Published on Jan 7, 2019
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My name is Alec Steele and I am a 20 year old blacksmith from Norfolk in the United Kingdom, now living in Montana in the USA! I upload a vlog from my day at the workshop almost every single day. Lots of sparks, lots of making, lots of fantastic-ness. Great to have you here following along!
What do I make? LOTS of Damascus steel, knives, swords, axes and more and of course, I always love hearing your suggestions for future projects in the comments below!

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Alec Steele Blacksmith 2018


  • Glad you're finally stateside! Glad to have you! Welcome!

  • Alec, why dont you grind the bolt a lil bit?

  • hahahhah. they seriously didn't know the tape measure feature? that really is bad.

  • Flat head screws will work.

  • Keeping the Old Trade alive !!!

  • Lol, I knew that about tape measures...but someone told me, I didn't know for the longest time..

  • Did you make a video of the concrete pour?

  • Excellent job guys.

  • I happen to know for a fact that Will didn’t really get shocked other than it being an obvious good joke. I’ve gotten electrocuted by 110V and you can’t really immediately free yourself, you kind of freeze up for a good five seconds just shaking lol. I did it on a part which I didn’t think had any current going through it, and I swear I sat there with my arm shaking for a good ten seconds before I realized it was electricity doing it.

  • Guys, Just flip that tank plate over. It'll still pivot to let you roll the tank on, just at a slightly higher slope!

  • Those Fireball jigs really do take you a step in the right direction from fabricobbling to actual, honest-to-goodness fabricating.

  • Heard the crinkling of the wiring and cringed so hard...

  • I'll be that guy. I love this series of videos alot more than the last sword you made. It was fun until the inlay videos became tedious.

  • I didn't new the tape measure thing! 😲

  • "Big" drill presses? I've got three of those Delta in the step-pulley version, two floor and one bench. All of them had the same wiring issue yours did, it's simply age... The big drill press has to be moved with a forklift - Clausing 22V 20" with Reeves variable speed control (think it's the same as your VS (make sure to run the speeds every time you use it) and mechanical power downfeed. PS - stick with aluminium; you're British, the American pronunciation sounds odd...

  • Lol@ the measyring tape thing hahaha how did u work with steel for so long and not know this

  • I really admire your work, I know myself that I would never be able to do anything you do in your videos, I respect your effort and the amount of work you took to get here. ALL WHILE ENTERTAINING EVERY VIEWER!!! You are a model person and I thank you very much

  • he alec, wy don't you geys buy a forklift of your own, they arent exspansif ( atleest not here in holland) and......sorry for my bad englis

  • Please please please pronounce aluminium how the proper way. The British way, the way you was taught 😉

  • On the roll on cart just weld those carriage bolts in and grind the heads off so you have the clearance for the bottle.

  • Spotweld the bolt and grind down the bolt heads and the tank will enter without having to carry it.

  • Don't say aluminum Alec, you're better than that.

  • his hair it does not feel right when its down

  • You could have just got a ZTFab cart.

  • You have a Master Forge Guru from the UK and a Master Knife Guru from the US...can you make a hybrid Commando knife which is both US/UK related? Former Sgt. from the 4th Infantry Division (M). I think you have the make them work!

  • You 16 or 43? Can’t tell

  • Omg the bus doesn't go where you live does it alex

  • The music at 6:44 reminds me of the Futurama theme.

  • I don't believe you didn't know that.....lmao

  • Nice new haircut

  • I have one very, very similar to the second (larger) one you have; it was a 1947 piece (Delta/Rockwell). I did a full restoration on it and it's a BEAST. Love it.

  • You can remake that bottom plate for the tank and have the angle that attaches to the frame on the outside instead of the inside. That might give you enough room to roll the tank in.

  • Al you mini um

  • Hvg

  • Feel like a coming out the closet moment is coming.

  • I only recently learned about that thing with tape measures, too... at 28. I understand the embarrassment ^^

  • God damnit stay Brittish :D ALUMINIUM!

  • Ummm... yes can we get an exact number on a HECK TON please hahaahhhhaaAAAHHaaa.

  • I was going to mention the shim at the end of the measuring tape, but figured you knew already. So, since you didn't know, I'll also mention that letting it snap back can loosen the shim by causing the rivets to tear into the tape, throwing your measurements off even more in the future. Next time I notice something I'll mention it right away. My bad, Alec!

  • That definately came out of a woodshop 😂

  • Your drill presses look like the only ones we have in our shop except ours have tons of drill bit craters. I still love them and they are always satisfying to to drill with. Just found your channel from the title of this video and am loving it.

  • Fireball tools was not very original.. they allready existed in the 70's in germany

  • Song on 4:40?!?! Any one!!?!

