Old school craftsmanship – Faram Forge

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Faram Forge is the blacksmithing work of Jakob Faram – as you can see below, he does incredible work. A man who is obviously passionate about blacksmithing, Faram has traveled extensively to improve his craft (including a recent trip to Latvia) and recently finished studying with Tim Cisneros of Forgeworks. It’s important to note that he forged all his work tools himself. Take a few minutes to support and appreciate this small American business. Check out the pictures below, and make sure to watch the video – you might just learn sumthin’.

 

Faram Forge -2 lb rounding hammer

Faram Forge 2 Raising Hammers and a Chasing Hammer

Faram Forge 6 oz chasing hammer

Faram Forge - tools Jakob Faram has made

Faram Forge - tools Jakob Faram has made 2

Faram Forge 4 lb cross peen hammer

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Why so many hammers? Jakob says,

“The focus is no different than a saw to a logger or a transit to a surveyor since it’s the main tool used for the main aspect of the work. In this case Forging [sic] iron and steel. It’s literally heating metal to a level it becomes malleable and then it’s formed by hammer and anvil or dies into a given shape. Hand hammers, sledge hammers, treadle hammers, power hammers, drop hammers…”

He doesn’t just make tools of course. He does pendants, brooches, bracelets and other pieces too. He doesn’t yet do much with blades, because while he knows how to forge a blade he has “little experience in properly grinding a blade.” His forge doesn’t (yet) get hot enough to produce Damascus steel, though hopefully that’s coming.

Faram Forge - axe pendant

Faram Forge Axe brooch

Faram Forge bottle openers and misc

Faram Forge necklace

Faram Forge sterling silver bracelet

Faram Forge oak leave

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Faram Forge - Pennanular Brooch

Faram Forge - hammer pendant

Faram Forge - forged pendants

Faram Forge - barn owl sculpt

Faram is open about his craft, his passion and his ongoing attempts to learn (which is, in our mind, the penultimate responsibility of any craftsman). For instance, here is a 1.2 pound hammer he crafted sometime last summer.

Faram Forge - 2 pound hammer

About the process of making this particular hammer, Jakob says,

“Hot punched from the sides and rotating every 3 blows using a slot punch. Drifted and brought the bulge down using a big radii straight peen on both ends, only pulling from the center up the taper of the drift. The fullered with a top and bottom fuller on my treadle hammer. Took a local heat to the round face with the drift in the eye and hand hammered the radius close, then put it in the cupping tool and forged the face to that radius. Forging done.”

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Faram Forge forged hammer

Faram Forge forged hammer 2

Faram Forge - working steel

Faram Forge - working steel 2

Faram Forge - Building a bending fork

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Faram Forge - small riveting hammer

Faram Forge - chasing hammer under construction

Faram Forge - Axe Ring

Faram Forge - Jakob Faram

You can find Faram Forge online here: https://www.facebook.com/faramforge On Tumblr here: http://faramforge.tumblr.com/ Purchase some of his blacksmithing goodness here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/FaramForgeAndTool

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4 thoughts on “Old school craftsmanship – Faram Forge

  • February 15, 2015 at 2:56 am
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    Sir:

    With your talent, if you enter knife-making you are guaranteed a loyal following.

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  • February 15, 2015 at 2:14 am
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    Beautiful work lad. Look forward to following your creations. All the best.

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  • February 12, 2015 at 11:11 am
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    Great stuff. I just contacted him and it seems he is backlogged for a while. Also nothing in his stay shop. Hope to see some stuff up soon

    John

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  • February 12, 2015 at 1:26 am
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    Just a small note of admiration for your work. I am not easily impressed, but your work ís impressive!

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