This is how we do it..

I sometimes take for granted how foreign blacksmtihing is in the modern day. With the complexities of things its no surprise material intelligence is being lost; understanding materials and the process in which things are made. 

So here's an overview of the forging process for those unfamiliar with this ancient craft. Two steps;

Heat it. Beat it 

I use a modern forge that runs on gas which is a little less romantic than its sensory coal fire predecessor. there is no fire crackle, pungent smoke or filthy black dust but it still brings the heat.

After that, things haven't changed much in the last century. Its all fire, steel, strength and sweat, manipulating the 1000 degree metal with hammer and anvil. Once hot, the metal becomes a hard dough type consistency and, with a little bit of coercion, can be formed into any shape. Flattened, rounded, stretched, twisted, or folded. There is almost zero waste in the process, and theoretically, if it didn't go to the shape you like, you could heat it up and smoosh it all back together again.