|Issue 82 looks at some additional possibilities for the finials shown
last month. New subjects include information about Hossfeld Benders,
shop tips and a new hammering technique.
||No blacksmith shop is complete
without a Hossfeld Bender. Issue 82
explores some of the basic die
setups of this useful tool and shows
how to make some of your own
|If you're interested in a new
hammering technique that's
easy on your arm and uses
the weight and velocity of the
hammer rather than brute force
to get the job done, this feature
is for you.
||Two kinds of anvil hold down tools,
a flux spoon that doubles as a can
opener and a place to put your
oxy-acetylene torch round out the "
hot tips" this month.
|This open forming die speeds
up the process of making the
finials shown in last months
issue, while preserving some
of the hand-hammered
characteristics of the piece.
||For those who prefer traditional techniques, this method of welding a
finial to heavier bar stock will be of interest. The same technique can
used to weld leaves and blades to bar stock.