The photo above is of tmib_seattle’s home-built gas forge — something I’ve been considering for some time. My father was into blacksmithing, and you’ve heard his (and my) friend Ray Robinson on the Tool Talk podcast before talking about how to get started. The problem for me is that my shop space isn’t condusive to coal burning.
This is definitely the answer, especially if you’re into bladesmithing as the space inside is a bit small for table tops and such. I’ve seen some commercially-made models that are more portable, but tmib_seattle’s looks more solid and usable.
Check out the Toolmonger Flickr pool for photos of the forge in operation and pictures of some of his other tools, including a sheet-metal brake and an English wheel. And if you get the chance, sign up and drop us some pictures of your favorite tools and projects.
Toolmonger’s Flickr Pool [Flickr]
(Thanks, tmib_seattle for sharing your pictures, and hopefully you can stop by and tell us a little more about your forge in comments.)