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    My name is Alec Steele and I am a 20 year old blacksmith from Norfolk in the United Kingdom, now living in Montana in the USA! I upload a vlog from my day at the workshop almost every single day. Lots of sparks, lots of making, lots of fantastic-ness. Great to have you here following along!
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  • lowkicker1971
    lowkicker1971 Month ago

    in terms of control...what about a challenge between Will and Alex? Try to touch(!) a potatoe - or even an egg - with the hammer...

  • Jack O'Brien
    Jack O'Brien Month ago

    "The metric system is the tool of the devil! My car gets 30 rods to the hogshead and thats the way I likes it!" - Grandpa Simpson

  • Dogurasu
    Dogurasu Month ago

    Rug what? Welcome to the hood..... Will is awesome. :D

  • Mike Ochtman
    Mike Ochtman Month ago

    No paint or powdercoat on the cart? 😱

  • momo54710
    momo54710 Month ago +1

    Someone knows the name of the song at 4:46 ???

  • Lukas 77
    Lukas 77 Month ago

    What about the old machine hammer? When are you doing that

  • Daniel Jordan
    Daniel Jordan Month ago

    Got my Freedomheit shirt in yesterday! Lol! Love it. I'm an HVAC tech, had to have one!

  • Jordan Huckel
    Jordan Huckel Month ago +1

    Taking the piss out of Fahrenheit is fun and all...
    But for those who have ever wondered how this archaic system came about... This is how.
    Firstly, thermometers were measured out using bisects. If you have an arbitrary length of ruler/measurement stick, you can take a piece of string and fold it in half... Now you have the halfway point of that stick! You can fold that stick in half again and now you have quarters! If you do this again you now have a length of 8ths... But not 12ths... Mmmmm. But if we do that twice more we get 16ths and 32nds anyway... A bit archaic to have a length of stick divided into an un-round, not beautifully a decimal number of 32 lengths but at least this was easy to accomplish for peasants a few hundred years ago.

    At this point of 32 segments, you can insert some Freemasonry conspiracy if you like... But if not...
    ... If not, then on with the history. The scientist who came up with Fahrenheit, Dutch inventor Daniel Fahrenheit, go figure, had to devise a way to define fixed points on the scale. Seemingly logical for 18th Century Dutch barbarians, he used the coldest temperate he could consistently replicate as 0 degrees. That was the freezing point of brine water, an equal parts mix of salt, ice and water. One might say this is a somewhat scientific way to determine the freezing of seawater. It is thought that 100 was intended to be human body temperature and then freezing point of regular (no salt or ice) water were to fall where it lay.
    Fahrenheit copied off of... I mean collaborated with, another scientist who had determined a similar scale based on 4 points of reference: 0 for freezing brine, 7.5 for freezing water, 22.5 for human body temp or 'blood heat' and 60 degrees for boiling water. Clearly, this scientist was onto something by devising a scale from repeatable measurements as the two extremes - the boiling of water and the freezing of the ammonia solution. It is thought that as an astronomer the original creator of this scale set the boiling point of water at 60 degrees because 60 has some significance to astronomy or something.
    Wanting to avoid fractions and confusion in measurement, Fahrenheit stole... I mean borrowed, these figures from another scientist and multiplied them out by 4 to extrapolate 0, 30, 90 and 240. Linking back to my first paragraph about bisect-ality and making measuring sticks by folding strings in half a bunch of times, Fahrenheit decided to marginally adjust the numbers in order to make them more easily fit on a scale which was marked out using the primitive and barbaric 18th-century method - dividing by two a bunch of times.
    What he settled upon was a scale where 0 becomes the freezing point of salt water, or brine, or a specially formulated solution of salt, ice and water for science reasons; then 32 is the freezing point of regular water; then 96 was approximately human body temp. Lastly, boiling water would have fallen at about 240 degrees Fahrenheit. After he died, some of his mates backstabbed him and readjusted his scale such that boiling water is at 212 degrees, making it 180 degrees from it's freezing point of 32 degrees - again, due to bisect-ality, this was a good thing because you could measure intervals like a barbarian by folding string in half a bunch of times.

    Just a side note for anyone interested, that mixture of brine, 1/3 water, 1/3 ice and 1/3 salt has a special name. Eutectic solution.

