⚒ DirtySmith 20: Carolina’s Shoe Stand

⚒ DirtySmith 20: Carolina’s Shoe Stand

    This is custom build display stand for the Carolina Shoe Company. There are 16 forged tenons, 16 slit and drifted holes, 16 forged bolts, 4 wood shelves that have their logo branded into them, and a copper/steel sign to top it off! Great build and off to...
⚒ DirtySmith 19: Wasps, Hornets and Varmints! 💩h my!

⚒ DirtySmith 19: Wasps, Hornets and Varmints! 💩h my!

    Slow couple of weeks. Rory has been taking care of some home repair, started a catch and release varmint program at the shop, and been pluggin away on a side project. INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/dirtysmith/ TWITTER:...
⚒ DirtySmith 18: Wood is good, but steel is real

⚒ DirtySmith 18: Wood is good, but steel is real

Forging just isn’t about hammers, tools, and crooked axes. There is a whole other department, architectural blacksmithing. Dirty Smith forges a project for Dragon Forge LTD, a custom forged railing. Replacing an existing wood rail Rory starts with basic metal...
⚒ Dirty Smith 17: Blacksmithing Classes and Railing Installations

⚒ Dirty Smith 17: Blacksmithing Classes and Railing Installations

This week Dirty Smith shares his week of installing a forged rail and blacksmithing classes at Dragon Forge Limited! INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/dirtysmith/ TWITTER: https://twitter.com/thedirtysmith DIRTYSMITH SWAG: http://DirtySmith.com/store FREE...
╦ DirtySmith Vlog: $h!t my dad says…

╦ DirtySmith Vlog: $h!t my dad says…

This week Dirty Smith shares some stories, sayings and a little window of what it’s like working with family, most importantly with you father. INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/dirtysmith/ TWITTER: https://twitter.com/thedirtysmith DIRTYSMITH SWAG:...
╦ DirtySmith 8: Forging Aspen Trees Piece by Piece

╦ DirtySmith 8: Forging Aspen Trees Piece by Piece

This week Rory is forging a Aspen Tree themed fireplace door for Dragon Forge LTD. There is a lot that goes into these projects and has condensed long hours into an entertaining 4 min video! The trees are metal with copper, brass, bronze and steel leaves that are...
╦ DirtySmith 7: Forge what they have in mind

╦ DirtySmith 7: Forge what they have in mind

Drawing, designing, forging, building…the job of a blacksmith is much more than just the physical work. It’s work! This week Rory drafts a railing for a client using scaled rules, pencils and squares. He also talks about the first solo job he was handed at...
╦ DirtySmith 6: Build a Jig wall…this one is simple!

╦ DirtySmith 6: Build a Jig wall…this one is simple!

Part of a running a blacksmithing shop is the constant evolution of tools, tool storage, and ways of doing such. This week Rory was asked to make a new way of hanging the round jigs. Using some expanded metal, forging some hooks you can see how he goes about it....
╦ DirtySmith 5: A Blacksmith Blacksmithing Bronze

╦ DirtySmith 5: A Blacksmith Blacksmithing Bronze

Dirty Smith forges 1.25″ solid bronze down to 2″ by 5/16″ using a 230lb home made power hammer and textures the material with a 75lb Bull hammer. Although the contest is over, keep an eye on the hick up. There are 2 I put in. Read the youtube...
╦ DirtySmith 4: A tip working with nervous clients

╦ DirtySmith 4: A tip working with nervous clients

Dirty Smith is headed out this week to meetings. Rory and Craig had a short discussion about meetings, how important they are and working with a client that might be a little nervous at first. Also a small glimpse into drawing and driving in white crap they call snow....
╦ DirtySmith 3: The Post

╦ DirtySmith 3: The Post

When you think about blacksmithing, it might be a combination of ideas. Be it lighting a coal forge, using limited tools, or a selection of items that are expected to be produced. In “today’s” shop you are more likely to be given a random task. Dirty...
Dirty Smith’s Floor Lamp

Dirty Smith’s Floor Lamp

February’s blacksmithing maker video Dirty Smith forges and fabricates a custom floor lamp out of copper and steel. Thank’s for watching and please share if you enjoyed it. About this project: It was the week prior to Christmas of 2016. Craig, my father,...
Dirty Smith EP 37: Forge a wrench knife

Dirty Smith EP 37: Forge a wrench knife

  Dirty Smith uses a power hammer, a coal forge, some grinders and a 1″ wrench to forge a knife. last years submissions: https://youtu.be/FRzUFN9rd30?t=5m58s Like it? Share, subscribe and most of all…keep it dirty! Support DirtySmith via...
Dirty Smith EP 36: Forge a hamburger

