Links for Blacksmithing, Metalsmithing and Bladesmithing
Postville Blacksmith Shop - See our shop!
Virtual junkyard - Great all around site - buy and sell used equipment, forum etc. I've been an supporter of the Virtual Junkyard for almost three years.
American Bladesmithing Society - Home of the School for forging knives.
Don Fogg's Bladesmithing site - Best all around site for making knives and swords. Lots of great information in a beautifully presented site. Best knifemaking forum on the internet.
Ron Reil's Site for Fly Presses and gas forges. A great site with a growing page on fly presses and also building gas forges. Well worth your time for a vist or if you are considering a fly press or building your own gas forge.
Anvilfire - A great blacksmithing resource site. Demonstrations online and lots of interesting stuff from around the world of blacksmithing.
North Texas Blacksmith Association - A great organization who sponsors "Ironfest". Ironfest will be held again in Grapevine, TX this year. Great site lots of good information on their site.
IronFest - Details on this years conference on May 30th - June 1st. Don't miss it! Great Demos, New and Used Tools, nice people, good food, what more can you want?
LAMA- Louisana Metalsmiths Association - Great web site with shop tips, How To's and members gallery. I check this site often for new information and their monthly online newsletter.
Mathew Rutz - Horsefeathers and Hammermen site - One of the best sites on the internet. Contains lots of photos of old equipment ie: forges, wrought ironwork from Europe, anvils, Vienna Locksmithand everything blacsmith etc. Don't miss out on this huge and fun site to visit.
Lincoln Welding - A lot of articles on "How To" stuff.
Jeff Fetty's Blacksmith site & using his flypress - The amazing abilities of a flypress in a professional blacksmith's shop
Carpenter Steel - Great site for buying tool steel online. Check out their overstocked section for bargains. They have O1, L6, S7, H-13 and all the other goodies you need.
FedEx Freight - My freight company for the continental US and for deliveries to Canadian freight companies also.
The National Ornamental Metal Museum - One of the great resources for metalsmithing in the US. Best view of the mighty Mississippi, anywhere. Excellent exhibits all year. Don't miss out on the "Forging on the River" and Repair Days.
Artist-Blacksmith Association of North America-Abana - The national organization for blacksmiths in North America. Join Today - lots of benefits, including two high quality magazines and an informative web site etc.Also this is the year of the national conference in Wisconsin. Go to the abana web site for more details.
Larry Zoller's Site for gas forge burners etc. - Larry has stainless steel burner components, insulation, etc. He also has another site to check out.
Lindsey Books - Great out of print books on blacksmithing, metalwork, foundry work, machinists books.
Metallurgical Heritage Of India - The Hindus excel in the manufacture of iron. It is impossible to find anything to surpass the edge from Indian steel. The Indians were the inventors of the real damascus steel, Wootz. They also have the larges forge welded structure in the world. See a photo of it at this interesting site.
Engineering Forging Site - Good technical information on forging.
George H. Cook - Great heat treatment site with technical data on hardening and tempering steel with diagrams etc.
Victoria and Albert Museum in the UK - Extensive collection of ironwork.
Free Online Blacksmith Book - Access a book written around the turn of the century for free.
A Primer On Kinfe Sharpening - A very detailed site that is good for all edged tools. Lots of detailed information on stone selection, edge geometry etc
Cape Forge - A bladesmith who makes custom woodworking knives, drawknives, chisels etc. A family business and Mike the owner is a very friendly and helpful guy. All tools are unconditionally guaranteed. Mike also maintains two excellent pages on sharpening and stropping edged tools. The links are right below.
How to Make Springs - Very comprehensive site on making springs. A very useful site on this very useful tool - the spring.
How to Make Tongs - Excellent article with very good photos on making tongs.
Rusty Dog Forge - Check out this site. Very nice work. Nice compact shop proves you don't need a giant work place to turn out quality work.
The Fabricator Article Archive - Lots of good information, a lot of it is oriented towards fabricators, but some good info for all metalworkers.
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