March 22, 2020 | Leave a comment I have wanted to try blacksmithing since I was a kid. Yesterday I finally got a chance to do that. My setup is a propane tank, 6 firebricks, and a piece of railroad track. I had to cut one of the bricks. I scored it with the angle grinder and then snapped it over the edge of the anvil. I’m pretty happy with how that turned out. For my first project I tried to make bladesmithing tongs. I hope to use this mini forge setup to make knives soon, so I wanted a pair of tongs. Here’s how they started: Quite promising, for rebar. Unfortunately here’s how they ended: Ugly? Yes. But that’s not the problem. I think I overheated the tip while I was making it, so the jaw itself snapped off when I tried to adjust everything to bend around the flat stock. Still, it was a fun start and I got a try at making tapers curves rivets So I am not thrilled that the project bombed, but I like that I can finally get metal hot enough to play with. And doesn’t that finish make you want to touch it? It’s very tactile and interesting. I enjoyed it immensely. Thanks for reading!