Unique joinery is at the root of many forged-iron designs—the grill
presented in issue 87 is no exception. It is followed by an easy to make serpent
head useful for many applications. Finally, Dialogue contains six new ideas
including a combination swage block stand, a self-centering grooving tool and
the Hossfeld die holder shown below.
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The complexity of this grill is deceiving because it's made from only
two elements. These elements—repeated four times—comprise both
the frame and the interior of the grill. They are assembled with collars
and rivets to create a new design that is more complex the core elements
The serpent head is made from square stock that is fullered, shouldered,
split and punched for the desired effect. Use them for architectural and
In Dialogue you'll find that if you have a Hossfeld bender with a set
of radius dies for bending angle iron, you can also use them at the anvil
by making a cradle-like die holder that fits in your hardy hole.