Working on the 2 larger sconces this weekend. Layout done now to get buuuusy. #noRestForTheWicked #blacksmith
Blacksmith vs Farrier is there a difference? Shout out. I know some do both, Craig for example. He thought he was a smith until he went to a conference in New Mexico back in the day
Working alone today forces you to get a little creative especially when settin rivets on round object with three arms. Ended raising it up for the header to get in there, the stand to hold it at 2 points (the arms) and a wait in center to keep some tension on it....
"Remember the fires of hell that forged you. Charge!" -Captain Hook #blacksmith #forged
“Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need.” -Voltaire
War Hammer forged out of a large ball peen hammer. There have been a couple of instances when I forgot it was in my truck. Made for an awkward conversation with the car wash clerk. Wonder if I have to declare it if I get pulled over....
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” – Aristotle
First move at putting pieces together and see what I need to modify. High fiddle factor. #blacksmith #handmade
Forging hooks for the sconces. These take about 10min each and am starting with 1/2" round bar.
Quick measurement today on location. #blacksmith #roadtrip
Just about got all the pieces made for these three sconces. Still have a couple of hooks to forge. #blacksmith #handmade
Small change on the scone. 3 bars instead of 4. Step work #blacksmith
Good morning #blacksmithproblems #dirtysmith
New stickers are on their way. I'll let ya know when they arrive #blacksmith #stickers
Uh oh… #blacksmithproblems
Dirtysmith.com mail day is tomorrow. I'll be mailing off orders every other weekend. There is a countdown ticker on the website for the next ship date. Have a good weekend!
Off to Canada you go. #blacksmith #chainbowl #badass #smooshed
These sconces call for some mica. Able to roll a pretty tight diameter without any cracks. This is nice on that we can do it out of one piece rather than 2 as Pops was concerned about. #micamaster...
Dragon Forge ltd is still accepting applications from blacksmiths with a min 5 yrs experience, tools, reliable transportation and badass pics of work. Email a résumé and portfolio to Craig@dragonforgeltd.com. Checkout what we forge at DragonForgeLTD.com #blacksmith...
3/8×3/4 flat bar. As easy as 1-2-3… #blacksmith #handmade #prototype
"No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness." -Aristotle #blacksmith #toolporn
Good morning. Prototyping today… Some good and some I'm not showing lol. #blacksmith
Happy New Year! Updated Mr.Rockwell's painting in respect to metal workers and the year. Seemed fitting. The full size pic is on the facebook group page. #blacksmith #normanrockwell #2014
"Raise your glass and treasure the memories of yesterday. Live in the moment of today and Imagine something wonderful that is about to happen tomorrow." Happy New Years and as always thank you! Here's to 2014 and good bye...
Toby Hickman came out to Rocky Mountain Smiths in 2008 and demoed at a local shop that had a 5b hammer. He shared some industrial techniques under the hammer. both the size of the material and what he could do under that 5b were unreal. I won two of the items in the...
Quick shop meeting yesterday and now to prototype these. Craig is recovering from surgery he had on his hand so good thoughts his way while he recovers. #blacksmith
Good morning. Didn't realize Axle's old coat was so small. He is diggin the new threads. #shopdog
So an update on the chain bowl. The closest one (bottom right) was my first one that I thought I was doing correctly. I successfully forged welded the whole thing together and IMO it came out great yet that was not what was ordered. So I stepped it down a notch as the...
Various progress pics of today and up to the first fold. Wow…I need a beer. #blacksmith #handmade
My forge pot is pretty deep and will be making a tall fire to compensate for this billet of chainsaw chain I'm forge welding. I do have some o1 that I might mix in in round 2 #blacksmith...
Rasp body with a forge welded chainsaw chain bick. Tempted to put some wrought iron in between the two materials so the forge weld goes a little more gooey if ya know what I mean. Have ideas or suggestions let me know. Otherwise I'm lightin up the forge....
See those cracks? Tools wear out and though it's labeled as an "antique" and ya spent a bunch if money on eBay it might not be the best tool. #crackKills #themoreyouknow
Good morning. Here we go…#badass #blacksmith #powerhammer #chainbowl
Tomorrow I'm forging a chain bowl order and starting on a small axe hawk out of a rasp with a chainsaw chain billet. But today…I clean. #blacksmith #handmade #custom
DirtySmith.com update: it's back online with lady shirts back in stock. #blacksmith #dirtysmith
From our family to yours! #blacksmith #christmas
Leaving late tonight to be on the job site early tomorrow. One last push. All dirty smith orders have been sent. Working on some other designs at the moment. #blacksmith #dirtysmith
Off to New Jersey, Texas and Utah you go. #blacksmith #aspenleafcharm
Last night for #dirtyChristmas orders is tonight. I will be out of town so tomorrow the 19th is mail day. DirtySmith.com will be closed while I'm gone and back online 12/26/13. Thanks again for the...
"Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all." -Sam Ewing #blacksmith
Still my favorite dirty smith pic lol #dirtysmith
Position available for a smith at Dragon Forge LTD. Reliable transportation, tools, 5 years of forging / building experience is a must. Check the pic for more info and dragonforgeltd.com for our portfolio. #blacksmith...
