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(BBC)   'cause I'm just a teenage blacksmith, baby. Got an anvil to bend my iron, baby. I'll forge a scrap metal bottle opener, baby, for you   (bbc.co.uk) divider line
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2021-04-19 6:46:17 PM  
The Guildford student, now 17, is self-taught

Translation: watches a bunch of YouTube vids

/I'll admit, a lot of them are fascinating
 
2021-04-19 7:01:49 PM  

gopher321: The Guildford student, now 17, is self-taught

Translation: watches a bunch of YouTube vids

/I'll admit, a lot of them are fascinating


Or Forged in Fire on Netflix
 
2021-04-19 7:47:42 PM  

qorkfiend: gopher321: The Guildford student, now 17, is self-taught

Translation: watches a bunch of YouTube vids

/I'll admit, a lot of them are fascinating

Or Forged in Fire on Netflix


He's English, so presumably whatever show Alex Steel does over there.

/there's something quite soothing about watching a power hammer smash and shape steel
 
2021-04-19 7:49:34 PM  
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Maybe he aspires to become a coyote
 
2021-04-19 7:50:34 PM  

gopher321: Translation: watches a bunch of YouTube vids


That's really only one step removed from being taught in person.  The act of watching someone else do it, then swinging the hammer for yourself, is really the only way to learn that particular art.

I wish youtube had been around when I starting smithing.  I had a good teacher, but time in the smithy is precious and I could have been learning more if I wasn't waiting for his time while he worked with other students.  Prepping via youtube then getting more time on the anvil during our work sessions would have been awesome.
 
2021-04-19 7:52:19 PM  
Under a spreading chestnut-tree
The village smithy stands;
The smith, a mighty man is he,
With large and sinewy hands;
And the muscles of his brawny arms
Are strong as iron bands. rubber bands?
 
2021-04-19 7:53:02 PM  
What a dirt bag

/ nice headline subby
// song in my head now
/// F U Subby
 
2021-04-19 7:54:54 PM  
Somewhere,
In a dusty, long-forgotten bar,
A loose huddle of the long-departed members of Wheatus suddenly perked up, being only 2 more mentions away from being free of that wizard's curse...
 
2021-04-19 7:55:32 PM  
Started bladesmithing back in the late 80's. What I would have given to have Youtube then. Hell, took half an hour to process a nipple bump on computer. No bladesmiths (that I knew of) in the vicinity.
Took a LOOONG time to get forgewelding down by trial and error.
 
2021-04-19 8:01:10 PM  

cynicalbastard: Started bladesmithing back in the late 80's. What I would have given to have Youtube then. Hell, took half an hour to process a nipple bump on computer. No bladesmiths (that I knew of) in the vicinity.
Took a LOOONG time to get forgewelding down by trial and error.


I started in the late '90s and it was still tough.  A few tech-savvy smiths had started to put up photos of their work with in-progress shots.  Sometimes, they even wrote about how they achieved a particular thing, but I spent a lot of time trying to synthesize that into practical knowledge.
 
2021-04-19 8:03:19 PM  

gopher321: The Guildford student, now 17, is self-taught

Translation: watches a bunch of YouTube vids

/I'll admit, a lot of them are fascinating


Buddy, if he's figured out how to blacksmith from Youtube, you have no business degrading it.

/Blacksmithing is hard. Not just in terms of muscle, but because you're literally shaping metal with fire. If he learned that from Youtube, all power to the kid.
 
2021-04-19 8:04:06 PM  

gopher321: The Guildford student, now 17, is self-taught

Translation: watches a bunch of YouTube vids

/I'll admit, a lot of them are fascinating


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Or TV. He'll be in high demand during the Zombie Apocalypse.
 
2021-04-19 8:08:14 PM  
This thread needs more Iron Maiden, maybe?
 
2021-04-19 8:10:25 PM  

Herbie555: gopher321: Translation: watches a bunch of YouTube vids

That's really only one step removed from being taught in person.  The act of watching someone else do it, then swinging the hammer for yourself, is really the only way to learn that particular art.

I wish youtube had been around when I starting smithing.  I had a good teacher, but time in the smithy is precious and I could have been learning more if I wasn't waiting for his time while he worked with other students.  Prepping via youtube then getting more time on the anvil during our work sessions would have been awesome.


cynicalbastard: Started bladesmithing back in the late 80's. What I would have given to have Youtube then. Hell, took half an hour to process a nipple bump on computer. No bladesmiths (that I knew of) in the vicinity.
Took a LOOONG time to get forgewelding down by trial and error.


My favourites are the restoration videos: old cleavers, bread slicers, rusted machinery. The ones where so-and-so is MAKING THE ZORGMAG BLADE FROM WARHAMMERRRRRR SO COOOOOL seem pretty ridiculous.
 
2021-04-19 8:13:26 PM  
Don't anvils have a pointy end? Couldn't it be used as a stabbing weapon? Better ban them.
 
2021-04-19 8:16:06 PM  

Amelia Earhart's Black Box: Don't anvils have a pointy end? Couldn't it be used as a stabbing weapon? Better ban them.


Anything's an anvil if you're brave enough.

- Abraham Lincoln.  "The Ol' Rail-Splitter"
 
2021-04-19 8:35:48 PM  

gopher321: The Guildford student, now 17, is self-taught

Translation: watches a bunch of YouTube vids

/I'll admit, a lot of them are fascinating


That's how I learned to play the violin.  Just because the platform has a ton of useless racists, troll, flat earthers, and Qidiots doesn't mean you can't get valuable info.
 
