Hud
My name is Gordon Huddleston ... I go by Hud - I am a Traditional Blacksmith ... my shop is an 1800's style village blacksmith shop ... have been blacksmithing for 30 years -
I concentrate on hand forged items used during the early frontier days of this great country ... my specialty is flintlock rifles - The build them lock, stock and barrel ... I hand forge my own locks, barrels, hardware and carve my own stocks -
When my wife passed away two years ago, I closed my shop ... have decided to try a get back into my work again - This is where I am now in my Blacksmithing journey ... this Forum is my first step in my renewed effort - Glad to be aboard ... I hope to learn some things - Thank you -

Hud
Old Time Blacksmith
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Mike Westbrook
Welcome HUD good to have you gun Smith and black Smith go hand and hand lock parts take a certain passion we can all learn from as well 
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Hud
Mike: Thank you ... appreciate your welcome - Any knowledge I may have gained over the years, will be happy to share ... I think it is important to keep the "old ways alive" -

Hud
Old Time Blacksmith
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jmccustomknives
Awesome.  Not many true gunsmiths out there.

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

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confederatemule
Mornin and welcome back to the trade.
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Hud
jmcustomknives
confederatemule

Thank you ... appreciate your welcome - Looking forward to reopening my shop ... hopefully I am not to rusty and can still run my hammer -

Hud
Old Time Blacksmith
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Yves
Such experience and expertise is outstanding, rare and calls for admiration . I, like a few of us for sure, would like to see pictures of your shop. Welcome sir.
The alternative to getting old is not interesting.
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Hud
Yves: Very kind words sir ... I am not sure I am that deserving - All, I can say is, over the years, I re-invented the wheel thousands of times trying to figure out how the Blacksmiths of the 1700's and 1800's thought, solved problems and performed their amazing work with so little ... and I am still learning - Just learning to forge-weld a 48" rifle barrel, without a helper, was  an awesome task in itself; i.e., making sure your welds are secure, keeping the barrel straight, not collapsing the pilot hole, etc. - I am in awe of what they did - ( Note: I do have some photographs of that process if interested in seeing )

At present, my shop is a mess ... having been shut down for two years - I just started yesterday working on getting it back to functioning order ... hopefully in a week or so this will be done ... then I can get back to working - It has been a long dry spell ... I will probably re-invent the wheel a few more times - Once I get set back up I will provide some images if so desired - You, must understand, my shop is very meager and Spartan ... no different than one of old ... not much to look at compared to today's Blacksmith shops - I made my own forge, tools, reaming and rifling machines, all my reamers ( rough and finishing ), et., etc. ... nothing modern here -

Again, thank you for your welcome and interest -

Hud
Old Time Blacksmith
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anvil
Welcome, kindred spirit. I too am a Smith of 30 some years and two years ago for various reasons put my hammer aside. 

I'm in the process of building  my new shop which I started last fall. It's the first time I've ever dealt with cabin fever. 
I've done everything from crafts fairs to restoration to architectural smithing.

But building a flintlock from "scratch " has been on my list since seeing "the gunsmith of Williamsburg". So, that will be my first project as a semi retired Smith. 
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Hud
anvil: Appreciate your welcome - I guess we have some experiences in common having been around the fire for 30 odd years ... I look back on a great many of them and just laugh - Glad you are also getting back into the craft ... it has a many benefits for the human spirit -

If I can provide you with any pointers on building flintlock rifles, I will be glad to do so - I have built upwards of a 100 and restored several hundred ... always willing to help if I can -

Good luck on your new shop -

Again, thanks for your welcome -

Hud
Old Time Blacksmith
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HHRo
"the old days" you just can't beat them. Imagine the Secrets that will forever be lost, the lonely smith and his ways. Beautiful. 
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Hud
HHRo: Yep, "the old days and their ways" are worth remembering and keeping alive - As I have said many times, "I marvel at all the old smiths accomplished working with so little" - I have spent 3/4 of a century studying what all they did and half that time hammering iron using the same material and tools as they used - I have learned a little over the course of time, but not as much as I would like ... it is a never ending process -

Good forging ... heat is your friend - Hud
Old Time Blacksmith
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neddidge
Good evening from Australia. Hey guys. I would like to ask something. An old mate of mine Peter Collins is retiring and he loves blacksmithing. I have started helping him with some editing and filming because he wants to keep busy and share his skills on youtube.  Am I allowed to share his cool little videos here once in a while. I just don't wanna be a spammer or whatever they are called. He has some great content and the videos are getting better all the time. Let me know please. I have shared them on here before but deleted them cause I wasn't sure. Just obviously don't want to upset the community, but he has some really cool ideas I think. Anyway. I will leave it up to you guys. Thanks
neddidge.
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jmccustomknives
neddidge wrote:
Good evening from Australia. Hey guys. I would like to ask something. An old mate of mine Peter Collins is retiring and he loves blacksmithing. I have started helping him with some editing and filming because he wants to keep busy and share his skills on youtube.  Am I allowed to share his cool little videos here once in a while. I just don't wanna be a spammer or whatever they are called. He has some great content and the videos are getting better all the time. Let me know please. I have shared them on here before but deleted them cause I wasn't sure. Just obviously don't want to upset the community, but he has some really cool ideas I think. Anyway. I will leave it up to you guys. Thanks
neddidge.


Yes, share them.  

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

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