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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 alone.

The serpent head is made from square stock that is fullered, shouldered, split and punched for the desired effect. Use them for architectural and decorative work.

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.