    To backpedal a bit, it is thought that when Fahrenheit originally took the numbers of the other scientist, he initially just rounded them up, precisely my multiplying 0, 7.5, 22.5 and 60 by 1 and 1/15. Why? Well, if you are to round 7.5 up to 8 you are adding a 15th (7.5 is 15 halves) so therefore if you apply the same increase of 1/15th then 22.5 rounds up to 24 and 60 rounds up to 64... These numbers are exact increases of a fifteenth, not rounded numbers and damn they're glorious. Linking back once more to the barbaric practice of dividing by two and making measuring sticks with bisecting numbers, you'd realise that 64 is a coincidentally perfect upper limit for such a scale. Luckily, 8 falls on this bisecting scale perfectly as does 24, all is well. For some reason, he later changed those numbers to the common 0, 32 and 96. It's often thought this was due to trying to make a scale easier to read by making the intervals greater and more apparent, so he essentially multiplied out those figures by 4 later on.
    At the end of the day what we have is a roughly logical system that is applicable to the daily lives of northern Europeans in the 18th century - knowing when the water is supposed to boil and freeze, but most predominately, having a good gauge of air temperature outside. In Fahrenheit, 0 degrees is really really cold and 100 degrees is really really hot, this makes sense for 95% of daily activities and the need for temperature measurement. At least until the invention of steam power and boilers, as well as temperature controlled ovens, came about, this was a very applicable and useful system. The range of roughly 0 - 100 was common sense, at least to 18th-century barbarians and the scale could be easily measured out by bisecting a bunch of times (dividing by two) using simple tools like string.

    Luckily the modern world has ditched this barbaric and prehistoric method of defining temperature using boiling and freezing water as fixed points with a scale of roughly 0 - 100 in favour of Celsius! A method in which temperature is defined using two fixed points, the boiling and freezing of water, and it is graded along a scale of 0 - 100.
    Ahhhh the ironic humour. I think Fahrenheit has it's place, it's a little better for conveying the concept of air temperature and thus 99% of human comfort and thus, therefore, a scale of 0 - 100 which ranges from "I really don't like this temperature" to the other extreme of "I really don't like this temperature" makes a lot of sense. On the other hand, modern society with its computer usage and constant conversions of measurements and applications of science, physics and industry really values a decimal system. The freezing and boiling points of water aren't 'really' that beneficial for most of the application of modern temperature measurement, but the fact that everything is base 10 helps.
    So there's a little knoweledge for anyone who didn't know and is interested.

  • Ozzie Sheppard
    Ozzie Sheppard Month ago

    love the videos, but gahhh, stop chopping the scenes up with the jump cuts- its sickening to watch- a few is good, 5 in a sentence is to much.

    keep the good (non sickening) videos coming!

  • J DeWitt
    J DeWitt Month ago

    Nice kindling maker!

  • Abdullah Mahomedy
    Abdullah Mahomedy 2 months ago

    Extremely disappointed. Can't believe you've abandoned the superior metric system.

  • James Buchanan
    James Buchanan 2 months ago

    Sorry, but rugby is the best sport in the world

  • Zach Harris-O'Keefe
    Zach Harris-O'Keefe 2 months ago

    I started getting super busy in October 18' because I was moving into a new house etc, having a child, so I missed about 3 months of your vids, till now, when I've almost finished binge watching your entire shift to Montana, and it's been fucking awesome

  • Aaron Levering
    Aaron Levering 2 months ago

    Now I know what the true use of a power hammer is . . . . to make kindling so you can light off your coal forge. Forge on Alec

  • Panda
    Panda 2 months ago

    "How much does that weigh? 8 oz? 1 lb? How about gram and kilograms?"

  • Achille Josserand
    Achille Josserand 2 months ago

    Definitely the coolest way of making tinder wood to light your fire

  • Mr Fechu
    Mr Fechu 2 months ago

    Why dont you sell all those toothpicks?, have fun and a little profit LOL

  • hereforalaugh
    hereforalaugh 2 months ago

    Save time when cutting misters by just going straight to the miter saw... It cuts two miters in one cut and you don't have to wait for the band saw to finish all of its cuts... Could save you a lot of time.... Just take into consideration the thickness off the blade when measuring up stock

  • Garret Rain
    Garret Rain 2 months ago

    Alec, celsius does make much more sense; 0 freezing and 100 bolling. The rear irony is US using the British Imperial System. So, you can truly feel at historial home.

