This particular time of a new era could easily go down in history as the age of Game of Thrones. All thanks to that notorious J. R. R. Martin and his careful studies of the middle ages. Which are now having a comeback. Big time.
It started with reenactments of old duels. Sword fights in full on knight gear, tournaments and tests of honor. Yes, this is a legitimate sport now. But another practice of the old is becoming more and more popular. A whole other way to go about DIY projects.
Yes, with the forge, anvil and a big old hammer. You don’t need to worry; it won’t make you look eccentric. Even if it does, life is one, life is short. Immerse yourself in what you love and what you find interesting.
Is it the good old craft of bending metal this way and that way until, PUF, it assembles in something completely new? Go for it!
You can’t be a blacksmith without all those tools to work with. And materials, of course. But, the only logical approach to this subject is to acquire the necessities. So let’s see what you’ll need.
In order to play and shape the metal, you will need a fire source. So, you’ll need a forge. Forge is just that, your fire source. You can buy one or you can build one, it’s up to you. Even buying one doesn’t necessarily have to cost you a fortune. A blower might take a few more bucks out of your pocket, though. But you’ll use it well so you can keep that fire going.
Anvil is another must have one. It doesn’t have to be that stereotypical thing that we all have in our minds. It can be an iron one, or it can be a chunk, a block, a boulder. It really doesn’t matter as long as it offers you a stable surface to work upon.
Which bring us to…
If you’ve decided to take upon the noble craft of blacksmithing, you cannot go without a hammer, or a few of them. You can experiment with different sizes, just make sure that the steel is hard enough to last you a long time. And endure some hard work.
You will also need tongs. They are excellent at handling very hot, just-got-out-of-the-fire, metals. Think of them as your extended hand capable of playing with fire.
It’s easier than one might think
All in all, creating your own little blacksmithing post really does not have to cost a lot. Research some more and be creative. Always be encouraged to go out of your comfort zone. And blacksmithing may just be the way to do it. So, let the games begin!