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My name is Alec Steele and I am a 22 year old blacksmith from England, now living in Montana in the USA! With a great team of hardworking folks, we upload videos showcasing the projects we get up to here at the workshop. Lots of sparks, lots of making, lots of fantastic-ness. Great to have you here following along!
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Alec Steele Blacksmith 2020


  1. Samuel Kiger

    Samuel Kiger

    4 uur geleden

    Okay yeah I hear everyone on the powerhammer but Alec's striped shirt when he was grinding? Fan-freakin-tastic. I want one.

  2. Лабинская ягода-You Tube TV.

    Лабинская ягода-You Tube TV.

    5 uur geleden

    Интересное решение

  3. Jordan Nipper

    Jordan Nipper

    20 uur geleden

    Ngl off center drilling in round stock, is worse than nails on a chalk board to me. because I'm seeing it not hearing it and it makes me anxious lol

  4. Justin Désilets

    Justin Désilets

    2 dagen geleden

    9:18 - it doesn't look terrifying, that's exactly the perspective of a drill when mounted on a drill press.

  5. Josh __

    Josh __

    2 dagen geleden

    I feel like I'm watching hot Fuzz with this fast cut editing it's great!

  6. Anthony Wuthnow

    Anthony Wuthnow

    3 dagen geleden

    Will did I see you on the warrior poet society network website?

  7. Bigfoot1955


    5 dagen geleden

    I have to ask. Why is the Pitman hole off center? Probably obvious. Is it to put more metal on the side taking the impact stress?

  8. John Marine

    John Marine

    5 dagen geleden

    My favorite art form to watch in the middle of the night when I cant sleep.

  9. Glenn Müller

    Glenn Müller

    5 dagen geleden

    Dudes, you really have to stop acting when you talk to each other. It's looks odd and cringy. Please stay real!!! I know you have the best intends, but please stop it right now!

  10. aserta


    6 dagen geleden

    If you ream a hole, never move the table from where the hole was drilled. Even a fraction of a fraction off, and you'll make a bad hole. In this case, doesn't matter that much, you put in those bronze bushings, but seriously never do that. Beyond the wrong hole, you can also snap the reamer if one side has too much friction because you're not concentric. And that's an endgame part destroying move. On bigger stuff, you can even damage the machine. I'm not bullshiting you, i speak from personal experience. One minor thing, if you have large equipment like this, where big surfaces meet on bushings, chuck them into the lathe before you install them and using the biggest thread cutting action you can, cut a g*n rifling (shallow, doesn't need to be much) into the bushing. Later, that rifling should meet up with a hole, through which the oil is put from the outside (oil or grease, doesn't matter). In this application it would be even more important than say, a rotating one, because the system is basically static, meaning that once you start moving the machine, it will push the lubricant out of the way eventually, and you'll be having metal on metal friction, which is what destroyed it in the first place. By having that rifling in, you can add lubricant before each use (or rather said, after each long pause) and bypass the nature of the beast because the rifling brings lubricant in every part of the bushing, via the rifling. This used to be done with Babbitt bearings, and pure brass bearings back in the day, and basically every large piece of equipment had it.



    6 dagen geleden

    Do think Will has contract clause Not do NLcameras for so long after He left He never mentions It

  12. Mr.jjpowerbank


    6 dagen geleden

    At work i sheerd that tabt end of on a 25 mm drill

  13. Kirsty Sinclair

    Kirsty Sinclair

    6 dagen geleden

    Or just put a beer can around it .

  14. Barry Fields

    Barry Fields

    6 dagen geleden

    So the problem with the pitman arms is that the holes are wallowed right? Why don’t you just sleeve the. Bore them out, and press in some oil lite bronze bushing. Nice and easy lemon Squeezy.

  15. bannablitz247


    6 dagen geleden

    That off center hole was terrifying.

  16. Benedict Schmidt

    Benedict Schmidt

    7 dagen geleden

    6:10 Thats wrong. The Force is transfered only by the taper not the end of the drill

  17. Dice Doomkid

    Dice Doomkid

    7 dagen geleden


  18. Charles Mouse

    Charles Mouse

    8 dagen geleden

    Some unsolicited suggestions chaps: -You know how use Fusion360 -You have the plate Go make the parts you need in CAD, accurately, and take those files to a CNC Plasma cutter. Maybe overkill but consider putting some press-fit roller-bearings in the hammer as you rebuild it. It may save somebody in the future having such a big repair job. All the best. PS If I had a drill bit that big I think I'd keep it wrapped in paper too!

