Picture of Backyard Blacksmith Shop Shed
2012-05-14_15-02-22_184 done with new bridge and gravel.jpg
2012-01-29_18-12-17_783 roof decking again.jpg
2012-01-29_18-12-48_730 night time rafters are up.jpg
2012-02-12_18-02-11_142 shop at night half way done.jpg
2012-02-12_18-02-47_868 exterior corner.jpg
2012-02-12_18-06-09_645 almost inside.jpg
2012-02-19_17-55-17_927 test of the trim.jpg
2012-02-26_14-20-55_372 back corner again.jpg
2012-02-26_14-49-30_365 walls are up chimney is through the hole.jpg
2012-02-26_14-49-54_703 back corner view.jpg
2012-02-26_14-50-48_804 future shelving.jpg
2012-02-26_14-51-13_238 view from the rafters of the forge um tool pile.jpg
2012-03-18_18-11-40_841 trebuchet in view.jpg
2012-03-18_18-11-51_560 the first of the upper facing is up.jpg
2012-03-18_18-12-12_281 facing almost done.jpg
2012-03-18_18-12-25_751 shelving up.jpg
2012-03-26_19-04-44_323 back facing is almost done.jpg
2012-03-26_19-04-55_283 sealed.jpg
2012-03-26_20-07-22_623 first file is over.jpg
2012-04-07_10-36-41_108 one door and painted.jpg
2012-04-20_18-12-13_759 mulberried in april.jpg
2012-05-06_18-15-34_129 other proijects.jpg
2012-05-09_22-22-03_34 gravel is in still need cleaning.jpg
2012-05-09_22-22-03_34 still a tool bench.jpg
2012-05-09_22-22-12_968 gravel and need to clean.jpg
2012-05-09_22-22-35_540 glad i built the shelves.jpg
2012-05-12_20-29-47_988 at the hammer in the chimney draws well.jpg
2012-05-14_15-02-40_552 anvils and tools.jpg
2012-05-14_15-02-54_942 post vice mounted.jpg
2012-05-14_15-03-02_361 water cooler is esential.jpg
2012-05-14_15-03-23_613 the forge.jpg
chairs and punch table.jpg
daytime more moved dirt.jpg
diffrent view of the forge.jpg
dirt movers.jpg
first side.jpg
frame is up view from the top of the hill.jpg
future projects.jpg
more sides and more trim.jpg
more testing.jpg
roof decking is up.jpg
roofing is going on.jpg
side view sides going on roof done.jpg
I have run a blacksmiths shop for the past five years it was outside with the tools on their racks out in the weather this was not a problem when  I was home every day top use them and keep them shiny and oiled. being off in college I decided to protect my shop from the elements and make a small shop slightly under 200Sq ft with a gravel floor and high ceilings. I will show the process I followed to complete my shop. not all steps were photographed at the time of completion but each step will cover the conclusion of one Saturdays of work on my shop or one major step which took several weekends to complete . my total budget was $1000 USD the gravel pushed the shop over budget by about $50.

The masonry forge is not included in the cost of the shop because it was constructed three or four years ago.
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Step 1: CAD

Picture of CAD
shop with roof and walls.jpg
The shop design was submitted to the Housing association in a rough CAD draft but it was enough to get permission to build it. it is a basic pole barn with an open high ceiling 12dx16wx11h 

The drawings were done with Autodesk Inventor 2012 I should have used Autodesk Rivet but I used inventor.

In this step the only important thing is the frame the mockup of the siding and roof are in important. I ended up adding some cross bracing later on not because the building was unstable but because it did not look right with out it.  
FIRST, GREAT JOB ON THE PICS AND THE EXPLANATIONS. Second, is it possible you have the plans or reasonable explanation as to how your masonry forge was designed and built from the ground up? Would love to see it in here, chimney and all.
pfred23 years ago
Your shop looks sweet! Great job. I was always told lucky horseshoes had to point up, or the luck all pours out of them.
max mulholland (author)  pfred23 years ago
Thank-you, about the horseshoe you are correct the luck pours out but in a blacksmiths shop it is tradition to put a horseshoe upside down over the forge so the the luck pours into the forge.

-Max Mulholland
I guess blacksmiths can change their horseshoes often, when luck runs out of old ones.