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Issue #156 January 2004


The fruit of the mahogany tree consists of a woody capsule (or “pod”) which contains long-winged seeds clustered to form a ball-like shape in the middle of the fruit. When the five parts of the outer shell are nailed to the woody interior near the end opposite the stem, the fruit opens up into a beautiful flower-like shape as it dries. Recreated in iron, it makes a striking ornament by itself, or for a variety of projects. Issue 156 shows how it's done.

We recently received a letter from one of our readers who was attempting to make the grill links featured in issue 53 of the Blacksmith’s Journal. She was having trouble getting the branches to come out at 90°, so it was off to the shop to see what new information on the technique we could uncover. This month we show some methods that supplement the original feature. Making these links may not be for the beginner, but once you get the hang of it, production goes relatively fast. Using a treadle hammer or striker also speeds up the process.