  19. Jeff Boerst

    Jeff Boerst

    8 dagen geleden

    LMAO! Soooooo many "That's What She Said" opportunities in your videos! ;)

  20. petegalvs


    8 dagen geleden

    This is the first video in a while that had me seriously impressed. The other ones lately have been fun, but this one was awesome. Raw steel to machined part??? Wild.

  21. Radical Ans

    Radical Ans

    8 dagen geleden

    Man... All the lathe work in this video is boring. ;)

  22. Nipherias / Jonas

    Nipherias / Jonas

    8 dagen geleden

    To be honest. You could've made the links by welding two pipes to a flatbar much easier.

  23. Dominik Kempen

    Dominik Kempen

    8 dagen geleden

    Alex: "hey i made something and it worked" shouldn't that be the standart? ;P

  24. Captain MufDyven

    Captain MufDyven

    8 dagen geleden

    Alec if you run into having a issue with an undersize bushing/pin you can knurl the piece to increase the outer diameter and ease it back down to the correct size for a better fit, then there's also green Loc-Tite retaining compound that is specifically for retaining bushings, pins, etc, and it can be used to take up the tiny bit of extra space while also helping to retain the bushing in the bore.

  25. halfassed00


    8 dagen geleden

    They both had their backs turned to a running lathe... yikes

  26. GW Rider

    GW Rider

    8 dagen geleden

    Much more interesting, than making swords.

  27. TheBillybushcook


    8 dagen geleden

    Nice job on the re-build guys. one correction for you on the Taper Shank Drill. That is Taper Shank Drills do not & should not transmit drive via the Tang. A Morse Taper is a self locking Taper & this is what provides the power transmission between the sleeve & the Drill.

  28. Atomicwinter 31

    Atomicwinter 31

    8 dagen geleden

    Uh... im sorry to say this but... you shouldn't use a center drill for a mill... you gotta use a spot drill... it cuts easier, and leaves a finer web when compared to a centerdrill on a mill.

  29. BIG Wojo 68

    BIG Wojo 68

    8 dagen geleden

    Does anyone know the name of the song Alec uses at 5:01?? Its so relaxing!

  30. Onuma


    8 dagen geleden

    9:40 CURSED LATHING! Man...that sets off some obsessive compulsion if I've ever encountered anything.

  31. Micah Jaesperson

    Micah Jaesperson

    8 dagen geleden

    Here is an idea that maybe you have heard already. How about making a scrench out of Damascus and the Damascus is made from chainsaw chains?

  32. Adam Goebel

    Adam Goebel

    8 dagen geleden

    Feel like this woulda been a hell of cool project to make new exposed parts out of Damascus.

  33. Richard Land

    Richard Land

    8 dagen geleden

    Another idea which I’ve not seen anybody make before would be a Demascus frying pan. I actually think that would be quite cool.

  34. Drew Rathbone

    Drew Rathbone

    9 dagen geleden

    Ages ago I recall back in the uk someone said are you making damascus broomhandles now. Which made me think, perhaps you could make the ruyi jin gu bang, the monkey kings staff. Now with your new casting , inlaying and engraving skills could be an even better project, perhaps a cloud pattern Damascus. Plus with the vibe around the new monkey king video game it would be epic

  35. Youssef Hartha

    Youssef Hartha

    9 dagen geleden

    Dude it has been 5 days I'm waiting for a part 3

  36. Eldser


    9 dagen geleden

    The likely culprit to the holes being too large are that the pilot holes are rather oversized for the drill bit you are using. You should use a pilot drill bit that is just about (1-3 mm for this scale of work) larger than the web of the large drill bit. A too large of a pilot hole upsets the "natural balance" of the drill and amplifies any imperfections in the drilling process resulting in the drill bit throwing (sometimes) as much as 0.5 mm off center! Drilling the hole in three steps as you are doing here can be done if the machine you are using does not have the necessary power needed to make the hole in fewer steps but then you should leave even more material for the finishing pass and bore the hole to final dimensions rather than ream it.

