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Editor's note: Because American Farriers Journal readers asked for it, we are starting this series of articles that deals with the basics of the horseshoeing profession.
Written both for the newcomer to the shoeing field and the veteran farrier who wants a quick review of shoeing techniques, this series of articles is being written by Chris Gregory, an American Farrier’s Association Certified Journeyman Farrier, a member of the Worshipful Company of Farriers in Great Britain and the operator of the Heartland Horseshoeing School at Lamar, Mo.
By Chris Gregory
When you first learn to forge, it seems like there’s always something looming in the distance that can only be achieved through great sacrifice, effort, determination and luck. For many, this is forge welding.
I can’t tell you how many people I know who have difficulty learning this process—myself included.
I first tried to learn forge welding by reading the directions on a can of Sure-Weld. That certainly doesn’t compare to having someone give you step-by-step advice and holding your hand the first few times you try.
This article makes the process a little easier by presenting a simple project. The horseshoe sandwich, or billet, used to be a very common project to teach young farrier students in the days when everyone used coal forges. But if you are patient, it can be done just as well in a gas fire.
This is the second project my horseshoeing school students are required to do. By doing this at an early stage…