The Art of Blacksmithing: Walter Howell of Walter Forge

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  • Published on Aug 25, 2014
  • Award-winning metal artist Walter Howell uses traditional blacksmithing techniques to create modern art in a timeless medium. In this video clip, Walter demonstrates various blacksmithing techniques while crafting a decorative "leaf hook."
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Comments • 73

  • William Barnhart Blacksmith WB Blacksmithing

    That's some pretty nice work! The vines and stuff on the railings were nice too.

  • BravoFoxtrot LLC
    BravoFoxtrot LLC Month ago

    Mic, what would you call a Blacksmith that used a lathe, a drill, a grinder and a power hammer?

  • BravoFoxtrot LLC
    BravoFoxtrot LLC Month ago

    Ahh a REAl Black Smith, traditional knows some metallurgy, uses traditional processes... Good Stuff!

  • Zack Smith
    Zack Smith 5 months ago

    I like your work

  • Smug Smugly
    Smug Smugly 6 months ago

    Say, any of you boys smithies? Or, if not smithies per se, were you otherwise trained in the metallurgic arts before straitened circumstances forced you into a life of aimless wanderin'?

    • Walter Howell
      Walter Howell 4 months ago

      Not here. Forging came to me as opposed to being sought.

  • Diego Sanchez
    Diego Sanchez Year ago +1

    Hola me gusta tu trabajo pegunta por que no haces un video de tu power hammer de color verde que tienes en tu taller

    • Walter Howell
      Walter Howell 10 months ago

      I am trying to translate your message so I can respond. I apologize for the delay. Thank you for your patience! Hope to take with you soon.

  • Rico Tupingan
    Rico Tupingan Year ago +1

    thank you sir

  • Rv4 Guy
    Rv4 Guy Year ago +2

    On the website these hooks have finishes of different colors. How is that done? Nice work. I love the banister pics.

    • Rv4 Guy
      Rv4 Guy Year ago

      Time Keeper thanks very much for the reply. That's amazing.

    • Time Keeper
      Time Keeper Year ago +1

      hello Scott, This is Walter's wife Rhonda and I do all the finish work on Walter's iron. Our finishes have been a learning process that combines some "home spun" mixes and some products that are specifically made for outdoor sculptures. The commercial products are oxide and dye oxide patinas that stain or react with the iron. My home spun finishes come from all manner of crazy things learned from old blacksmiths. Yellow mustard has a rainbow effect. A fresh cut lemon rubbed on hot iron makes it look like pewter. Chemicals that change the PH in a pool will bring our reds, oranges and blues if applied to hot iron or torched as it is sprayed. It has been a trial and error experimentation. I was that kid who mixed everything in the chemistry set together just to see what will happen. It was necessary when Walter began forging botanical sculptures. We appreciate your comments about his rails. We live in an area where metal fabricators are a dime a dozen. Lots of related industry here. We can only compete by offering work a welder doesn't do. You are always speaking with me here, Walter isn't into technology beyond listening to killer music on You Tube! I try to let folks know its me! Thank you! Visit again soon!

  • Edgar Milson
    Edgar Milson Year ago +2

    I like watching your videos. I worked in a steel mill years ago and one of our jobs was maintaining the coke ovens. They would heat up the coal, really hot, with no air so the gases would be driven off, leaving behind coke. Thanks for the video!

    • Walter Howell
      Walter Howell Year ago

      Hello! Sorry to take so long responding! We are very lucky to be able to get coke here in Alabama. Its very cool to watch the process. Hope to have something new up soon.

  • IMur KING
    IMur KING Year ago +1

    I wonder if he makes any customer design order ???

  • Charis Williams
    Charis Williams Year ago

    Nice work!

  • Granville Bennet
    Granville Bennet Year ago

    I like the engineers vice basically s=does the same job as a Leg Vise with a support under it does thew same job for less money .oi like it

    • Granville Bennet
      Granville Bennet Year ago +1

      Aye true

    • rhonda Howell
      rhonda Howell Year ago +1

      Tools are a totally personal preference kinda thing. They are like shoes. They have to fit.

  • Walter Howell
    Walter Howell 2 years ago +1

    Hi folks, After you take a look at Mic's other amazing works hop over to Walters channel and see new projects and videos. More coming real soon!

