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Backyard Blacksmithing ~ by WoodlandsTV

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Here we see Allan Course (the Backyard Blacksmith) at the Bentley Woodfair, demonstrating how to make a simple but effective hook from a six inch nail using an inexpensive, mobile forge set-up - ideal for woodland working. Allan`s skill is apparent and his enthusiasm is infectious - as he encourages us to have a go, keep safe and enjoy! http://www.bentley.org.uk/ An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv

Posted in: Tools, Traditional Skills ~ On: 11 August, 2017

10 comments so far

August 11, 2017

I want to blacksmith, but i keep getting hung up not having the "right tools" thanks for the eye opener.

Daniel Lukes
August 11, 2017

Very inspirational! Been needing to make my own carving gouges for a while, thanks for the tips.

Ron W
August 11, 2017

Couldn't I just hammer the nail into the tree and hang stuff on it?

skeinwinder 73
August 11, 2017

This guy comes across as a bit of a noggin, bending a nail is not blacksmithing!!!, just use a blowtorch , and yep just bang a nail into a tree !!!.

Emmet Byrne
August 12, 2017

Join the blacksmithing for beginners page on facebook. you can get a good grasp on what you need vs what you want very quickly. Just ask some questions and the guys and girls there will be more than happy to help you out 🙂

Jimmy A
August 14, 2017

Skeinwinder. It is blacksmithing, just not very complicated. I’ve seen him at other shows and he is good – my guess is that the film people said that they wanted a five-minute film only and so he had to choose something very quick and easy.

Allan Course
August 17, 2017

I am the blacksmith in the video and I'd just like to explain why I showed something as simple as a tree-hook from a six-inch nail. Firstly, my passion is to inspire people to have a go themselves – if I had demonstrated something like a reverse twist on a square section or a helical basket split it would be well beyond the capabilities of a beginner and could put people off from trying. Secondly, the film guys wanted me to make something from start to finish in a very short time, so it had to be something quick and easy.

Niall Wildwoode
August 19, 2017

You must check out Simon Summers, heritage blacksmith. He makes astonishing stuff using a very primitive forge setup, and is a master coppersmith too.

kitty Lott
November 22, 2017

Thankyou Alan! you did exactly that! Its amazing to see how you can begin blacksmithing in your own back garden this easily

Rectal Swig
November 27, 2017

Allan Course cheers m8

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