Blacksmithing Guides

The 2017 Anvil and Forge Buying Guide 

Coming Friday, December 9!

Our no-frills roundup of anvils from FREE to $1500+ organized by Price, Weight, Manufacturer, and Where to get it. In it you will learn how to:

  • Save time and money on an anvil.
  • Find an anvil in your price range and weight requirement.
  • Learn exactly where to go to find anvils at the right price.
  • Discover high-quality, lesser-known brands the compete with titans like Ridgid/Peddinghaus.
  • Take advantage of Free Shipping on a variety of anvils.

U.S. Blacksmith Schools (Amazon)

"Where can I find a blacksmithing class near me?"
U.S. Blacksmith Schools answers that question and more:
  • How much will it cost?
  • Who teaches it?
  • Is it close to where I live?
  • What courses do they offer?
  • How large is the class?
Easily find schools in your city with an alphabetized list of all of the schools in the U.S.
Over 150+ schools around the country.

The DIY Blacksmithing Book (Amazon)

Everything you need to know to get started forging this weekend. With 7 easy-to-follow sections including Building Your Forge, Sourcing an Inexpensive Anvil, and Creating a Functional Workspace.

STOP before you spend thousands of dollars on an anvil and forge.
Read The DIY Blacksmithing Book first and take pride in putting your DIY skills to the test.

Hooks 101: How to Make $99 an Hour

In Hooks 101, you'll get a step-by-step plan for creating one of the best-selling household items a blacksmith can make. 

While hooks may seem a little ordinary, I guarantee you will sell more of them on a regular basis than ornamental iron gates. :)

Would you like to know more? Pick up a copy on Amazon.


  1. Thank you so very much for sharing your knowledge with us, Mr. Marks. I'm trying to get into bladesmithing, and while I have a good knowledge base from my father, my own research, and metalworking classes I took in school, it thrills me to be able to read someone's first-hand experience and gain practical information. Again, thank you very much.

    1. That's awesome, Zach. Thanks for picking up the guide. Best of luck with the bladesmithing. Let me know how it's going if you get a chance.

  2. hello, I would like to give something to download the books. I would prefer to pay by paypal. Is this possible. Cheers, emma
    P.S. you may have just received this comment but it sent me to a word press page so i thought i would send it again just in case! Cheers.

    1. Hi Emma. Thank you! That's kind of you. With PayPal, you can use
      I hope the books add value to whatever you're working on.

  3. I like making hooks, they're useful, quick, limited in scope only by your imagination, and can be made from small bits of metal cluttering up the shop. It hadn't really occurred to me that they'd be easy to sell. You have a very nice website, thank you for your time and information.