We have done several posts about making your own knives etc, but the main stumbling block stopping most folks having a go is that the tutorials usually say you need a forge to heat, shape and harden the steel.
Building a full sized blacksmiths forge is beyond most people, however, how about building a soup can forge? I think most people could manage this! Watch the video above to see how to build a simple soup can forge that is big enough for knife making. I guess if you wanted to make larger tools such as axe heads, you could just use a larger can and make a larger forge in the same manner.