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’.
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 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.
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.”
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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