The Review Show No. 14 “Forging a Compass”

April 23, 2013

From the Back of the Case

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.

Our Thoughts

When it comes to woodworking DVDs it’s always nice to have a wide range of options. Not only in instructors to teach the topics woodworkers want to know more about, but also in the breadth of topics themselves.
Unfortunately we don’t think this title adds much to the woodworker’s knowledge base they can use in their shop on a day to day basis. It’s purely, for the lack of a better term, tool porn. More specifically hardcore luddite tool porn for the individual who is serious about replicating vintage tools.
Nothing wrong with this kind of passion, but for the vast majority of modern day woodworkers, the reality of making your own compass in a forge isn’t a reality at all. But if you want a peek into a historical replication and can appreciate it, this probably is a DVD you want to pick up.

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Blacksmithing for Woodworkers: Forging A Compass
Blacksmithing for Woodworkers: Forging A Compass
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