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╦ DirtySmith 8: Forging Aspen Trees Piece by Piece

https://youtu.be/c90C6E5DSvA 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...

╦ DirtySmith 7: Forge what they have in mind

https://youtu.be/jwVXsqe2l44 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...

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

https://youtu.be/kXpjl46XKog 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...

╦ DirtySmith 5: A Blacksmith Blacksmithing Bronze

https://youtu.be/NC0RMiwXwY0 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...

╦ DirtySmith 4: A tip working with nervous clients

https://youtu.be/ig1suefXFD8 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...

╦ DirtySmith 3: The Post

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oRBuEePHBE 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...

Dirty Smith’s Floor Lamp

https://youtu.be/4eU8apgR6X0 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....

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...

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 forging...

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

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 one about...

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 was...

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