  37. MrGoodDeeds3


    9 dagen geleden

    Alec, first of all Love your videos. I’m really not trying to be “that guy” but this is my first attempt to bring someone in on an idea. This prototype is begging to be forged (possibly cast for production). I noticed that you are very active in building your trade and have ventured into marketing. Very nice Anvil by the way. My Idea has been thoroughly researched and I’m actively looking for a patent lawyer but would prefer to have the prototype first. Please contact me so that I may be better educated on the route that I’m taking or should take moving forward. Thanks and appreciate the ear. Mrgooddeeds3.

  38. Opinionator52


    9 dagen geleden

    As an "old" retired machinist myself,,, it's fun to watch two brilliant young men teaching themselves and learning machine work!!! Please be careful,,,... ;o) . O,,,

  39. Larry Thorn

    Larry Thorn

    9 dagen geleden

    So...I really only watch for the Steele vs Stelter vids, soooo you guys better keep doing those.

  40. Patrick Wiedemann

    Patrick Wiedemann

    10 dagen geleden

    I love these restoration videos. Keep up the good work!

  41. Matthew Robbins

    Matthew Robbins

    10 dagen geleden

    Was Alec holding steel that was red hot??? @2:00

  42. Cygnwolf


    10 dagen geleden

    Alec: our holes are too big... oh, wait, nevermind....

  43. Nicholas Roulston

    Nicholas Roulston

    10 dagen geleden

    How much might inquire did a hammer such as this go for in 2017?

  44. A WC

    A WC

    10 dagen geleden

    Hope you see this but can you make Damascus copper? Is that even a thing?

  45. timothy naquin

    timothy naquin

    10 dagen geleden

    It would be awesome if y'all saved all those shavings of all the projects y'all have put threw the lave and milling machine to make an awesome canister damascus blade... A real Bastard Blade made up of all the scraps

  46. Sarrdai


    10 dagen geleden

    Hey! Could someone tell me how the blue liquid is called, that alec uses to mark his steel and the fitting etc? Is this Loctite? Thx!

    • Captain MufDyven

      Captain MufDyven

      8 dagen geleden

      Nope the blue liquid is called Dykem layout fluid, generally found in blue and red. General rule of thumb was tool makers and machinists used the blue on dark materials like fresh castings and forgings, and the red was used on machined surfaces, reason being is that the different contrasts make your layout marks easier to see depending on the surface it's on, but I've also heard that the blue is for ferrous material (magnetic) and the red is non-ferrous(non-magnetic). Loc-tite is a brands name for thread locking compound and it somes in many different colors depending on the usage, the most common I've seen are, blue for general purpose nut and bolt retention and is "semi permanent" meaning the parts CAN be taken apart with some extra effort if need be, red is "permanent" and generally means you don't plan on taking the item apart after assembly, as it will requires quite a bit of heat and effort to get the nut/bolt off, and then there's green and it's used a cylindrical locking compound used to retain bushing in pin holes etc.

  47. sean tap

    sean tap

    10 dagen geleden

    The Tab thing is called a TANG.. Love the vids

  48. Captain America

    Captain America

    10 dagen geleden

    Doing great guys!!!! It's a restoration mixed with fabrication

  49. Troy Vincent

    Troy Vincent

    10 dagen geleden

    See you on part three.

  50. devon zuccaro

    devon zuccaro

    11 dagen geleden

    have you ever made a Damascus round shield

  51. Brian Anderson

    Brian Anderson

    11 dagen geleden

    The tang is more for removal of the drill bit not to hold the position.

    • Wyllie Coyote

      Wyllie Coyote

      9 dagen geleden

      I was about to write a comment saying just this. Tang is for extraction.

  52. Noman Ahmed

    Noman Ahmed

    11 dagen geleden

    Hey try forging a magnet

  53. felixar90


    11 dagen geleden

    Btw the morse taper drill is driven solely by the friction of the taper. The tang is only there to help eject the drill from the holder.

  54. Dice Blue

    Dice Blue

    11 dagen geleden

    I went to Beermouth on vacation!

  55. BPLink


    11 dagen geleden

    Some of the stuff you two do on the mill and lathe make me cringe.

  56. hunn20004


    11 dagen geleden

    2:54 The poor milling machine: "I CAN'T TOLERATE THESE WORK CONDITIONS!"

  57. watchthe1369


    11 dagen geleden

    Is Missoula near you? Zombie Tools is based there, maybe you can come up with a collab?