Dirty Smith EP 36: Forge a hamburger

Dirty Smith uses a power hammer, a gas forge, some swedge blocks and a hot piece of plate to forge and cook a hamburger. Bon Appétit! Like it? Share, subscribe and most of all…keep it dirty! Support DirtySmith via https://www.patreon.com/dirtysmith Buy shirts,...
Dirty Smith EP 35: Forge a Spatula

Dirty Smith EP 35: Forge a Spatula

This blacksmithing project we are taking some 1/4″ x 8″ flat stock and will forge an eye, fuller the handle and forge some copper for the flipper. Quick rivet, seal up with some wax, couple of bad jokes and some beer…lets do this! Like it? Share,...
Dirty Smith EP 33: Rolling Barrels and Forging Hinges

Dirty Smith EP 33: Rolling Barrels and Forging Hinges

Recovering from food poisoning, Dirty Smith demonstrates the concept of turning a hinge out of .25″ x 2″ and .25″ x 1″. We will forge the ends, remove stock, forge some decoration on the strap under the power hammer and seal it up with some...
How do you take care of your injuries from work?

How do you take care of your injuries from work?

Oh, my back! work, pain and what do you do to manage it? The last few weeks I was putting in the hours on a large range hood. This project involved me jumping up and down my layout table, at the anvil for small spurts, fabricating in odd positions and constantly...
Dirty Smith ep 32: Q and A with a little soap

Dirty Smith ep 32: Q and A with a little soap

  Dirty Smith answering some questions. Like it? Share, subscribe and most of all…keep it dirty! https://www.patreon.com/dirtysmith MakerCast IG link Tim Cisneros FB Forgeworks page Check out other social media links: http://instagram.com/dirtysmith...
Tim Cisneros: Tools to Make Tools Class

Tim Cisneros: Tools to Make Tools Class

“There are no secrets here” Having grown up in Dragon Forge LTD, my forging experience has been hands on as I hit the ground running at the age of 15. Although keeping up with a high end architectural blacksmith shop, I could recognize that my weakness was...
Dirty Smith Show EP: 30 Forging a Trammel Hook

Dirty Smith Show EP: 30 Forging a Trammel Hook

Dirty Smith demonstrating how to forge a taper, forge a hook and then complete this tutorial by forging a functional colonial style trammel hook. Like it? Share, subscribe and most of all…keep it dirty! Support DirtySmith via https://www.patreon.com/dirtysmith...
Somebody’s Gotta Do It …a year later

Somebody’s Gotta Do It …a year later

  Although this picture may look like Mike is in time out, possibly contemplating some heavy topics while in a meditative state being complemented by a gentleman reflecting some light into the scene, yet it is simply of Mr. Rowe sitting in our storage bus for one...
Point, grunt and clang digital beers

Point, grunt and clang digital beers

Oye! Man o man…I’ve been busy. So if you don’t know, my full time job is working in the family business of Dragon Forge LTD. We have been slammed with work and I have not had time to do a Forging Fridays. Though I planned it out and put out a simple...
Dirty Smith Show EP: 28 Cube Twist

Dirty Smith Show EP: 28 Cube Twist

Dirty Smith forging a cube twist, aka Rubik Twist. Also introduced the forum BlacksmithsOnline.com. Like it? Share, subscribe and most of all…keep it dirty! http://www.dirtysmith.com/ Music provided by: Lincoln Durham http://lincolndurham.com/ Check out other...
It might take a while…

It might take a while…

For 2 years I did art shows. Shows that ranged from high end home and garden shows that Dragon Forge LTD was part of down to doing demonstrations in downtown Denver at night clubs – they were outside if you were wondering. In that event I had the mind set that I...
Dirty Smith Show EP: 23 Blacksmith Q and A

Dirty Smith Show EP: 23 Blacksmith Q and A

Dirty Smith’s Episode 23: Questions mostly about business side of the craft, some attention pertaining tools and what the hell are wrong with welders?! Like it? Share, subscribe and keep it dirty! http://www.dirtysmith.com/ Music provided by: Juzzie Smith...
Dirty Smith Show EP: 19 Intro Scrolls Forging Fridays

Dirty Smith Show EP: 19 Intro Scrolls Forging Fridays

Dirty Smith’s Forging Fridays Episode 19: Intro to scrolls.  Go over the concept and demonstrate the technique while using a coal forge, hammer and anvil out of 1/2″ square stock. Go over jigs and their efficiency complemented with bending forks.  Like it?...
Dirty Smith Show EP: 17 Q and A

Dirty Smith Show EP: 17 Q and A

Dirty Smith Show: Quick update about me, answering some questions, go over the Dirty Smith RR spike Challenge, and a huge thank you to everyone watching, feedback and the support! Music provided by: Lincoln Durham http://www.lincolndurham.com/ Check out other social...
Dirty Smith Show EP: 16 Intro to turning eyes

