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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
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Finish her this Sunday. Have a good night and weekend! I got a hot date with @mrsdirtysmith
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"There was man from Nantucket.." -Grandma #blacksmith #forged
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Forging a one inch ball for the top mount of this pull. #blacksmith #powerhammer
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Pieces n parts for this door pull. Had the new guy help out and forge the grape parts. #blacksmith #makersmovement
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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...
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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...
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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
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"Craftsmen think I'm an artist; Artists think I'm a craftsman." #blacksmith #artisan #craftsman
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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
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"All things truly wicked start from innocence." -Ernest Hemingway
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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
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"The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today." -Elbert Hubbard #blacksmith
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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
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Plugin away at this custom door pull. Slide bolt comin too. #blacksmith #badass #makersmovement
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“Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successfull personality and duplicate it.” – Bruce Lee
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Working on dirtysmith.com… #blacksmithproblems
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Shout out to @barter_rick for the awesome bottle openers! and they work! lol thanks, brother!
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Off you go to anneal and I need a beer…Good night! #sleepytime #blacksmith #broyouforged
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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...
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Finally have an afternoon to forge weld this axe head together. The billet is chainsaw chain, wrought, and some 01. #blacksmith #letsdothis #brodoyouevenforge
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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...
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Cleaning out a bucket of odd ball things I made and found these gems. #OhYaMoment #dirtybronzemouse #blacksmith
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Some of the boys. From 75lb – 125lb bulls, 250 lg, 200 chambersberg… #blacksmith #toolporn #hammerheaven
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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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"Patience is the art of hoping."Luc de Clapiers #blacksmith #shopdog A pic from last night.
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Larger sconce riveting setup is pretty much the same just a little larger and usin the vise. #blacksmith
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Stayin late finishing these sconces. Goodnight! #deadlines #blacksmith
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“A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.” – Bruce Lee#blacksmith #jig
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A version of adjustable bending forks that are used in a vise. #blacksmith #toolporn
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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
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“Words are plentiful; deeds are precious.” – Lech Walesa #blacksmith #handmade
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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
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How upsetting… #blacksmith #forged
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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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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.
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Turn and strike. Same technique for the powerhammer. My heat is a bit long… 3/8 round bar. #blacksmith #anvil #forged
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“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” – Albert Einstein #blacksmith
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“When you know what you want,and you want it badly enough,you’ll find a way to get it.” – Jim Rohn #blacksmith
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Working on the 2 larger sconces this weekend. Layout done now to get buuuusy. #noRestForTheWicked #blacksmith
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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
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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....
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"Remember the fires of hell that forged you. Charge!" -Captain Hook #blacksmith #forged
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“Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need.” -Voltaire
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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....
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“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” – Aristotle
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First move at putting pieces together and see what I need to modify. High fiddle factor. #blacksmith #handmade
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Forging hooks for the sconces. These take about 10min each and am starting with 1/2" round bar.
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Quick measurement today on location. #blacksmith #roadtrip
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Just about got all the pieces made for these three sconces. Still have a couple of hooks to forge. #blacksmith #handmade
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Small change on the scone. 3 bars instead of 4. Step work #blacksmith
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Good morning #blacksmithproblems #dirtysmith
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New stickers are on their way. I'll let ya know when they arrive #blacksmith #stickers
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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!
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Off to Canada you go. #blacksmith #chainbowl #badass #smooshed
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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...
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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...
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3/8×3/4 flat bar. As easy as 1-2-3… #blacksmith #handmade #prototype
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"No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness." -Aristotle #blacksmith #toolporn
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Good morning. Prototyping today… Some good and some I'm not showing lol. #blacksmith
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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
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"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...
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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...
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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
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Good morning. Didn't realize Axle's old coat was so small. He is diggin the new threads. #shopdog
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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...
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Various progress pics of today and up to the first fold. Wow…I need a beer. #blacksmith #handmade
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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...
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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....
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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
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Good morning. Here we go…#badass #blacksmith #powerhammer #chainbowl
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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
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From our family to yours! #blacksmith #christmas
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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
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Off to New Jersey, Texas and Utah you go. #blacksmith #aspenleafcharm
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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...
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"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
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Still my favorite dirty smith pic lol #dirtysmith
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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...
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14 – 12 hour days with 30+ feet of rail with all its challenges. Installed and headed home. Good day and good night. #blacksmith #custom
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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
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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...
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"A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do." -Walter Bagehot
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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
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Good night! Axle is ready to head out too. #shopdog
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Beveled edge on 1/4" plate under the hammer. #blacksmith #powerhammer
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Good morning. Second lambs tongue finished. #blacksmith #forged
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Working for a few more hours. But I'll still say Good Night! #blacksmith #forged