Mar 27, 2017
Yup, this is my 100th episode. Bob Menard from the New
England Blacksmiths just asked me the other day did you envision
the 100th when you started? The answer is NO Way!
The reason I started this podcast 3 years ago was to help create
a tighter knit blacksmith community around the world, to aid and
encourage forging new connections by having casual conversations
every week so we can learn a little something about our
peers. I thought I would talk about a few of the connections
I’ve made over the past 3 years and about some of the connections
that a few listeners have made by listening to the podcast.
Then I’ll jump right into another JayBurn Journal (an article
written by Jay Burnham Kidwell) about different kinds of forging
connections such as riveting, hot metal wrapping, mortise and tenon
Oxy/acetelyne, oxy/propane gas welding
Oxy/acetelyne, oxy/propane gas brazing and soldering
Mortise and Tenon
Collars and wraps
Nuts and bolts
Socket bearing connections
Collaring – to determine the length of the collar material:
measure around the pieces to be collared plus 2 ½ times the
thickness of the collar material. This will be the cut length
before beveling the ends.
Square Tenons – Upset the end of the bar a ½”, then do another
upset just under the first upset, use a side set or spring fuller
to establish the tenon and the shoulder. Then draw out the tenon,
even up the shoulder edges with a monkey tool and check fir size
and fit with the mortise. The tenon should extend about 1 ½
times the diameter of the tenon through the mortise hole.
Pass- through connections – using a slitting chisel and a swage
block that is a little bigger than the pass through stock.
Stuart Hill’s connection using a square tube that is twice the
thickness of the pieces to be joined.
Arno Muller’s corner connection – forge a square corner with an
upset at the 90 degree bend and then forge out a tongue from the
outside corner. Repeat this with another piece of square
stock and join the two tongues in an opposite fashion.
Oval Rivets by Mark Aspery – from his Volume III book titled,
“Mastering the Fundamentals of Traditional Joinery” available at