Dirty Smith Show EP: 16 Intro to turning eyes

Dirty Smith’s Forging Fridays: Intro to Eyes. Go over how to figure out the material needed for the eye using 1/2″ round stock.  Short cameo with the local ground squirrel and update of Somebody’s Gotta Do It and Dragon Forge being aired April 16th,...
Dirty Smith Show EP: 14 Upset Corners

Dirty Smith Show EP: 14 Upset Corners

Dirty Smith’s Forging Fridays: Upset Corners. Go over the concept and demonstrate the technique using a coal forge, anvil and vise. Also make a welder cry. Music provided by: Juzzie Smith http://juzziesmith.com/ Check out other social media links:...
Dirty Smith Show EP: 13 Rivets

Dirty Smith Show EP: 13 Rivets

  Dirty Smith’s Forging Fridays: Rivets.  Go over the concept and demonstrate the technique and share tube rivet concept. Music provided by: Juzzie Smith http://juzziesmith.com/ Check out other social media links: http://instagram.com/dirtysmith...
Dirty Smith Show EP: 11 Intro to twisting

Dirty Smith Show EP: 11 Intro to twisting

Dirty Smith’s Forging Fridays: Intro to twisting. Go over the concept and demonstrate twisting. Music provided by: Juzzie Smith http://juzziesmith.com/ Check out other social media links: http://dirtysmith.com/ http://instagram.com/dirtysmith...
DirtySmith’s Ugly Tool Contest

DirtySmith’s Ugly Tool Contest

 DirtySmith’s Ugly Tool Contest! Win some free Dirty Swag! (image used for Facebook read rules below for different social media sites) Contest Ends 5/23/14   This is the 2nd Ugly Tool contest! Below are some common FAQ   What is an ugly tool? –...
Dirty Smith Show EP: 01

Dirty Smith Show EP: 01

The first video went over great and got some fun feed back.  #2 is in the works as I hope to be able to do at least one a month (more if time permits)   Thanks again for the support!   -Dirty Smith share this dirty...
Dirty Smith Show

Dirty Smith Show

Soooooooooooon! Here is a teaser for the video blog coming. This is planning to be a video blog of whats going, what Im working on and possibly take some questions from the social media followers.   share this dirty...
The lesson that cost me $4k and the trust I lost in 501(c)3 co-ops

The lesson that cost me $4k and the trust I lost in 501(c)3 co-ops

  I will preface that this was my experience and an opinion of the situation I was in. Not all 501(c)3 groups are this way nor does this represent any current group but a small window of what I went through.   I grew up in a very small community from the age...
Ugly Tool Contest

Ugly Tool Contest

DirtySmith.com “UGLY TOOL” Contest Win a free shirt!  Contest Ends: 3/15/14 Its that time for another contest!  It is pretty simple…Find an ugly tool, post it on the social media that you use (directions below) and I will pick a winner on 3/15/14. ...
Dirty Smith

Dirty Smith

Quick shot of the 01, chainsaw chain and wrought iron axe head I made for my best friend. I'll take some pics and write a blog post about it on rorymay.com. #blacksmith #handforged share this dirty...
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Dirty Smith

Finish her this Sunday. Have a good night and weekend! I got a hot date with @mrsdirtysmith share this dirty...
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Dirty Smith

"There was man from Nantucket.." -Grandma #blacksmith #forged share this dirty...
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Dirty Smith

Forging a one inch ball for the top mount of this pull. #blacksmith #powerhammer share this dirty...
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Dirty Smith

Pieces n parts for this door pull. Had the new guy help out and forge the grape parts. #blacksmith #makersmovement share this dirty...
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Dirty Smith

3 pieces of 5/8 round textured and twisted ready to get forge welded. I use a v block when I'm forge welding this. Helps trap the material in a way that it is constantly getting forge into itself. If I put it straight on the face of the anvil I would imagine the...
Dirty Smith

Dirty Smith

Next on the list is the pull on the left. Typically I layout this pull with the scale given and draw out some lines as a guide. Given room to adjust as I see fit so it looks right. I did a time lapse video on a version of this pull last year and it's on...
Dirty Smith

Dirty Smith

Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes. DirtySmith will be up next Monday with new stickers and shirts ready to rock. As always thanks for the support. #backtowork share this dirty...
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Dirty Smith

"Craftsmen think I'm an artist; Artists think I'm a craftsman." #blacksmith #artisan #craftsman share this dirty...
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Dirty Smith

Got the collars fit. You can see the piece of metal saw blade I'm using as a spacer. This slide bolt will have a little ball bearing that rides in the "throw" #blacksmith share this dirty...
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Dirty Smith

"All things truly wicked start from innocence." -Ernest Hemingway share this dirty...
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Dirty Smith

