Alex Ruiz is a part-time blacksmith and bladesmith from San Antonio, TX. Driven by a love of history and a background in archaeology, he picked up blacksmithing as a hobby in order to connect with old world methods of craftsmanship. In 2018 he competed on the television show Forged in Fire on the History Channel and came home with the title of Forged in Fire Champion (Season 5 Episode 13).
He is a member of Balcones Forge Central Texas Blacksmiths, holds a Lonestar Member rank in the Texas Knifemakers Guild, and is a member of the American Bladesmith Society.
In this video, Alex teaches the beginner how to get started in blacksmithing. He starts with an explanation of the tools used, and then he moves into three basic blacksmithing projects that are great for anyone new to blacksmithing.
The three projects include:
- A bottle opener
- A flint knapper
- A decorative leaf
Total Run Time: 1 hour 56 minutes.