  • Walter Howell
    Walter Howell 2 years ago +1

    Visit us on the web at www.walterforge.com and on his channel. Walter Howell

  • Walter Howell
    Walter Howell 2 years ago +1

    Hello, We have more short videos (self done) on Walters you tube channel. Search Walter Howell. I don't know how to add a link. You can also see and read more on our website at www.walterforge.com. Conversation is welcome.

  • Walter Howell
    Walter Howell 2 years ago +1

    Walter now has his own channel. Search for Walter Howell and subscribe. We will still be here with Mic from time to time also.

  • Zealous
    Zealous 2 years ago +8

    The most inspiring thing he said in the whole video: "It's not rocket science. It's just heating up metal and bending it."

    • Zealous
      Zealous 2 years ago +1

      That's interesting...
      I'll have to look into that.

    • Walter Howell
      Walter Howell 2 years ago +2

      Hey we finally know why blacksmiths had lots of children. To turn the blower! Being broke is the mother of invention. The dimmer switch gives Walter total control over air flow. For less than $50. for blower and switch.

    • Zealous
      Zealous 2 years ago

      That's so cool! I'm stuck with an Air Compressor, but I've always wanted a decent sized Hand Bellows!
      A Box Bellows would also make a fine air circulation system, too.
      I need more training. lol

    • Walter Howell
      Walter Howell 2 years ago

      Walter uses a leaf blower and a dimmer switch for air control. He chose to retire the original hand blower while it was still working. Thanks!

    • Zealous
      Zealous 2 years ago

      I see. Apologies for mistaking the temperature adjustment. I've mostly seen a lot of people use Propaine. I myself, like to do things traditionally and use air flow. I'll be sure to check out and subscribe to the channel.

  • Mike Snow
    Mike Snow 2 years ago +2

    Thanks for the video Walter...

    • Walter Howell
      Walter Howell Year ago +1

      Most Welcome! Boy are we behind! Been a busy summer. Hoping to get some videos soon.

  • choctawman100
    choctawman100 2 years ago +1

    Great tutorial,Mr. Howell....I'm a hillbilly smith from western NC,who also does art...I've done fab/welding for 20+ years.....But I'm new at the youtube thing....I'm glad I found your channel, you are very skilled,and I'm impressed with what you're doing...best to you and your family...I'll be a watchin.

    • Walter Howell
      Walter Howell 2 years ago

      Thank you. Working on more. We are new to this you tube thing also. I think when you love what you do it shows in the end.

  • Walter Howell
    Walter Howell 2 years ago

    Hi folks, We just looked over the "transcript". Great day. I will try to post a copy with the correct words here soon. There is a written version on our blog page on the website.

  • Walter Howell
    Walter Howell 2 years ago

    Hello folks. We have been busy and things are their normal chaotic self around here. Walter had to retire the 1890 Forge. A day in the sunlight revealed a hundred tiny pin holes if the pan. In an effort to preserve it before it would have to have a new bottom Walter has moved it to a corner of honor in the forge along with some other special tools he has. I will be posting video of the new forge and some other things soon. I am a slow learner when it comes to this stuff! Please visit our website at www.walterforge.com for more information.

  • Joe M Mams
    Joe M Mams 2 years ago +1

    that man has one he'll of a beautiful shop...I'm jealous as can be

  • Brady McPhail
    Brady McPhail 2 years ago

    Mr. Howell,
    I'm so impressed with your style of blacksmithing and teaching methods. Your shop is inspiring. I'm especially interested in the your Coke Forge, I don't think I have seen a forge like it.
    I am a beginning Smith, with over 40 years in the metalworking industry. I'm looking forward to my next 40 years blacksmithing and knifemaking. your an inspiration, thank you.

    • Brady McPhail
      Brady McPhail 2 years ago

      Walter Howell hello there, it's wonderful to hear from you, I had a bit of a set back with having my hammering Elbow rebuilt. I'm about a month away from getting back to work. then I will be able to start getting some tools built and hopefully a couple of forges built. I've been studying and drawing, so that when I'm on my feet again I will be running Instead of limping along.
      thank you for the Christmas wishes, my you and your family be blessed with more than you need for 2017.
      I'm looking forward to seeing those pictures, and I'll be sure to send pictures of mine for Walter's
      look see.

