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"Blacksmith's Journal Vol.3" with Jerry Hoffman
Jerry Hoffman of The Blacksmith’s Journal fame, is featured in this video. In it the blacksmith will learn how to make tools including a slot punch, monkey tool, mortise and tenon, thumb latch, bar ornament, and decorative chain. The demonstrator effectively uses both illustrations and live demonstration to clarify his points, in much the same way as he lays out instructional articles in the magazine. Hoffman uses articles in past issues of the Journal as reference material for his...
"Broommaking for the Blacksmith" with Jeff Mohr
Jeff began his career in the arts and crafts business in 1976. Jeff apprenticed traditional broom making from a Carolina craftsman for a period of one year. He learned the different styles of tying brooms and creating unique wooden handles. In 1981, Jeff took up a hammer and began blacksmithing. He does interior and exterior architectural iron. In this tape Mr. Mohr shows us how to tie broom straw on to forged handles.
"Bugs and Birds - with Bill Epps"
Continuing in the vein of its companion video, Leaves and Flowers , this tape demonstrates some insect and bird motifs that can be used and adapted for whimsical decorative work and garden-themed pieces. Epps is shown creating critters such as a scorpion, a garden snail and a dragonfly, as well as a hummingbird and two types of swans. These projects range from the extremely simple to the complex , and offer a quick way to add lots of ornamental appeal to a decorative...
"Forged Animal Heads" with Bill Epps
This tape is the first in a series featuring Mesquite, Texas blacksmith, Bill Epps. A nice introductory collage of images, underscored by folk music and a quote form Longfellow’s “The Blacksmith”, gives the viewer a clue that these videos are going to be different from most of what’s out there on the how-to market. In this video the viewer learns the steps in creating several novelty animal heads out of square stock and a novelty horse out of a horseshoe (Epps began his career as a farrier)....
"Leaves and Flowers" with Bill Epps
Third in a series, this video features Bill Epps, a Mesquite, Texas blacksmith, demonstrating some of the techniques for making flower and leaf motifs for decorative projects. There are 5 leaves and 5 flowers demonstrated, including several ways of cutting veins into a leaf, folding and shaping the leaf form, and specific blossoms such as a rose, a morning glory, a dogwood blossom and a calla lily. Epps shows how to achieve surface texturing on leaves and petals to give a more naturalistic...
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