Late night wine cellar door sketches. Sketch on left done by Craig for a previous project is the inspiration for the one on the right (mine) with a smaller budget. #blacksmith #conceptual share this dirty...
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Dirty Smith

"The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today." -Elbert Hubbard #blacksmith share this dirty...
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Dirty Smith

Making small collars for the slide bolt. 3/16×1/2. Kind of a step work bending these in the vise. Used a clamp to turn it over and file fit. #blacksmith #highFiddleFactor share this dirty...
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Dirty Smith

Plugin away at this custom door pull. Slide bolt comin too. #blacksmith #badass #makersmovement share this dirty...
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Dirty Smith

Mr Ronald van Mil won the giveaway! Email me at Info@dirtysmith.com your shirt size and mailing address. Congrats share this dirty...
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Dirty Smith

“Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successfull personality and duplicate it.” – Bruce Lee share this dirty...
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Dirty Smith

Working on dirtysmith.com… #blacksmithproblems share this dirty...
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Dirty Smith

Shout out to @barter_rick for the awesome bottle openers! and they work! lol thanks, brother! share this dirty...
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Dirty Smith

Off you go to anneal and I need a beer…Good night! #sleepytime #blacksmith #broyouforged share this dirty...
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Dirty Smith

I fit the rasp first and then ground everything clean. Used the gas forge to get the whole thing to temp slowly and used the coal for for the last bit of heat I needed. #blacksmith #blacksmithsmash share this dirty...
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Dirty Smith

Finally have an afternoon to forge weld this axe head together. The billet is chainsaw chain, wrought, and some 01. #blacksmith #letsdothis #brodoyouevenforge share this dirty...
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Dirty Smith

New stickers (on the right) arrived last night. I'm including these in the #dirtysmithgiveaway and a aspen leaf bottle opener and extending it to monday evening. If you already entered you are still in the game. If you want to enter: 1) share this image 2) put...
Dirty Smith

Dirty Smith

Cleaning out a bucket of odd ball things I made and found these gems. #OhYaMoment #dirtybronzemouse #blacksmith share this dirty...
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Dirty Smith

Good morning. #blacksmith #anvil share this dirty...
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Dirty Smith

Some of the boys. From 75lb – 125lb bulls, 250 lg, 200 chambersberg… #blacksmith #toolporn #hammerheaven share this dirty...
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Dirty Smith

I get asked how I got into the blacksmithing. My mom had an office job and I didn't like babysitters so I hung out with dad at the shop a lot. The pic is the hammer I used when I was 7. Anyways I was in and out if the shop as I grew up. At the age of 15 a friend...
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Dirty Smith

"Patience is the art of hoping."Luc de Clapiers #blacksmith #shopdog A pic from last night. share this dirty...
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Dirty Smith

Larger sconce riveting setup is pretty much the same just a little larger and usin the vise. #blacksmith share this dirty...
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Dirty Smith

Stayin late finishing these sconces. Goodnight! #deadlines #blacksmith share this dirty...
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Dirty Smith

“A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.” – Bruce Lee#blacksmith #jig share this dirty...
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Dirty Smith

A version of adjustable bending forks that are used in a vise. #blacksmith #toolporn share this dirty...
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Dirty Smith

Time for a #DirtySmithGiveAway! Ya get a Super Quench shirt and some dirty stickers. Seriously though they might be rubbed in coal… As always thanks for the support #blacksmith share this dirty...
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Dirty Smith

“Words are plentiful; deeds are precious.” – Lech Walesa #blacksmith #handmade share this dirty...
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Dirty Smith

Upsetting mass then using the ball peen under the hammer creating the knuckle. A rivet will live in that void connecting it to the sconce. #blacksmith #powerhammer share this dirty...
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Dirty Smith

How upsetting… #blacksmith #forged share this dirty...
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Dirty Smith

Here's the deal. I have to make 2 and a half of these 8' tall 500 lb beasts of a chandelier. Dragon Forge is looking to hire for a temp 3-4 month period to help me forge these and get them done. We also have three other chandeliers to do as well. Email...
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Dirty Smith

You're killin me, Smalls! share this dirty...
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Dirty Smith

DirtySmith.com update: overhauling the website so ordering is a bit more straight forward. Aiming for it to be done this week along with new stickers. share this dirty...
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Dirty Smith

Good morning #shopdog share this dirty...
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Dirty Smith

Turn and strike. Same technique for the powerhammer. My heat is a bit long… 3/8 round bar. #blacksmith #anvil #forged share this dirty...
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Dirty Smith

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” – Albert Einstein #blacksmith share this dirty...
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Dirty Smith

“When you know what you want,and you want it badly enough,you’ll find a way to get it.” – Jim Rohn #blacksmith share this dirty...
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Dirty Smith

Working on the 2 larger sconces this weekend. Layout done now to get buuuusy. #noRestForTheWicked #blacksmith share this dirty...