Thursday, May 10, 2012

Forge



Today's picture was taken in 1939. It shows a blacksmith forging a piece of metal. Both men have a hammer, so I am not sure exactly who is doing what. The picture was taken in Lufkin, Texas.

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  1. The guy on the left is supplying the power stroke and the other one is doing the fine tuning.
    What I find strange is that they aren't using the anvil, but some other kind of block.

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    1. Yes, your quite right, guy on left supplying power and the one in charge --on the right marks where he wants it hit. The block is called a swage-block. (From the u/k)

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  2. Moe says, "OK Curly, I'll hold it and you give it a good whack with that sledge hammer."

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    1. That is suppose to be, When I nod my HEAD, give it a good whack

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  3. My husband, son and I visited Biltmore Estate not long ago and saw a blacksmith working there. It was fascinating to see him turn a plain piece of steel into something beautiful. He makes decorative pieces to be sold.

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  4. They are using a swedge block and swedge, kind of like a die, to round a piece most likely for a bolt or a hitch pin.

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  5. I love the way the anvil is anchored to the tree stump.

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