  58. Peter Gamache

    Peter Gamache

    11 dagen geleden

    If you're only a few thou oversized on something you meant to be an interference fit, you can cheat by knurling the OD of the inside part. Not ideal, but if it's the difference between scrapping the part and having what you need ... definitely an option. :)

  59. bsshiver


    11 dagen geleden

    Alec, if you guys ever need help machining a part, check out Abom79 here on NLcameras. An excellent machinist

  60. Will Jolliff

    Will Jolliff

    11 dagen geleden

    7:59 Mrs Steele, I presume?

  61. Andrew Santillan

    Andrew Santillan

    11 dagen geleden

    I love this channel I’ve been subscribed to you for 3 years and I still watch every videos

    • Andrew Santillan

      Andrew Santillan

      11 dagen geleden

      If forged in fire was still a thing that would be so cool for you to enter and donate the winnings to a charity that you support



    11 dagen geleden

    Do those two links need to be a balanced pair, to reduce wear and vibration ?

  63. Evolution Race Team

    Evolution Race Team

    12 dagen geleden

    Soooo when can we order the new work shirts?!?

  64. Kjell de jonge

    Kjell de jonge

    12 dagen geleden

    So when are you going to be on skillshare whith your smithing courses?!

  65. nothing to see here

    nothing to see here

    12 dagen geleden

    sokka sword sokka sword sokka sword sokka sword sokka sword sokka sword

  66. Doug Henning

    Doug Henning

    12 dagen geleden

    Would be good if you could add the specs for setup. 👍👍

  67. VettezLife1998


    12 dagen geleden

    You guys rock! Friends helping friends to move forward in life is a beautiful thing to see. Humanity is restored by people like you guys!!! Thanks for the video, i am sure this hit home to a lot of viewers!!!

  68. Rock Monkey Kettlebell

    Rock Monkey Kettlebell

    12 dagen geleden

    Can you forge a kettlebell?

  69. Chili :D

    Chili :D

    12 dagen geleden

    Can’t believe you guys are gonna split up the team!!! You guys work great together which make your videos awesome to watch!!!

  70. patw999


    12 dagen geleden

    Probably 20 comments on drilling but my 2 cents. If you are drilling a large hole and drill a starter hole to keep you large bit from wandering (which is what happened) you do not want your starter hole to be larger than the chisel edge or web ( pointy part of drill bit) of the largest hole. Say your drilling an 1 1/4” hole and the chisel edge measure 3/32” you would use a 3/32” drill bit for the pilot hole after drilling a small centering hole with a centering bit. This way you drill bit stays true to the hole. Even if the pilot only goes down 1-1/2” it will still keep the large bit drilling centered.

  71. l'Artisan Brasseur

    l'Artisan Brasseur

    12 dagen geleden

    This offcentered hole was mesmerizing

  72. Angie Kyle

    Angie Kyle

    12 dagen geleden

    Boys... When will chucked the 4 inch hunk of steel i started singing "Come with me, and you'll be, in a world of OSHA violations. " But... as you didn't flip it on 5000 rps. It worked better then I thought.

  73. Sebastian Acacia

    Sebastian Acacia

    12 dagen geleden

    The music at 5:10 makes me think of borderlands 2

  74. James Stonge

    James Stonge

    13 dagen geleden

    You guys should make table cutlery but they are kept in a leather tool pouch

  75. Ethan Sheesha

    Ethan Sheesha

    13 dagen geleden

    So a video or 2 ago I remember hearing you mention the fact that you live in montana, and then I watched the one challenge where you made door hooks or whatever. I just want you to know you possibly just chose the best state for small businesses and people who are trying to move up in the money chain. I guarantee if you made a gift store or even sold some of your stuff to a gas station you would get people to buy it. I mean one thing is for sure in this state, people LOVE hand made things. Especially like the things you make. Like fire poker sets, or leather working tools or literally anything interesting like that would definitely sell. I know for sure that you can find a market for hand made goods here, there are plenty of homesteaders and farmers that pay a lot of money for good woodwork and cool things like that. If you are wanting to get a start on possible outlets to sell to, the Fort gas station in Columbus might be a good place to start. Or there is this gift shop in Custer national forest by red lodge montana that sells alot of nifty little gift items and things like that. Hell there are even plenty of little stores placed around the state in all kinds of weird places that you could sell things to. Just a little idea I was thinking of while I was at work.

