Tooling

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Dies for guillotine used to shape tube stock.
Dies for guillotine
Dies for guillotine

Making one’s own tooling is one of the most amazing and inventive aspects of blacksmithing. This post only shows some of the tooling I’ve made over the years, but in reality I’m constantly making my own tools and feel excited to use the personalized tools of other blacksmith-friends.

Tools used to sculpt eye sockets
Tools used to sculpt eye sockets

The history of tool making is amazing and diverse. Many anthropologists and historians still question how humans were able to develop the skill of annealing, hardening and tempering metals to make efficient and long-lasting tools. The history of this science is interwoven in alchemy, war and trade, which I hope to touch on in depth in later posts.

Hot cut for a blacksmithing class.
Detail of color change that occurs during heat treating.

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