    • Walter Howell
      Walter Howell 2 years ago +1

      Hello, Hope you are doing well and have a wonderful Christmas. Walter had to retire his old forge and build a new one. I will post some photos and video soon. Been a crazy fall. Maybe Santa will bring you a sack of coal!

    • Walter Howell
      Walter Howell 2 years ago

      HI Brady, Things have been crazy here. As you can see by my post Walter had to retire the 1890 and build a new forge. I will be posting video and pics here and on our blog soon. Hope you are enjoying your trip through the this craft. Its not something you do it takes over your life! Warning!

    • Brady McPhail
      Brady McPhail 2 years ago

      +Walter Howell- Rhonda, thank you so much for your reply. I just subscribed to the Walter Howard Channel. I'm subscriber # 2. I would like very much to stay in touch Walter/ you. my email address is: surgeweldfab.brady@gmail.com.
      if you feel comfortable doing so.
      I live in California, I'm so new to Blacksmithing that I don't really have a lot of tools, but I beat on metal and try to mimic what some of the TheXvid smith's do.
      I sure would like to see as much information as Walter can share, I truly believe that there are hundreds of beginning Blacksmiths as well as the experienced veteran smith's that would thoroughly learn valuable information from Walter.
      if you are interested in corresponding, I would be honored.
      thank you again,
      Brady

    • Brady McPhail
      Brady McPhail 2 years ago

      +Walter Howell- Rhonda, thank you so much for your reply. I just subscribed to the Walter Howard Channel. I'm subscriber # 2. I would like very much to stay in touch Walter/ you. my email address is: surgeweldfab.brady@gmail.com.
      if you feel comfortable doing so.
      I live in California, I'm so new to Blacksmithing that I don't really have a lot of tools, but I beat on metal and try to mimic what some of the TheXvid smith's do.
      I sure would like to see as much information as Walter can share, I truly believe that there are hundreds of beginning Blacksmiths as well as the experienced veteran smith's that would thoroughly learn valuable information from Walter.
      if you are interested in corresponding, I would be honored.
      thank you again,
      Brady

  • Stan Tilton
    Stan Tilton 2 years ago +1

    Very nice work, thank you for the demo.

  • Landa Dauphinais
    Landa Dauphinais 2 years ago

    Very nice work. Love your shop

    • Walter Howell
      Walter Howell 2 years ago +1

      Thank you. After the tornado cleared the property it just seemed the perfect time and reason to build a forge that looked like a forge. Lots of things had to line up to make it happen. Blessed to work in it every day.

  • Robert Watson
    Robert Watson 2 years ago +1

    This is one of the neatest, cleanest, well organized shops I've seen. Professional looking.

    • Walter Howell
      Walter Howell 2 years ago +2

      Thank you very much. I am a everything in its place person. It makes the work flow much better. Hope to have more video up soon.

  • GunzRloaded
    GunzRloaded 3 years ago

    How do they make 'the anvil'...?

    • Walter Howell
      Walter Howell 3 years ago

      +GunzRloaded Hello, I am sorry to take so long to respond. You are right making an anvil is a huge undertaking. New anvils are expensive and to tell you the truth no comparison in quality to the old ones. The ratio of iron and other elements is very different. It may take a while but search your local flea markets and be sure to check with your local scrap yard. Folks are inheriting these things that don't want them and they take them to be sold by the pound. You can also buy them by the pound. We have been very blessed to accumulate a wonderful collection of vintage equipment.

    • GunzRloaded
      GunzRloaded 3 years ago

      +Walter Howell Hello,I was wondering who manufactures anvils here in the United States.Past or current.A large anvil looks like to be a pretty big project especially when they were made many years ago.
      Cheers !

    • Walter Howell
      Walter Howell 3 years ago

      +GunzRloaded Hello, Not sure what you mean exactly. Walters anvils are very old but there are good instructions on making your own from a variety of bases. Be glad to try to give more information if you can tell me a bit more.

