Rumpleforge
Hi all!

I know I'm a bit late to the party but I am super amateur and have a reasonably simple project I'd like to do.
I couldn't find any rules in regards to what we can and can't do, so I thought I would double check.
Could someone please confirm that its just a free for all based on our individual skill level? Or if not, point me to the guidelines?

Thanks!
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NorrinRadd
Hey, as far as the rules go you can make anything, just do your best. Here is the rules post:

http://www.theironforgefire.com/post/iith-rules-and-guidelines-7326606?pid=1286456568

If Hank or anyone has anything else to add feel free.
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Hank Rearden
Yeah it's real simple. Have fun and be nice. The next thing I would say is challenge yourself to try something new. Show pictures of your work a brief description of what you're doing, what works and what didn't work and what you would do different. That's about it. Have fun.
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Rumpleforge
Sweet, thanks! Well in that case:

I have been using the same awful pair of flat bit tongs for the last year.
They are made from 20mm square bar and I was too lazy when I first started to draw out reins so they weigh about 2kg (doesnt sound like much but they get taxing after a while).
They have cold shuts in the bit end and really poorly aligned grooves too (for the small tound stock to slot in).

I would like my first IITH to be a pretty new pair of tongs. Anyone who has a preferred method for making them, I would be open to suggestions.

What I have:
- a gas forge that I cant seem to make reach welding heat, regardless of
- plenty of different sized square, round, and flat stock
- simple hammers, punches, chisels, and lots of power tools including a stick welder

What I dont have:
- hardy tools, or any fullering equipment
- forge welding temps (feel free to volunteer anything I can troubleshoot to improve this)

I have 1 day off in the next 8 days, but after that I have a streak of time off that I can use to this end.
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NorrinRadd
Tongs would be s great project. If you haven't seen it yet i suggest the tong video by Brian Brazeal for inspiration:



Along with this video by "World Champion Blacksmith" channel. Side note this video was the inspiration for me to make a small hot cutter too, notice how small the tooling is compared to most of the vintage stuff you find:

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Rumpleforge
Cheers! I have seen that pro video before and it blew my mind. It seems like a lot of the stuff would take significantly longer or just be unachievable without a striker though.
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jmccustomknives
The idea is to promote the art and brotherhood of blacksmithing.  Make what you can, something you'd be proud to own yourself.  Push your knowledge and limits.  We'll be here if you need any tips. 

Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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jmccustomknives
Ah, and Aussie... [wink]  There might be a problem unless we can find someone on your side else of the world that wants to take part and trade with you.  I haven't had the pleasure of sending anything to Australia, it is on my bucket list, but sending something to South Africa was rather pricey.  lol.  Plus, customs may confiscate some of our builds.  I do know of a gentleman from Tasmania that's a member, maybe we can get him on board.

Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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Rumpleforge
Yeah unfortunately I dont know any smiths down here that would be interested. Lots of farriers but nobody thats keen to branch out. I am keeping my eye out.
I would generally be ok fronting the shipping costs but at present I'm saving for a house. Turns out those things arent cheap...
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jmccustomknives
I'll do a little research on shipping.  I'm pretty sure my offering would get hung up in customs.  Australia is almost as strict as the UK when it comes to those things.

Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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