On these pages, we celebrate the work and artistry of blacksmiths. If
you are a blacksmith, hopefully the work displayed here will inspire
you. If you have a cursory interest in blacksmithing, these pages will
give you a sense of the breath and beauty of work done by
blacksmiths. Perhaps, you want to add some blacksmith work to your
home. You may be surprised at the reasonable prices at which you can
purchase such work. A good place to do so is the annual IBA
conference, held during the first weekend in June in Tipton, IN. Next
time, you see a smith demonstrate, just talk to him or her and see
what some wheeling and dealing will get you.
Call for contributions. If you have pictures of your own
work or that of others, please email them to me. If you would like to
say a few things about the images, that would be even better, but is
not necessary. See the email address below.
- Dave Wells made this scale. Beam scales have various shaped pans (oval, square, etc.), but most are round. Dave made two crusies which allows pouring contents out, if needed.
- Jamie Morton made this flint
striker knife after only three weeks of smithing.
- John Bennett made these fabulous deer antler: Pic 1 and Pic 2.
- Jim Claar in his never ending creativitiy made a most fascinating lamp post.
- Dave Well's made some Darrell Cooks' Horse Shoe Knives
- Here is a picture of a beautiful set of hinges Ray Sease and John
Wendel made for the National Maple Syrup Headquarters.
- A damascus steel knife with olive wood
handle made by Max Hoopengarner.
- A coat hanger in the shape of an octopus
made by Ken Scharabok.
- A turtle made by Tex Ritter.
- A shepherd's hook made by Michael
- A wreath holder with a forged ribbon made
by Dave Wells.
- Forged birds and candle holder
made by Dave Wells. They were made at the I.B.A. meeting in
June. The birds are made from one piece of 3/4 black pipe.
- Dohrtoc, a sword forged by David
DelaGardelle. The sword is a slight cross between an Oakeshott Type XI
and Type XII minus a fuller, and with a slight mix of Nordic artistic
embellishments to represent the look and feel of the deep North
woods. The blade is welded from 15 strips of 1075 carbon and L6 dark
steel. The grip is carved from rich dark maple and the pommel and
guard forged from low carbon steel.
- Things you can make from railroad
spikes. DJ Blanton has a collection of well of 100 items made from
railroad spikes. In this image you see some of them, and a few items
not made from spikes.
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