Here, I decided to make some blacksmithing tongs. It was over a multiple day process of heating and smashing some rebar. The cool thing about this project is that these tongs are going to go towards more projects, such as forging knives, forging more tongs, or forging some sculptures. With my humble little blacksmithing shop, I am pretty pleased with myself. This is especially considering the fact that my forge is just an upside-down hubcap and my anvil is a piece of railroad track (a darn good one at that).
How did I make it:
Using the tools mentioned in the instructable, I took a piece of rebar, cut it in half, flattened it out, and forged the arcs. I worked by myself the whole time, and managed to burn my hand on the hot metal pretty badly. As one can imagine, that taught be to always wear my gloves. The idea of this came to me in the desire to have a more efficient way of holding hot metal, other than pliers. The actual design of the project is as simple as I could find, making an awesome first project.
Where did I make it:
I made these tongs in my humble blacksmith shop, in my backyard of my home. Because I like the idea of blacksmithing, hunting, hiking and travel, making tools is naturally attractive. When I go hunting with my uncle, I want to have a good skinning knife. What better way to know your knife is reliable than to make it yourself, anyhow?
What did I learn:
Other than always needing to wear gloves to avoid 3rd degree burns, I also learned that good charcoal makes for a much hotter forge. I also learned that silicon under the anvil deadens the sound. Finally, and most importantly, that blacksmithing is something I really enjoy doing, and it is a tangible hobby.
In order to finally be "accepted" as a blacksmith, one needs to make their first set of tongs. I am in that process, and am documenting it for the sake of other aspiring forgers. The things that will be needed for this project are:
1) Rebar or any other piece of thin metal (Note: This guide is made for those using rebar, since it tends to be more readily available.)
2) A Hammer (easiest if a Cross-Peen.)
3) Forge (Here is a good DIY tutorial if you do not have one.)
4) Channel Locks or Vice Grips
5) Anvil (Railroad track works excellent. It is what I use.)
6) Gloves, eye protection, ear-plugs (Those anvils are LOUD!)
7) Rod for Bolting
8) Axe Head/Chisel
If you have all of these supplies, you are ready to begin!