  • Brian Amonette
    Brian Amonette 2 months ago

    I should mention that that in Montana the freezing and boiling temperatures are not the same as at sea level. Boiling becomes 98 degrees c and 208 f, freezing temp is about -1 c and about 31.5 f, so high altitude makes it all confusing.

  • Aelynn
    Aelynn 2 months ago

    But . . . the imperial system . . . started . . . in . . . Britain . . . O_o Why do people blame America for it? ESPECIALLY Britain's, like . . . we learned it from you.

  • Marshall Davis
    Marshall Davis 2 months ago

    And today we forge TOOTHPICKS!!!

  • Wesley Jolly
    Wesley Jolly 2 months ago

    Uhhh, I think what we have learned is that not only can you not stretch a 2x4 which has been cut too short, you cannot draw it out, either!

  • thacher longstreth
    thacher longstreth 2 months ago

    I can’t tell if Alec is memeing the whole temperature thing

  • Teh_Redeemer
    Teh_Redeemer 2 months ago

    36/12's? So 3 feet?

  • Thomas Lammens
    Thomas Lammens 2 months ago

    Rugby, like American Football but for men...

  • MistaKay90
    MistaKay90 2 months ago

    Ah im glad you got it running considering the massive fanny on it took to get there!

  • Scott King
    Scott King 2 months ago

    Stop making fun of us using your old imperial standard you limey bastard, LOL

  • SublimingMule63
    SublimingMule63 2 months ago

    11:04 he's gone nuts!!!

  • michieff
    michieff 2 months ago

    That fucking hammer is scary 😥

  • Don Pearce
    Don Pearce 2 months ago

    LOL!! Most expensive kindling maker ever!

  • Venom Squad Gaming Community

    I'm Canadian eh... Celsius is the way to go

  • Walt Williams
    Walt Williams 2 months ago

    The metric system makes perfect sense. You're a bit off bud.

  • The RX7 Roadie
    The RX7 Roadie 2 months ago

    I love you to bits but 0-100 makes far more sense to me BUT I have spent my whole life using it so I am biased I suppose

  • Joshua Collins
    Joshua Collins 2 months ago

    I DESPISE the imperial / SAE system!

  • Livinthedream oh yeah
    Livinthedream oh yeah 2 months ago

    Every kid has to break something lol

  • H C
    H C 2 months ago

    youtube has become one big circle-jerk of money-hungry people..... the passion for performing the trade is gone unfortunately...

  • keith stevenson
    keith stevenson 2 months ago

    Oh thats nice that Lincoln gave you welders and a plasma cutter but will is using a esab hood. Shaking my head.

  • Night Saber
    Night Saber 2 months ago

    Imperial huh? So... why microMETER calls like that even it uses an imperial system? :D

  • rod lelievre
    rod lelievre 2 months ago

    Why did you buy brackets, for the grinder belts?
    Should of made them

  • TheCrazyScatman
    TheCrazyScatman 2 months ago

    I love that fuckin shirt.

  • Dahlmasen
    Dahlmasen 2 months ago

    Only dumb countries use imperial...😂

  • Dahlmasen
    Dahlmasen 2 months ago

    Metric FTW👌🏻

  • Kenny Snyders
    Kenny Snyders 2 months ago

    long time since i laughed out loud with a youtube maker vid. gz

  • Obnizico
    Obnizico 2 months ago

    No Alec. Celsius is easier.. 0 is freezing 100 is boiling. Thats it..

  • EngineeredMechanized
    EngineeredMechanized 2 months ago

    How old are you Alec ?

    • Timothy S.
      Timothy S. 2 months ago

      He just turned 21 a couple of months ago

  • Barry Askins
    Barry Askins 2 months ago

    Love the new shirts

  • HardlyEntertaining
    HardlyEntertaining 2 months ago

    Power hammer and wood looks like the snare section in pep band

  • Heavygen
    Heavygen 2 months ago


  • Dave Sparrow
    Dave Sparrow 2 months ago

    What a great emotional payoff for all the struggles.

