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Issue 115 displays some popular forge hoods types and variations. All hoods shown should draw well; the rule of thumb is to use a stack no less than 10” in dia. and restrict the open area around or leading into the hood sufficiently to create a draft.

This month's ToolCrib inspired Journal techniques for making a railing designed by Walt Hull. The first is a blow by blow account of how to forge the post end finials used on the railing.

Following the post end finial is an account of how the railing is made. Included is a shop drawing and explanation on how to make and assemble the railing components.

ToolCrib travels to Lawrence Kansas to visit Walt Hull Ironworks. Walt's shop is a good example of how the shop space can mature into an integral element of the work itself.