  • Okie-Tom
    Okie-Tom 3 years ago

    Walter, when are you going to make more videos, this one was great?
    Also, tell me about your power hammer. I would love to have one but
    No funds for a big fancy one. Thanks, Tom

    • Walter Howell
      Walter Howell 3 years ago

      +arkomo54 Thank you! We are working on videos now. Some instructional and some about things folks just enjoy hearing. Hope to have something up very soon. We are WAY behind in the technology world.
      This is Rhonda by the way. Walter doesn't beat the keys at all. He held off on a power hammer until about 10 years ago. This one was made by a local who is a community treasure. Its one of the stories we will tell on video. These can be made for much less than a name hammer. There are other "country engineer designs" out there also. Please check out www.waltersforge.com. Its a project in progress.

  • Walter Howell
    Walter Howell 3 years ago

    Thanks for the comments and views. We are working on more for our website. The full version of this for bounce tv is also on our website at www.walterforge.com and on vimeo.

  • Даниил Данкевич

    примитивный дед даж скучно смотреть

  • a4x4player
    a4x4player 3 years ago +2

    Good job! You make it look easy. Nice clean workshop too....

  • IronWhy
    IronWhy 3 years ago +1

    Hi,
    I would love to use some small parts of this video as part of one of my one videos - but need to make sure that you are REALLY and DEFINITELY the only COPYRIGHTHOLDER of this CREATIVE COMMONS-Video, since I don't want to get sued by any PERFORMER, CAMERAMAN, DIRECTOR or LOCATION OWNER.
    Thanks anyway for this cool channel - best wishes!
    ....................................................................................... v

    • Crossed Heart Forge - islandblacksmith
      Crossed Heart Forge - islandblacksmith 3 years ago +1

      +Walter Howell thank you, keep it up!

    • Walter Howell
      Walter Howell 3 years ago +1

      +Crossed Heart Forge Thank You. If Mic has it set as such then we have no problem either. We are always honored when someone thinks enough of what we do to want to share it in some way. We have gotten a lot of benefit from Mic Stowe's video. He does great work also. Wish you luck with work also. Rhonda

    • Crossed Heart Forge - islandblacksmith
      Crossed Heart Forge - islandblacksmith 3 years ago

      +Walter Howell the video copyright is set to, "Creative Commons Attribution license (reuse allowed)", if this is not the case, just set it so no one is allowed to reuse and you will not get this type of inquiry...great to see your shop, very nice workspace!

    • Walter Howell
      Walter Howell 3 years ago

      +IronWhy Hello, We apologize for the delayed response. For some reason it was posted way down the time line. I appreciate your interest in our video. Walter and the videographer do own the rights along with Bama Bounce TV.
      We would have to have more information about your project to allow inclusion of
      Walters work. We work very hard to ensure that his work is represented in a manner of our choosing and that his designs and work are not associated with another smith and try to be diligent in protecting our reputation for integrity and quality.
      We are appreciative and grateful when folks share his video.

    • Manoj Kumar
      Manoj Kumar 3 years ago

      r

  • Frederick Ippolito
    Frederick Ippolito 4 years ago +1

    Beautiful work Walter.

  • Bella Infidella
    Bella Infidella 4 years ago +1

    This was a fabulous video showing the art form of forging steel. I have been wanting to see the process my whole life and this shows a beautiful wall hanging hook with a leaf end from beginning to end. Wow. Thank you for posting this!

  • Donny Terry
    Donny Terry 4 years ago

  • Walters Forge
    Walters Forge 4 years ago +13

    Good rainy morning to all. Thanks for all the views. To answer Philo Sophia ... Yes I do use magnets in the shop. When you are out demonstrating the sound acts as a calling card. As for the gloves. I use a very thin Kevlar glove that provides some protection but you can still feel the heat. They are thin enough to allow hammer control. I do this full time. My hands are my living. The gloves have saved my hands more than once. I think you will find that a lot of "forging rules" are more personal preference than, right or wrong. Advice will vary depending on age of the smith and the work being done. Listen to all of it them and decide what works best for you.

  • Michael Kowalski
    Michael Kowalski 4 years ago

    How do you reduce the noise so much? Just the chain? Do you use magnets to dull it out?
    Also, I see you're wearing two gloves. I was always told never to wear a glove on the hammer hand. Any comment on that?

    • Sky. Twain
      Sky. Twain 3 years ago

      +Philo Sophia metal might bounce up if not carful and hit that hand possible?