  • battledragongun
    battledragongun 2 months ago

    you realy should stop beating up your wood what did your wood ever do to you yo deserve that kind of punishment

  • Eden Starr
    Eden Starr 2 months ago

    I just gravy'd my bald eagle steaks and Freedom fries with all that 'Muricana sarcas-machismo while waving my American flag and blowing illegal immigrants back to Mexico with red, white, and blue Independence Day fireworks out of my Trump tattooed butt.
    Well done, sir!
    (Seriously... I have never wanted merch so bad. It's HILARIOUS!)

  • Teddy Butter
    Teddy Butter 2 months ago

    gonna miss the pilkington

  • le_ nain27
    le_ nain27 2 months ago

    Impérial ? Métrique ? Aucun des deux n'est meilleur que le système pifométrique. Un peu de ci ? Une pincée de ca ? Un verre de ceci ? Une lichée de cela ? Une chiée de machin ? Un max de bidule ? Ca fait combien en oz (éventuellement liquide), en g en moles ? Et pourtant ca, ce sont les unités les plus utilisées au monde ! (and sorry for all who don't speak french, many words aren't available in Shakespeare system, but fully understable by Molière system)

  • Ricardo Casillas
    Ricardo Casillas 2 months ago

    Your videos right now remind me of home improvement! Awesome stuff keep it up!

  • Franco Arias
    Franco Arias 2 months ago

    haha! that face!... Like a Kid, with new toy!

  • Henry Grey
    Henry Grey 2 months ago

    Damn your color grading is off!!! No real contrast at all... everything is kinda mushy... did you change something?

  • AncientXXV
    AncientXXV 2 months ago

    Just a shame that the American people still reference Celsius rather than Fahrenheit

  • Andre Baskin
    Andre Baskin 2 months ago

    Did you consider just flipping the argon shelf over so the tabs would then be out of the way under the shelf?

  • Chris Maurer
    Chris Maurer 2 months ago

    I am still so stoked that u live in montana now I live in Helena and I really want to come visit your shop 😆😁😁

  • Indian Legend
    Indian Legend 2 months ago


  • Chicago Dan
    Chicago Dan 2 months ago

    I’ve made up my own temperature system. Freezing point I call “Hard Water”, boiling point I call “Hurt Water”. Everything in between I call “Watery Water”, until I reach warm water. I call that “Yellow Water” because it feels like when you pee in Watery Water.

  • Rob Rakay
    Rob Rakay 2 months ago

    just a thought and i am sure you know this but if you put the nut half way on the all-thread rod before you hit with a hammer it will not mess up the threads.

  • James Runyon
    James Runyon 2 months ago

    Fun fact: when farenheight was first devised, 100° was meant to be the average temperature of a human body. But he accidentally measured that on a man with a slight fever.... So.. its wrong. Maybe we should all switch to kelvin or centigrade.

  • Jonathan Beckham
    Jonathan Beckham 2 months ago

    The metric system rules.

  • Kory Porter
    Kory Porter 2 months ago

    Anyone know the song at 4:55?

  • Rob Allen
    Rob Allen 2 months ago

    Not quite sure why you let the "grunt" take the first hits with the hammer... lol

  • Rob Allen
    Rob Allen 2 months ago

    Alec, you really shouldn't play with your nuts on camera... lol
    The freedomheight is pretty cool too.

  • C2
    C2 2 months ago

    Could you make a video on all your tools and what they are for?? 😂

  • ski364
    ski364 2 months ago

    I am glad to see you embracing our freedom units.

  • John Hyslop
    John Hyslop 2 months ago

    rugby > football

  • Kevin F
    Kevin F 2 months ago

    At first I thought you were serious in slagging the metric system, then I realized you were being sarcastic. FahrenSHITE!!

  • Galactic Chris
    Galactic Chris 2 months ago

    13:35 is the face of a man with a very expensive and very powerful new toy.

  • jt simmons
    jt simmons 2 months ago

    Good one. The belt storage is awesome.

  • Austin Heywood
    Austin Heywood 2 months ago

    Steele toothpicks!!!