  • Good job on Trending.

  • Need an Alec perfect blade soon sir, jonesing for some sharpe metal perfection..........

  • Will is awesome always doing the grunt work, everyone needs a Will.

  • Montana may be beautiful but not really known as an industrial area with a lot of machining equipment like there is around Detroit. I live about 100 miles away in Ohio and there is still a lot of auto manufacturing here.

  • It's aluminium, not aluminum.

  • can you combine 3 types of metal?

  • Hey Alec, do you ever forge off camera? And how did you get into it

  • Hey you both got buzz cuts !

  • Jeez. You didn’t know that about tape measures?? I’m lost for words. With the skills you have I would never have thought you hadn’t realized this 10 years ago

  • Starting to get fed up to yanky

  • Have you looked at ribbon burner forges? Was thinking about building one. What are your thoughts?

  • Spokane represent!!!!!! Fireball tools for the win!

  • I remember when I bought my old delta dp220. I carried that heavy SOB 50 or so yards through my yard to my shop. I was only 14 at the time, it was brutal.

  • Why don't you make a supersteel sword ? (Sorry if my English isn't perfect but i'm from Italy)

  • Could you get a shop in Norway please?

  • Alec... How many measuring tapes did you ruin by hammering rivets shut? :'D

  • God I wish I had sceneries like that in Bradford 😒

  • You guys didn't know how the hook on a tape works! Dude...dude...dude. Now you need to make a jig that allows you to test your push/pull measurement per tape. Every woodshop has one (usually tests at the 12" mark, at the primary edge not the leading one). Gotta standardize your metrology! LOL! keep up the good work! Rock on!

  • Cool to see this video was at one point all the way up to #27 on Trending.

  • please do the big enough meme (cowboy screaming in the sky) for the intro one day

  • electrician here been in the building trade about 15 years and i definitely of course absolutely did know about that with the tapes

  • Just pronounce aluminum the way you normally would. Your accent is fun to hear.. also say zed instead of zero. Say atall instead of at all.

  • Have him replace all the wires

  • 220 in murica whaatttttt

  • It’s been 2 days, I need a new video from you on what things you did since the last video..

  • Can u forge a Obsidian?

  • Try making a gun

  • Do you plan on doing any forging in 2019?

  • Good progress on your shop man. Keep cracking on! I was wondering if you were ever going to start selling those forge burners from Australia again?

  • Hi. congrats on two good machines. It seems as you are doing well. But at 2 min 35 one can see at the left in the image, an extension cord on a selfwinding drum. Be careful, using such equiepment, as the cable get hot on the drum when electric loaded, and can possibly melt the cable, or worse, catch fire.

  • Seen Devils Tower yet, a must see

  • You need to put some real blue wheels and casters on that cart

  • I miss the old Alec. Hurry up and start smashing out sweet knives!

  • Anyone know what happened with Alec hiring a videographer / editor? Also - I've got a filler video concept - make a few forges. One for small stock and another for swords. Thoughts?

  • i would love to know how you got into black smithing in the uk, i live down in dorset and this would be something id love to take up as a career. :)

  • When you get sick of winter come on over to Oregon, think you'd be a good fit.

  • I want to see a Damascus steel axe or hatchet. Would be amazing and very useful tool

  • hey Alec I was rewatching your chef's knife build from last year, and I noticed you have one of the Grimsmo pens! How do you like the canadian cnc engineering?

  • Nice to know he can say Spokane right

  • So tape measures, I knew that. Also, because of the flexibility of that tip it's important to not let the tape retract all the way in. Stop it just before the tip hits home so as to keep that tip from breaking off.

  • Yesss my fav US-tvr finally uploaded 🌹🔥🔥🔥


  • @Alec Steele do you have any first hand Experience with Sonic Tools

  • Alec you should come to wisconsin

  • Don’t you mean fabcobling lol

  • Lol 😂. I knew that!

  • Fire Ball tools, not FiBull, speak American Alec

  • #35 ON TRENDING! Congrats Alec on making the trending page.

  • I didn't know the tape measure thing

  • Everybody is on about the slab. And here I sit wondering about that mailbox.

  • You should try and make a knife out of metal shavings (idea from green beetle).

  • Nice video keep em rolling

  • Alec will you hang up my Alaskan flag in the workshop????????

  • Cut the heads off your bolts and weld them through with a thinner plate. Should still hold and you get your fancy schmancy bottle foot back!

  • I almost miss the Viking Sword build. Gone are the daily posts from the Barker St. days.

  • For the welding cart, use plow bolts to fix your space issue.

  • Yeah... You have ear protection but we don’t I plan to sue.