lot of time and pain. Look up the Facebook group Blacksmithing for Beginners. There is a large group of people there who will help with questions.