At F.D. Ryan we use both modern and traditional methods to make our tools.
While James is not a blacksmith, he is still many years away from claiming this title - in using his great grandfather's own hammer, tongs and anvil he has been practising and perfecting many of these traditional skills.
Although forging is a slow and labour intensive method, it is often a preferred way of making tools because of the way the grain structure of the steel flows when hammered under heat. This gives the tool improved bending and impact strength. At the moment, James is making simple tools like his weeding knives. He is also bending some of his artwork on the forge. In the near future he will add digging forks to his range of forged tools.