BBQ Forge Update – Son’s First Blade
Here’s a link to my earlier post on getting the BBQ forge working.
We’ve since made the modifications – switched the charcoal and lava rocks to opposite sides and inserted the bellows pipe further into the forge. The has taken a lot of weight off the bellows (hair dryer) and we can now wire it under the BBQ shelf. We also tried lump wood charcoal instead of the briquettes. The lump wood charcoal seems to burn quicker but much hotter; in other words, it does a better job but is more expensive.
So my son made his first attempt at forging something and thought a small knife would be a good place to start. It didn’t turn out as well as he’d hoped but not too bad for his first every attempt. And he learned a great deal from the exercise. All in all, I’d say from making everything ourselves and learning everything from YouTube videos, a success!
Here’s his video of his first creation.
In addition, he’s still taking welding classes and loving it. He’s also started fishing again! He hasn’t done that in almost 20 years. I’d like to think my prepping activities have awakened him to the “real world”. Oh, he still plays his games and spends too much time online, but this is progress – real progress!
Sorry for the lite posting lately folks, but my son’s new awakening takes precedence over everything else. Getting him away from his computer, going outside, learning skills that will benefit him and, as a bonus, they fit neatly into my prepping plans, is a game changer for us.
Next up, we’re going to build an anvil stand for him and maybe put some wheels on the forge. After that, if he keeps at it, we’ll put up a workshop out back for him.
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