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Anatomy of a Nail Hole

Punching a nail hole seems simple, but plenty can go wrong
Most top forging hands will agree that making a perfect plain stamped shoe can be one of the toughest things to do. While it seems like this should be one of the easiest shoes to make, it isn’t.
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Firing Up The Forge

Building and maintaining coal and coke fires
Learning this skill was tough. I read every text I could find on the subject, but nothing spelled it out in a way I could get my mind around.
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Forging The Calgary Mail-In Shoes

Co-sponsored by the Calgary Stampede’s World Championship Blacksmiths’ Competition and American Farriers Journal, being part of this unique mail-in exercise will earn you $422 in valuable prizes and a fantastic opportunity to continue your forging skills education
They picked two great shoes for this year’s mail-in forging exercise that’s part of the Calgary Stampede’s World Championship Blacksmiths’ Competition.
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Forge Two Shoes And You’ll Earn $402 Of Valuable Farrier Supplies!

Mail in these two shoes and win a share of anywhere from $30,316 (with 50 entrants) to $50,466 (with 100 entrants) of valuable products donated by suppliers for this forging exercise
It's not a shoemaking contest or a traditional shoeing competition for elite shoers. Instead, we’re repeating a super educational opportunity that will allow you to see how your forging skills measure up against other farriers from around the world.
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Keep Your Tools In Tip-Top Shape

Hall-of-Famer Gordon Haight gives tips on maintaining shoeing tools
From anvils to rasps and hammers to nippers, keeping your shoeing tools in tip-top order and knowing how to properly use them can save both time and money in your shoeing business.
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Forge Welding Made Easy

 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.

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