||Hammers such as this claw hammer are easier to make than one might expect.
The handle hole is punched square to spread the material laterally, then
the expanded metal is drawn down against a drift to form the rectangular
hole. Once this is done it's a relatively easy matter to cut out a blank
and forge the claw and face.
|Helmut Hellenkamp submitted this idea for making a rose out of a 1" round
bar. Geometric shapes are made by sawing into the end of the bar, then
they are spread out and forged flat to make the rose petals. The stock
under the petals is cut and forged to form leaves and stem.
||Howard McCall has figured out how to make an angled tenon without forging
in the traditional way. It makes joining members at a steep angle accurate
Also in the July issue is the announcement of a two year gate building project
for the ABANA 2000 conference that will include regular updates in the Blacksmith's
Journal. This is the most extensive project ever presented in the Journal and
it will culminate in live demonstrations at the ABANA conference.