Basic Blacksmithing on CRAFT (video)

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Basic Blacksmithing on CRAFT (video)

In this week’s CRAFT Video, Meg Allan Cole and I took a trip to Brooklyn’s She-Weld studio for a special blacksmithing lesson from Alex Himmelbaum. He showed us how to taper and decoratively curl the end of a steel rod and rivet it to a hammered backplate. It’s the burliest paper towel holder we’ve seen, forged from hot steel. Head over to CRAFT for more photos.

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8 thoughts on “Basic Blacksmithing on CRAFT (video)

  1. Brad Huffman says:

    I went to a Forge Day at a local nature reserve recently. It was awesome. The blacksmiths were extremely open about their craft. I got a chance to swing the hammer a bit, and ended up making a steak turner with a similar scroll on the handle. I’m definitely interested in trying my hand at it again. One tip that the fellow I worked with gave me for an anvil was to look for a length of railroad. Because of the metal they are made of and all the compression they experience over their lifetime, they are extremely hard, and make great anvils. He also highly recommended starting with a small propane forge.

    1. Basic Blacksmithing on CRAFT (video) Becky Stern says:

      Awesome, thanks for the tips!

  2. Graeme Ross says:

    Great demo, easy to understand and an excellent first project for anyone.


    Very disappointed that no-one in the studio is wearing proper safety equipment. If you are smithing than you NEED to be wearing ear defenders, as well as didumium safety glasses. None told me about this stuff then I was starting and now I have eye and ear damage.

  3. Randy Moore says:

    yeah lady you totally “know” how to blacksmith now.

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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