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  1. #1
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    Default Wanted to share some of my ironwork

    Most of the photos are camera phone shots and aren't the best quality.

    This is a prototype hook.
    A customer needs two of them to hang two trellis on the side of her stone home for tomato plants.

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    This is one of several colonial-styled candelholders I had made years ago and had the parts laying around the smithy.
    Sold two of them this Fall.

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    This next candelholder is a Christmas gift and the future owner is a lord of the rings / medieval fan.
    Not being that creative I had no clue what to do on short notice to measure up to the level of LOTR.

    So I made the center shaft out of 5/8" sq to look like a spike. I roughly upset the head and added a rattail at the bottom.
    The legs are from 1/2" sq and have an upset head on each with quarter-sized feet.
    Curves for the legs were done with a scroll jig.
    The arms are made from 3/8" sq.
    Curves for the arms were made with an old cast iron floor drain.
    1/4" rnd was used for that wrapping also.

    All square stock had the sharp edges hammered down and light hammer marks were added throughout.
    The drip cups were made from squares rather than round.

    A wax finish was applied with a torch.
    It's big but it just didn't look right in a smaller form.

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    I also have a photo studio and it looks much better under the studio lights.

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    First try at an ash shovel with a wall mount hanger.
    Next time I make the finial on the back a shovel, I'll go over it with a brass brush for some contrast.
    A fire poker and handmade broom go with the set.
    All metal given a hot wax finish.

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    Default Re: Wanted to share some of my ironwork

    Very nice! Ironwork looks like fun. Amazing.

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    Wow, very nice Allen!
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    Default Re: Wanted to share some of my ironwork

    Very nice. I am hoping to put in an iron fence around my front yard. Not sure I will be able to do the work myself. but it would be fun to try. MY son wants to start forging his own knives.
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    Default Re: Wanted to share some of my ironwork

    Nice stuff.

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    Default Re: Wanted to share some of my ironwork

    Very nice work. Would love to see one big pic of your shop layout.

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    Default Re: Wanted to share some of my ironwork

    Wow...this is great stuff. I've always wanted to try smith work but never got the chance. What is a "hot wax" finish? Can it be applied to most metal products?
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    Default Re: Wanted to share some of my ironwork

    Thanks Ravenseye.
    Have you heard of these folks? http://www.newenglandblacksmiths.org/
    If they are anything like my state group, you will be given a warm welcome and get to rub elbows with other smiths.
    Not sure what all the wax will work on. It's a paste that gets brushed onto metal that's heated over the fire or with an oxy-acetylene torch.
    Strictly an interior finish.

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    Default Re: Wanted to share some of my ironwork

    Thanks Allen! Interesting stuff. I need more spare time, that's for sure.
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    Default Re: Wanted to share some of my ironwork

    Allen- like your work, graceful.

    I've done a little, mostly to make tools, sharpen picks etc.

    Ravenseye- remarkably little is needed to experiment, my first firepot was an automobile wheel lined with garden mud, anvil was a piece of railroad track but any reasonably heavy piece of steel would work, fuel was some soft coal I had but hard coal or chunks of wood can be made to work, charcoal is very nice and is the original blacksmith fuel but it burns up kind of fast. Blower came from an old vacuum but most any blower could work, car heater, stove hood come to mind. Tuyere just a piece of pipe buried under the edge of the wheel. Hammer was a hammer. If you work at the end of long pieces you wont need tongs. Once you try it and see how therapeutic it is (for me at least) you'll start looking for better stuff. Have fun.

    Find "The Art of Blacksmithing" by Alex Bealer, good book

    Bill
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    Default Re: Wanted to share some of my ironwork

    Thanks Whiskers.


    I highly recommend this book: http://www.amazon.com/The-Backyard-B.../dp/0785825673
    Lorelei did a great job putting it together.

    Here are some more photos:

    (for some reason I can't delete the first photo of the hammers. The manage attachments button doesn't work)
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    Default Re: Wanted to share some of my ironwork

    Great..........thanks for sharing.......
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    Default Re: Wanted to share some of my ironwork

    Here are a few more photos.
    Over the years I've tried to make leaves and just failed at it. Not sure why because they are very simple.
    Recently I purchased a new custom hammer and thought I'd try again. Voila!
    The second shot is of some of the first leaves I made into key fobs.

    Mtforge, I'm interested in that kind of beeswax finish.
    Do you heat it with a double boiler and mix it with turpentine, linseed oil and japan dryer?
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    Default Re: Wanted to share some of my ironwork

    I think your leaves look great. When I started to make leaves it took me four years to come up with how I like to make them. Now I do them for school day demonstrations and when there is a group of kids around at the shows. I have a spiel that goes along with it to teach them about blacksmithing.

    I haven't tried to make a beeswax finish as I haven't had a reliable source of beeswax. I had a local beekeeper set up to supply me but when I wanted some he had changed his mind and his wife was going to make candles with it. The finish I currently use is to dip the hot metal in vegetable oil to season it. This works great for cooking utensils and such but I wanted to make a nicer finish for the nicer ($$$) items. I blacksmith full time and can't make a process if I can't repaeat it for the website, catalog and wholesale accounts.
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    My favorite is the bottle openers. Reminds me of beer!
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    Default Re: Wanted to share some of my ironwork

    Mtforge, that leaf is nice!
    Do you have a gas forge? For a nice finish I coat a piece in vegetable oil and then with a pair of dedicated tongs, I pass it through the hot gasser a few times till it smokes.
    I'll repeat that process a couple of times and the finish is consistent.

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    Default Re: Wanted to share some of my ironwork

    Allen at Furnace Creek Forge, eh? NOW I think I know who you are! I'm a noobie member of the Appalachian Blacksmiths Association, but not active with them.

    Sheesh, you put me to shame, but inspire me to finish building the forge. Anvil is a 160 lb American Wrought Iron Anvil Co, circa 1900.

    The fanciest thing I've ever made with my setup is a leaf. The most practical thing is this quick and dirty scale hook for weighing hives (below)

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    Default Re: Wanted to share some of my ironwork

    Allen;
    This is awesome stuff. I love it! Great to see someone doing this kind of craft. I can think of several things I would have you make, if you were closer to Missouri. Great job.
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