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Knifemaking or Blacksmith Forge Tutorial by Logan-Pearce Knifemaking or Blacksmith Forge Tutorial by Logan-Pearce
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Making a coal forge for blacksmithing or bladesmithing. This tutorial shows how my wooden coal forges are made. It doesn't require a welder or anything like that. I find that it is the cheapest way to build a forge, just short of digging a hole in the ground. lol.

I will be using this forge to make most of the knives in my up coming tutorials. :D




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ComX-1 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015
I once made a coal forge out of big old building bricks. It looked kind of like an oven. I must say that the temperature rises faster if it's in a partially closed space. Instead of dirt you could use grog clay. Also, you might want to use an old vacuum cleaner instead of hairdryer, it'll last you longer and gives better wind. Just plug the pipe in the other end or it'll start sucking in heat XD
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killedbycreatures Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Professional General Artist
I love the idea but PVC is Highly Toxic when burned. I think metal tubing would be safer. 
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Logan-Pearce Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
The pvc doesn't even get warm and none of them have ever burnt. I've been using them for years. Metal is always a better choice. Make sure not to use galvanized steel, bc it is deadly if ever burnt. But again, it won't ever get hot at all. So you should be good with whatever you decide to make it with. 
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spark815 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014
hi logan.
                great forge.im gonna buildt mine on your specs..
but the one i made dosnt seam to get hot enough,i can get metal to cherry or bright red .but it means  a lot of hammering.what can i do to increase the heat...
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Logan-Pearce Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
What are you using for fuel and air? The hair dryer should be pushing up enough air to melt metal, mine does. Ask me how I know. ;) 

It might be the type of fuel you are burning though. I burn coal, not charcoal, to get it this hot. 
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DorainGray Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think im going to use this method to make my first 'try' at forging a knife. thanks for the upload.
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Logan-Pearce Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
No problem!
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Dreadcross Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
As a guy who re-makes his forge every year this is some good work.

Clever use of the PVC by adding a spacer. I usually just use a metal pipe. This could have saved me so much headache.

I have gone to a full brick forge with fire bricks on the inner most layer. I make a long not too wide area for the coal that works real well for the large projects I do. And is much easier to maintain/clean.

I also cover the top with wood to keep the heat in.
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Keifeto-McCormack Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Student General Artist
im thinking i may end up doing this as i have the space in the backyard to start setting up an area to do it. also thought of an alternate use for this forge which would be a small fire bit for late night warmth while star gazing (i live on the edge of town so this is plausible for me ^_^
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Logan-Pearce Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
lol! I could be used for that. The good thing is you can move it wherever you want. So if you don't forge for a while, you can just put it up. :D
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Keifeto-McCormack Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Student General Artist
i know right! its really cool. lookin forward to your tutorials (because of this one picture i've decided i really want to learn this xD)
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SkyfireDragon Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014   Artisan Crafter
Good and informative!
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Logan-Pearce Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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SkyfireDragon Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014   Artisan Crafter
Your very welcome! Keep up the good work!
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SingleUnique Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014
Thank you!
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Logan-Pearce Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm glad you like it!
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art-engine Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
don'T know how long i have been waiting for this! Awesome!
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Logan-Pearce Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D I'm glad you like it!
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JURDGLIUSI Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
Ill keep this in mind....
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Logan-Pearce Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I hope it comes in handy!
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JURDGLIUSI Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
it have to be... 
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gabrielcrimson Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
amazing. even if I never to use it, i'd be tempted to make this forge anyway lol.
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Logan-Pearce Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
They are fun!
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Cloud-Dragonz Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Very cool, extremely simple to love it =)
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Logan-Pearce Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm glad you like it!
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Cloud-Dragonz Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Always love simple home brew solutions, I was impressed with the plastic pvc pipes too, I would have gone copper myself :)
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Logan-Pearce Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oddly enough, I don't have copper pipes in this size around my area. I was aiming for the cheapest way for other people. If I didn't want a portable one, I would go with brick for the whole thing and a real blower or bellows. I loooove the way they look! 
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Cloud-Dragonz Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I guess melting pipes wouldn't be an issue since your outside or EXTREMELY well ventilated for the coal anyway.
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Logan-Pearce Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh the heat should never touch the pipes. Mainly because the air is pushing the heat away from the pipes. The only chance it would have to melt them would be when you turn it off, but the layers of dirt keep it far enough away that it won't bother it. The blacksmith I knew used only wood and like an inch of clay. He had multiple forges, but for some reason he preferred the wooden ones. lol
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Lance177 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Knife making tutorials? Can't wait. :D
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Logan-Pearce Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's going to be fun!
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GioSmith5th Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
This is sooooo useful! More tutorials! <3
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Logan-Pearce Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
More will come! ;)
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Paul-Nasca Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
Wow! Thanks for showing this Logan!
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Logan-Pearce Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's my pleasure! :D
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Averant Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! What a great tutorial! Thanks for sharing. Logan! :D You're doing your grandfather proud, I suspect. :)
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Logan-Pearce Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Right? I thought it was a pretty fun one. :D
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Averant Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed! :D
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VirtuousSoul Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey!  This is helpful as I've been meaning to get around to making a coal forge soon.  (though I want to have a bellows instead of the hairdryer.) :D
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Logan-Pearce Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Awesome! Bellows are sweet. Especially if you are going for that old time look. 
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VirtuousSoul Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aye I am. ;P  I had made a quick air compressor one in the past, but never actually got around to using it. ^^;
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RoseOfGod Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so cool.
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Logan-Pearce Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D Thank you!
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Bad-People Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
I try this at home! I am a dummy! 

All I need is the hairdryer.
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Wookieoftheyear Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
get one with a cooling function, or else they burn out with extended use. Just tape down the cool air button
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Logan-Pearce Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I just got a $9 one, pretty much the cheapest one I could find. 
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