14 – 12 hour days with 30+ feet of rail with all its challenges. Installed and headed home. Good day and good night. #blacksmith #custom
This section is 112" long and I held my breath as it went in. I do not have the words to describe that "thunk" noise as it snaps into place. #goodday #blacksmith
Install day… #blacksmith
Forged aspen tree trunk will get branches after it's installed. Probably next march. Also I'm going to make a video about the bottle opener end if the knife wrench. Seems that the concept is not clicking for some… #dirtysmithgiveaway tomorrow...
"A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do." -Walter Bagehot
Got a start on number 3 of 4 rails last night. Bust out this aspen tree trunk which ended up being 27" not 5'… #badass #blacksmith #learnToReadaTape
Good night! Axle is ready to head out too. #shopdog
Just a reminder the #dirtysmithgiveaway ends 12-11-13. Wrench knife bottle opener, shirt/stickers and a side of blacksmith awesomeness….you know what to do
Beveled edge on 1/4" plate under the hammer. #blacksmith #powerhammer
Good morning. Second lambs tongue finished. #blacksmith #forged
Working for a few more hours. But I'll still say Good Night! #blacksmith #forged
Laying out where my three sided cage of a newel post is going to set. Keeping in mind architectural stair case code and balance. This run is 112" long with a 36 degree rake. #badass #blacksmith...
Thanks for the support on the shirts and stickers last week!
Long day but it was a good day. Good night! #blacksmith #beerthirty
Oh snap did I just…ya I did. I get ideas submitted at times and only a few make me laugh out loud. Next sticker/shirt combo…maybe… #blacksmith
Give ya an idea of what part of the "working interview" for the two who applied to work with us. One guy made the bottom, the other made the top. Lookin good guys. Dragonforgeltd.com...
Early start this morning. At least the view is nice.
If you know a "Lisa" and want to buy this left over bronze aspen leaf let me know. I didn't like how it turned out and made another. $15+ s/h (states is $6) email me firstname.lastname@example.org. Also I had to stop taking orders and apologize. Way to busy and...
"It's a booger freezer out there!"-Dad. -18f this morning.
Bronze aspen leaf charms off you go to Texas you go. #blacksmith
Forging like its going out of style. 7/8 sq bar with 3/8" tenons on either end. Detail for the rail. #blacksmith
Railing calls for a "lambs tongue" on the end of the cap. Some of the steps. #blacksmith #getithot #anvil
Axle sporting his winter coat in the -6f morning we had. #shopdog
Good night! "Oh hell no!" -Betsy Ross #dirtysmithgiveaway #blacksmith
Baby forge tenons on the bottom of the 1/2×1 panel legs in this rail. #fiddlefactor #blacksmith #handmade
Let's do this right… I'm throwing in the wrench knife bottle opener, shirts / stickers, extending this a week and opening it up to instagram, facebook dirtysmith page, and...
Love this truck. -2f and a foot of snow at the studio this morning.
Good morning. Straighten some material then off to run errands. #blacksmith #anvil
"Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please." -Mark Twain
Bronze is great to forge but very unforgiving. To hot it falls apart. Doing the hoops on this bronze leaf. #blacksmith #handmade
Heard some think the leaf charms are cast or dropped forged. Progress pic to show that it's actually forge from solid bar, one at a time and by hand. #blacksmith
Dirty Smith tshirt/stickers giveaway! Ends Wednesday night. Contest Guidelines-Share this image-Tag it #dirtysmithgiveaway-Extra points if ya @dirtysmith
I'll have to finish these Bronze Aspen Leaf Charms tomorrow. #blacksmith #handmade
Another copper and steel project from 2004. The concept was the "drama faces" where one is laughing and the other is crying. Tried to combine the two. Ended up looking like a copper turd. Was a lesson none the less and a challenge....
Piece from 2004 college. Been hiding in my garage might as well hang it where I forge.
Laying out railings tonight getting ready for work tomorrow. #blacksmith
Those who asked about the tattoo…This was a different kind of pain.
Mail day is Saturday. dirtysmith.com #blacksmithFriday
My version of #blackfriday
Have a good turkey tomorrow!
Improvise if you have too.
9/16" of 1/2" round with this die to make this shape which I'm using for a detail on the railing. #blacksmith
9/16" of 1/2" round with this die to make this shape which I'm using for a detail on the railing. #blacksmith
I work better when I'm dirty. DirtySmith.com mail day is Saturday. Dog not included #blacksmith #shopdog #dirtysmith
"My slit and drifts bring all the girls to the yard" #blacksmith #handmade #forge
Thanks to all who ordered shirts/stickers so early this week. Saturday is mail day and more lady shirts are on their way. DirtySmith.com #blacksmith #dirtysmith #swag
"I never said that…" -Abe Lincoln#toolporn
Also got an order of a life size aspen tree trunk to go under a set of stairs. Stayin late to work on this. #blacksmith
Pippin scale off with the rose bud.
"How much pain they have cost us, the evils which have never happened." -Thomas Jefferson
For those that contacted me, dirtysmith.com is online and updated with what I have left. Thanks again for those that ordered last week. I'm just rolling the proceeds back into it and ordering more...
Axle dog turns 5 years old this month. Happy bday pup.