Time to get a handle on the weed whacker project from the other day. Using a ready made shovel handle and adding a forged socket from pipe, this project comes to completion

Black Bear Forge is a small one person blacksmith shop located in southern Colorado. My current focus is shifting away from commissions and customer orders and towards education through these videos on YouTube. Thank you for watching

To provide financial support use one of the two links below.
Or you may set up a monthly contribution through Patreon

Mailing address:
Black Bear Forge
P.O. Box 4
Beulah, CO 81023

If you are curious about some of my other interests, you may like my second channel
John Switzer

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Below you will find useful links that will help you in your journey as a blacksmith.

My blacksmiths apron
http://www.Forge-Aprons.com use code BBF

RZmask 99.5% dust mask

To find more information in blacksmithing in the US or to search for your local ABANA affiliate group visit.

Welcome to ABANA

Blacksmithing tools and supplies
Self contained air hammers – http://www.saymakhammers.com/
General blacksmithing supplies – https://www.oleoacresfarriersupply.com/
General blacksmithing supplies – http://www.piehtoolco.com/
General blacksmithing supplies – http://www.centaurforge.com/
General blacksmithing supplies – https://www.blacksmithsdepot.com/
General blacksmithing supplies – http://www.blacksmithsupply.com/
Square head bolts and lags – http://www.blacksmithbolt.com/
New anvils – https://www.oldworldanvils.com/
New anvils – http://www.nimbaanvils.com/
New anvils – http://fontaninianvilandtool.com/
Industrial supplier – http://www.mcmaster.com
Tong blanks and tools – https://kensironstore.com/
Fire brick and refractory – http://refwest.com

Most of my videos are shot on the Canon M50

Audio is recorded using the RodeLink Filmmaker Wireless Microphone Kit

I have set up a Facebook group just for you, the viewers of this YouTube channel.
If you would like to share your work that was inspired by my videos
This is the place to do that

Blacksmithing and related activities can be hazardous. These videos are not a substitute for competent professional instruction. Your safety is your sole responsibility. Always use appropriate safety equipment including eye and ear protection when working in the shop. Follow manufactures safety guidelines for the use of all equipment. In the event something shown in one of these videos seems unsafe, it is up to you to make the appropriate changes to protect yourself.


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