I'll admit that I'm a bit sad...more than a bit sad...but hopefully that won't last long.
As promised I'll try and update you on all the projects I've been neglecting to write about, starting with a really lovely, stylized, forged tree.
The first thing that always happens with a project is the design (done by Jim) and then the full sized drawing (also done by Jim) and then I start work on measuring out materials and cutting lengths ready to forge, form and assemble. This design was nice to work on because it involved making four identical sections which would then be fitted together with the trunk. It was good practice for me getting to grips with cold bending on the flypress (something I was not enthusiastic about when I first started working at The Blazing Blacksmith') with varying sizes of material.
The main frame of the tree, branches and some of the leaves were made up of different sizes of round bar which were shaped, cut neatly and welded together.
The rest of the leaves were plasma cut, dressed off and then forged on the power hammer.
|Leaf blank ready to be heated|
|Central vein marked using the power hammer|
|First side of the leaf done|
|Many finished leaves|
Then everything was set up and welded together.
After it was welded, it got sent of to be galvanized and came back looking like this...
Unfortunately it didn't stay shiny for long because it needed to be T-washed.
|Finished tree next to me...|
|Componants for brackets|
|Tacked and ready to weld together|
|Four finished brackets|
I'm going to leave this here (pun intended...) and will continue to update you on previous projects before letting you see what I'm helping Jim with just now...it's a good one!!!