||Issue 36 begins with two very different collars, each having unconventional
characteristics. The first one is based on the “cut and bend” technique
shown last month. The second one is fabricated and offers more design flexibility.
|The same cut-and-bend technique used for the collars is used for a door
pull. Creating a shoulder at the bend allows a logical end for the groove
down the center of the handle. The same is true for the diagonal cuts that
extend from the groove to the edge of the bar.
||This project is inspired by the annual Ozark blacksmiths’ conference
held in Missouri. Every year marks another forging contest—a timed
event to test blacksmithing skills. This year it’s forging a dipper
out of ½” square, and the one that holds the most water wins.
Contest dippers are expected to be rather crude given the time limit (7
minutes). The one shown in Issue 136 starts out the same, but ends up considerably
|Our hillside shop doesn't have to have a wooden floor, it could have
a suspended or back filled concrete floor instead. However the attractiveness
of a wooden floor led to solutions for inherent problems. To tame the bounce,
a steel beam and post system on which the building is cantilevered supports
the anvil, treadle hammer and vise. The fire hazard is addressed by laying
aluminum flashing under the floor—this should stop red-hot debris
from finding its way through the cracks. Learn more in the May issue.