  76. Heath


    13 dagen geleden

    1:48 =mush eating

  77. Hector Luckham

    Hector Luckham

    13 dagen geleden

    Hi if any one is interested im selling a fallkniven s1x on etsy for a really good price

  78. M J

    M J

    13 dagen geleden

    @alecteele @ 5:06 are you dipping?!?!?

  79. Kyle Reynolds

    Kyle Reynolds

    13 dagen geleden

    I'm slightly surprised you didn't make the linkages damascus lol

  80. Rod


    13 dagen geleden

    2:25 dude you need laptop made for man.

  81. Rod


    13 dagen geleden

    Hey guys, don't put the Brazilian flag on the wall, otherwise you will start inviting girls to visit the workshop... have a few beers... music... friends will start go over there to chat and play poker... your channel will become an eternal party... goodbye work! It always happens when someone hangs Brazilian flags

  82. chipmunkshavenuts


    13 dagen geleden

    LOL I remember my first time doing an offset hole on a lathe. Put it in the chuck, used an indicator to get it offset enough, turned the lathe on and instinctively turned it off as soon as it started spinning looking like it was wobbling. Laughed at myself, turned it back on, and it worked just fine.

  83. stuart mcmahon

    stuart mcmahon

    13 dagen geleden

    Hey Alec, great vids, just had a great idea. how about a Damascus Saw.......

  84. Michael Brown

    Michael Brown

    13 dagen geleden

    Love the build, love the content, and love the energy! BUT! where can I find that awesome quarter-zip your sporting Alec?

  85. Xargen Tel'Nada

    Xargen Tel'Nada

    13 dagen geleden

    I like how Alec keeps going to check in on Will to procrastinate working on the bits just so he doesn't cock them up

  86. waite24b


    13 dagen geleden

    Alec, it's hard to tell in the video, but the e/d (hole edge distance) in those end links appears too small...but I'm assuming it matches the original, so good on ya!

  87. Patrick Kyle

    Patrick Kyle

    13 dagen geleden

    Hey big time of the channel! out of curiosity what 3d design program do you guys use?

  88. Alex H

    Alex H

    13 dagen geleden

    There's one bonus. You will know way more about how it works, understand it as you madr many parts yourself. Plus your making parts almost imnsimilar ways to original builders. Machines changed but still skilled humans.

  89. Adam Leese

    Adam Leese

    13 dagen geleden

    You can not create abrupt stop an 90s with something with this force the have to be over built were the round goescto the center will have the most force so make the flow things like trains heavy equipment dont narrow the center part of the linkage down

  90. Andries Louw

    Andries Louw

    13 dagen geleden

    Seeing something manufactured as simple as this part me a great appreciation for machinists of the pre-CNC era.

  91. Vtlx


    13 dagen geleden

    This video felt like an episode of Art Attack from the 90s!

  92. Nickopen321


    13 dagen geleden


  93. mads christensen

    mads christensen

    13 dagen geleden

    Next video. Watch us make a powerhammer from scratch

  94. Martin Hansen

    Martin Hansen

    13 dagen geleden

    Rule of thumb. Reamer 1 mm larger than pilot hole.

  95. Ricc13


    13 dagen geleden

    That sharp inside corner on the toggle ling, if its going to break it will break thear, garanteed.

  96. OFF AIR


    13 dagen geleden

    why is the production quality so good? has a mythbusters vibe to it. Its a low budget youtube vid. You have no business being this good

  97. Annan Hildebrand

    Annan Hildebrand

    13 dagen geleden

    As a machinist, that lathe work with the eccentric hole was scary. In case you even read this, next time you can set up a dial indicator to get the hole much more accurately in place. Simply zero out the indicator at it's furthest travel and continuously adjust the chuck as you need. You might be able to run another indicator against the shaft of the dial indicator itself as well just to be sure it's perfectly straight. You might get some sine error if it's not perfectly straight.

  98. Fendi Nugroho

    Fendi Nugroho

    13 dagen geleden

    Broo.. Please make some DAMASCUS FOIL !! That’s must be interesting !!

  99. John Benjamin Tatum

    John Benjamin Tatum

    13 dagen geleden

    The kid is the ”brains”, and the old man is the ”brawn”. =:0)

  100. jack garrido gonzalez

    jack garrido gonzalez

    13 dagen geleden

    It was about time I've been waiting for you years.