John Winer's Monster Forge
John Winer is an architectural blacksmith living in East Tennessee. If you look in the
background of some of these pictures you'll see an extradordinary piece of railing he's
working on for a mansion up near Mountain City, Tennessee all using traditional
blacksmithing techniques. John also has been known to make a few knives as well as
furniture, but his main focus is shifting to larger architectural projects.
The picture above shows the large forge John built with integral cart. This thing is a
monster! He used a 2 foot diameter x 2 foot long pipe for the main forge body!
This picture shows a front view of the forge. The lower portion of the forge is lined with soft
insulating firebrick and then over top of that he has poured a floor using 110 pounds of
Mizzou castable refractory. The top and front/rear doors consist of 2" thick Inswool. John
loads this thing up with a full load and can work for hours at a time with his large air
hammer for forging and his smaller air hammer for texturing.
Forge with the big air hammer in the background.
So, how do you light a forge of this size? With your full size oxy/acet. torch, that's
If you look closely you can see the forge just lit (blue flame coming from the top burner
nozzle). The burner nozzle consists of a ceramic block with holes drilled in it.
This picture shows the forge with the front door in place and fully closed while the
forge heats up. When it gets up to heat, John will raise it just enough to slip his
metal in on the floor to retain as much heat as possible. With two air hammers in his
shop, one set up for forging and one set up for texturing, he's able to work a single
large bar in a one heat!
The burner assembly. Notice the box at the top that the burner tube goes into,
this is a baffle assembly which aids in mixing of the fuel/air mixture.
Another shot of part of the burner.
This picture shows where the burner enters the baffle assembly before exiting through
the ceramic burner nozzle.
...and last but not least, the ceramic burner nozzle.
John Winer is a very talented blacksmith and you should check out his website at
the following url: http://www.laughingcrowforge.us