  • ben c
    ben c 2 months ago

    I know it's so stupid like socket sizes 1 through 10 so confusing 1/4 5/16 3/8 7/16 1/2 9/16 5/8 11/16 3/4.. it makes so much more sense.

  • MrMadeinthe80s
    MrMadeinthe80s 2 months ago

    Metric system is sooooo much easier and better lol.

  • Narice Woolon
    Narice Woolon 2 months ago

    Will don’t forget to clean the band saw 😂😂😂😂😂

  • JDM 180
    JDM 180 2 months ago

    How does 32 degrees Fahrenheit as freezing make more sense than 0 Celsius?

  • cody
    cody 2 months ago

    Does he live in Montana

  • Brad Mundie's
    Brad Mundie's 2 months ago

    Metric system sucks for everyday's better with math and science but for everyday stuff Imperial system is better.

  • SuperSecretSquirell
    SuperSecretSquirell 2 months ago

    How about a video on how the power hammer works? I'm very mechanically-minded, but I can wrap my head around the mechanism that controls the height, stroke, and power of the hammer.

  • BA
    BA 3 months ago

    Welcome to the land of.... er... quasi-freedom. We are happy to have you!

  • Huzaifa Thakur
    Huzaifa Thakur 3 months ago +1

    I quite like the metric system

  • Harvey Phelan
    Harvey Phelan 3 months ago

    Alec's accent is becoming more and more American.

  • Daniel Antone
    Daniel Antone 3 months ago

    As an American, the shirts are hilarious.

  • Alex H
    Alex H 3 months ago

    Mr pilkington still had a certain unmatchable charm.

  • sawmaniac
    sawmaniac 3 months ago

    Imperial? Metric? I'm broke in both systems, so why bother?

  • Nickle
    Nickle 3 months ago

    One way of making kindling

  • PotatoAim
    PotatoAim 3 months ago

    nice kinderling machine

  • Lucid
    Lucid 3 months ago

    SI units they are called... doing math with them is a lot easier but K not C in temp you will find...
    "In 2019 kelvin is to be defined by taking the fixed numerical value of the Boltzmann constant k to be
    1.380649×10−23 J⋅K−1, (J = kg⋅m2⋅s−2)" wikipedia
    My favorite one is time
    One second is
    "The duration of 9192631770 periods of the radiation corresponding to the transition between the two hyperfine levels of the ground state of the caesium-133 atom." wiki also :-P

  • Amra
    Amra 3 months ago

    To be fair, the imperial system is based on 100 as well. 0 is the temperature at which brine freezes, and 100 is the approximate temperature of a healthy human being. Granted when you use that scale you end up with weird numbers, like water freezing at 32 and water boiling at 212, but it is what it is. xD

  • CKOD
    CKOD 3 months ago

    I usually laugh at silly Euros that smug about C and throw out the "butbutbut water" argument, when F is objectively superior when it comes to outdoor temperatures. (you know, what you deal with daily) But being from the UK, I'll let you pass (even if you arent a big tea drinker), as I can see why people in the UK would be more worried about boiling water than outdoor temperatures. It makes a thermometer into a nice percentage of the way to boiling indicator for kettles.

  • Maarten Oosterbaan
    Maarten Oosterbaan 3 months ago

    Funniest thing is when Americans get all gung ho on defending that they use imperial...they use the meme that they were the country that put people on the moon....yeah and the calculations for that were done in metric! it's just a better system, has nothing to do with who uses it....

  • CR3W1SH03S
    CR3W1SH03S 3 months ago

    Quick tip on the hammering the all-thread. Put a nut on it so you don't peen over the threads.

  • CR3W1SH03S
    CR3W1SH03S 3 months ago

    Fantastic job on the welder cart. Epic!

  • Ron Dumontier
    Ron Dumontier 3 months ago

    That hammer is a dream tool

  • Ron Dumontier
    Ron Dumontier 3 months ago

    I use the metric in my shop cuz fractions fuk me up.

  • TheArsonsmith4242
    TheArsonsmith4242 3 months ago

    I want a power hammer just to crush 2"x4"s or is that some crazy stupid crap like 50.8x101.6s? Just rolls of the tongue.

  • Jack Wheet
    Jack Wheet 3 months ago

    I feel like the entire unit discussion is just Alec being facetious 😅