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Body Position Is Critical To Better Forging

Consistent stance and arm control will improve your accuracy and efficiency at the anvil
Attention is often paid to forging temperatures, hammer blows and anvils, and rightly so. There are other aspects of forging that are equally important, yet don’t get as much consideration. “A lot of people have problems because they’re just all over the place,” Sacramento, Calif., farrier John Williams told attendees at a late summer forging clinic at The Horseshoe Barn. “They’re just spread out all over their anvil. They throw their stock up there, any old place, and then they just take their hammer to the stock.”
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Test Aluminum’s Heat Before Working With It

Aluminum holds its heat well, but are you working it at the correct temperature?
Aluminum stock remains a popular choice for a variety of horses, primarily due to its lighter weight. Another advantage is that aluminum can be shaped hot or cold. While the typical thinking might be that racing plates and lighter shoes will be shaped cold, and heavier aluminum shoes like those used for hunters and jumpers will be put in the forge, that also proves to be a matter of personal preference.
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Mind Where You Rest Your Hammer

When forging or modifying shoes, where do you rest your hammer on the anvil? Where you set it down could influence your efficiency and be detrimental to your tool, says Drummond, Wis., farrier Roy Bloom of Bloom Forge.
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Improve Your Tool Efficiency

Proper care and use will make your job easier and boost your bottom line

The earliest evidence of human cultural behavior is the manufacture of tools.

Early man was developing tools to make tasks easier for at least 2.6 million years. Oldowan tools — the oldest-known stone tool industry — have been unearthed throughout Africa with the oldest found in Gona, Ethiopia.


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Forging Rosebuds And Learning Hammer Control

Georgia farrier earns extra income while practicing useful techniques
Farrier Hannah Simms demonstrated some simple ornamental blacksmithing techniques during Danny Ward’s Eastern Farrier Conference in early November of 2015. The Statesboro, Ga., farrier says that mastering the techniques involved not only helped improve her hammer control, it has also provided her with a nice source of additional income.
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Steve Bloom

The renowned farrier and businessman will be remembered as a true gentleman and innovator
On Jan. 11, Steve Bloom of Buckner, Ky., passed away at the age of 70. Bloom, born on Oct. 29, 1944, in Red Bank, N.J., was the founder and president of Grand Circuit Products LLC.
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As Resilient As His Anvil
I felt inspired when I wrote this little narrative. I hope you like it.
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Saving Time At The Anvil

Ohio farrier sees quick results after 3 days with Pennsylvania shoer

Ten minutes.

It’s not a lot of time in the grand scheme of things. When a client informs you that their barn is only 10 minutes away, very few will bat an eye for such an easy commute.

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