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Forged Animal Heads with Bill Epps


Forged Animal Heads with Bill Epps
Item Number: DVD200
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  • By: Bill Epps
  • Time: 33 Minutes
  • Disc: 1
  • Format: DVD

  • This DVD is the first in a series featuring Mesquite, Texas blacksmith, Bill Epps.
  • A nice introductory collage of images, underscored by folk music and a quote from Longfellow's The Blacksmith, gives the viewer a clue that these videos are going to be different from most of what's out there on the how-to market.
  • In this video the viewer learns the steps in creating several novelty animal heads out of square stock and a novelty horse out of a horseshoe (Epps began his career as a farrier).
  • The artist also discusses ideas on applications for the items shown.
  • A chalkboard segment introduces each item, breaking down the process of creating the heads and showing how the shape of the steel should change in each step.
  • Epps includes tips on technique, including a discussion of the molecular structure of steel and why a smith makes his steel square, then round, and how to use a cross-peen hammer correctly.
  • Forge-welding can be clearly seen in the making of one of the pieces, and Epps gives tips to the beginning blacksmith on how to create a good forge weld.