One of the basics of forgery is the making of nails. When I started acquiring the skills of this craft, I wanted to begin with the basics. I wanted to make my own blacksmith nails. As many times before I encountered a problem – I didn’t have the tools to make nails so I had to make my own tool first.
/I wanted to make my own blacksmith nails. /
In the past it was usual for a blacksmith to make the tools he needed. I checked different videos on YouTube. Then I set on making the tools. However, I was not consistent enough and my tools were flawed. The making of nails was very difficult, and because I was learning with the wrong kind of tools, the nails I made were of poor quality. I thought long and hard about what I was doing wrong.
/and because I was learning with the wrong kind of tools, the nails I made were of poor quality./
I finally admitted to myself that I have to start all over again. I made new tool, and that time it was much better. The result was amazing. It was a relief because I knew I mastered one of the basics of forgery. I made my own nails with my own tools. It filled me with confidence and pride, and I needed that to continue my learning in blacksmith workshop.
Igor Kanop, Creative iron