2021-04-19 8:38:40 PM  
i was following this somehow a while ago and laughing at he cost of a 5 dollar bottle opener
which in itself is hardly even necessary anymore

at like 70 bucks or pounds or whatever

but i was also happy to see people pay it so the guy could succeed

everything about it was real and fun
 
2021-04-19 8:41:45 PM  
Throwback Monday...sure why not.


Wheatus - Teenage Dirtbag
Youtube FC3y9llDXuM
 
2021-04-19 8:45:38 PM  
In 1980, when I was a HS freshman, I took metal shop, and it was awesome! We  each got a 12" iron bar, maybe 1/2 square? Using the forge, we had to pound the ends to a point and then bend the thing into a figure eight. Also go to do gas and arc welding in that class. Lots of fun! i wish I'd kept the iron piece. I do still have the box I made in wood shop that year tho.
 
2021-04-19 9:24:54 PM  
Dude, way to miss the perfect song for this...

The Breeders - Divine Hammer (Official Video)
Youtube tUiP5eyx3NM
 
2021-04-19 9:31:55 PM  

Herbie555: gopher321: Translation: watches a bunch of YouTube vids

That's really only one step removed from being taught in person.  The act of watching someone else do it, then swinging the hammer for yourself, is really the only way to learn that particular art.

I wish youtube had been around when I starting smithing.  I had a good teacher, but time in the smithy is precious and I could have been learning more if I wasn't waiting for his time while he worked with other students.  Prepping via youtube then getting more time on the anvil during our work sessions would have been awesome.


The only thing I have found that doesn't translate across a video are the various colors - straw, cherry red etc.  Even seeing those colors in person you need to see them dozens, if not hundreds, of times in order to have any sort of accuracy. Throw in different ambient lighting and you can easily move that into the thousands.  So much of forging is about eyeballing glowing metal.
 
2021-04-19 9:50:22 PM  

dennysgod: Throwback Monday...sure why not.


[YouTube video: Wheatus - Teenage Dirtbag]


Seriously. Thanks for the earworm, Subs.
Fun song from a band with a funny name.
 
2021-04-19 10:40:47 PM  

qorkfiend: gopher321: The Guildford student, now 17, is self-taught

Translation: watches a bunch of YouTube vids

/I'll admit, a lot of them are fascinating

Or Forged in Fire on Netflix


I love Forged in Fire so if he winds up on the show I'll cheer for him... if I remember this article which is unlikely.
 
2021-04-19 10:44:14 PM  

qorkfiend: gopher321: The Guildford student, now 17, is self-taught

Translation: watches a bunch of YouTube vids

/I'll admit, a lot of them are fascinating

Or Forged in Fire on Netflix


Or played video games..

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2021-04-19 10:54:47 PM  
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Yeah, I'm a blacksmith, that's the ticket.
 
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2021-04-20 12:02:07 AM  
I recommend Green Beetle. He doesn't post often, but he shows his successes and failures as he learns more. He does some canister damascus forging. It is neat to see how things turn out. I really liked the fish hook knife he made. Fun stuff.

Tangential to smithing, machining channels. I highly recommend This Old Tony. A machinist and dad joke channel with fantastic editing. I wish he put out more videos, but pretty sure he still has a full time job outside Youtube.
 
2021-04-20 2:19:11 AM  

Herbie555: cynicalbastard: Started bladesmithing back in the late 80's. What I would have given to have Youtube then. Hell, took half an hour to process a nipple bump on computer. No bladesmiths (that I knew of) in the vicinity.
Took a LOOONG time to get forgewelding down by trial and error.

I started in the late '90s and it was still tough.  A few tech-savvy smiths had started to put up photos of their work with in-progress shots.  Sometimes, they even wrote about how they achieved a particular thing, but I spent a lot of time trying to synthesize that into practical knowledge.


Well, of course, we had it tough. We used to 'ave to get up out of shoebox at twelve o'clock at night and lick road clean wit' tongue. We had two bits of cold gravel, worked twenty-four hours a day at mill for sixpence every four years, and when we got home our Dad would slice us in two wit' bread knife.

/subby
 
2021-04-20 2:52:25 AM  

Pert: Herbie555: cynicalbastard: Started bladesmithing back in the late 80's. What I would have given to have Youtube then. Hell, took half an hour to process a nipple bump on computer. No bladesmiths (that I knew of) in the vicinity.
Took a LOOONG time to get forgewelding down by trial and error.

I started in the late '90s and it was still tough.  A few tech-savvy smiths had started to put up photos of their work with in-progress shots.  Sometimes, they even wrote about how they achieved a particular thing, but I spent a lot of time trying to synthesize that into practical knowledge.

Well, of course, we had it tough. We used to 'ave to get up out of shoebox at twelve o'clock at night and lick road clean wit' tongue. We had two bits of cold gravel, worked twenty-four hours a day at mill for sixpence every four years, and when we got home our Dad would slice us in two wit' bread knife.

/subby


So, did you get any good sharpening tips from your Da?
 
2021-04-20 3:04:50 AM  
The UK is still one of the few places where you can be formally trained in architectural blacksmithing.
This kid has a leg up - he won't be dressing up in funny costumes and making crappy looking swords out of rebar for gamers and  tourists for very long.
 
2021-04-20 8:22:57 AM  
be careful Truck san might try to isekai you.
 
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