Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Forged Rounding hammers

3 completed hammers, 2 lb each + or -, with American Hickory handles. Forged from old horse drawn wagon axle.
Dressed ( meaning faces ground ) and ready for heat treatment.
Top, upset head ready to punch eye hole, punched and ready to drift, and bottom completed hammer.
Showing the wagon axle they came from,.
And Yes, all work was done hot.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Forge air gate

The best forge upgrade ever ! Simple, highly effective and a must for any air input except hand crank and bellows.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Porta - forge

Legs for the new porta - forge, 1/4" x 1.5", flavored via jig on left of table. The flair is to increase stability by widening the forges' footprint. A forge, even a portable , needs to be very solid.
I am making a smaller version of the one you see to lthe left.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

First Friday Demo in Rocky Mount, NC

Wish I could have said that was my Starbucks's coffee on that table but it wasn't, had some in a thermos but too busy to get to it. The Maria V. Howard art center in Rocky Mount, NC  is phenomenal, truly a world class arts facility and it was a pleasure to Demo there. This was a new venue for me and the staff was excellent, the crowd really nice and it was cool how the anvils ring reverberated off the enormous brick building !

Monday, November 16, 2015

Rivet Backing Block

There is a sweet little ski resort in Davis,WV called Timberline. Back in 1995, the last time I rode there, the snowboard park had a narrow gate at the bottom of the main Blue slope, which you had to negotiate at speed to have enough velocity to make air, etc in the board park. Very effective at ensuring 
only a moderate and up skill level could use the park. In blacksmithing the gates are self imposed. Here is today's gate, a rivet backing block I had to make for a one off project need. It also is used in the post leg vise.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Fists & Flowers

Steel sketch for December's first Friday demo I will be doing in Rocky Mount, NC. Envision this crossbar as part of a grille.