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Blacksmithing for Woodworkers: Forging A Compass

By Peter Ross

Format: DVD

SKU# U4683

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You might imagine it takes high-end production machinery to make precision woodworking tools. But as our ancestors showed centuries ago, you can produce delicate and dead-accurate instruments with the most basic of tools. In Forging A Compass, master blacksmith Peter Ross walks you through the steps–at the forge and the workbench–to create a reproduction 18th-Century square-head compass. Working with a coal forge, an anvil and a handful of files, Peter uses traditional blacksmithing techniques to first forge the pieces, then assemble them and file the surfaces to create a beautiful, functional woodworking tool. 

About The Host

Peter Ross was introduced to blacksmith work while in high school, starting a lifelong interest in historic ironwork and the methods used to produce it two centuries ago. After attending the Rhode Island School of Design, Ross worked under Dick Everett, an accomplished smith specializing in the reproduction of 18th century work. In 1979 Ross became a journeyman blacksmith at Colonial Williamsburg, and three years later was made master of the shop. For the next 25 years Ross studied surviving artifacts and worked to re-discover forgotten historic methods. Today, Ross operates his own company making holdfasts, compasses and other tools for woodworkers, including Roy Underhill and Christopher Schwarz.

SKU U4683
Author/Speaker/Editor Peter Ross
Format DVD
ISBN 13 9781440330476

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fascinating, tempting, but not the place to start Review by Steven

This was a very interesting video and would tempt almost anyone to take a stab at blacksmithing / whitesmithing.

However, and this is key, this is not really presented as an actual tutorial, unlike most of the videos here.

It is a "ride along" with a master. A teaser and tempter.

Now, where can I get a good deal on an anvil and forge?

(Posted on 12/23/2013)

Outstanding video Review by John

This is an excellent video. I watched it last night and went to the shop today to try my hand at making a compass. While Peter doesn't have to worry about me taking over the business, I was able to make a functional tool. I plan to watch again and take a few notes to have with me in the shop. I suspect the second go round will be even better. I can't wait for more in this series.

(Posted on 2/13/2013)

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