Forging steel and iron isn't actually all that hard, you only need a few things to do it properly.
1. A vice of some sort. My granddad happened to have one he doesn't use. You need to make sure it's properly anchored in some way, otherwise you won't be able to bend the steel very well. I just put some heavy bricks next to it to prevent it from moving around.
2. Leather gloves. The thicker, the better. I used some welding ones I had, and boy, do they help prevent burns a lot!
3. Safety Glasses - These's protect your eyes from flying embers from your forge.
4. Bricks of some kind -- We had some fire pit bricks lying around, so I decided to use those.
5. Charcoal -- Any type of charcoal will do, but briquettes are not the best. Try to get lump charcoal if you can. YOU can also use wood pieces as well, you just need to have a fire going already for it to work properly. I tried it today, and it worked great.
6. An air blower -- You can use a hairdryer, an air mattress pump, basically anything that'll blow air pretty decently. A leafblower will not work.
7. (optional) A Face shield- - - I found that this isn't really NEEDED, but, it'll protect your face from little singes from embers, and also protects a bit from radiant heat from the fire.
8. An Anvil, if you are blessed with having one. You'll need this if you need to flatten out your workpiece.
9. A hammer/sledgehammer. A small one will work just fine.
Also as a word of warning, I'M not responsible for anything bad you may do with this information. Don't burn down your house...don't be stupid, and learn, before you go outside. You'll messing with temperatures above 1500 degrees Fahrenheit. BE CAREFUL.