||The Smithin’ Magician is best used on a solid base (when mounted
in the hardy hole of an anvil, it tends to bounce, thus reducing the effectiveness
of hammer blows). Issue 139 contains drawings and assembly instructions
for a metal pedestal. The pedestal top plate is extended to one side to
provide a surface for finishing tenons and resting a hammer. The legs make
it possible to use it free-standing or bolted to the floor.
|Six all new die sets for the Smithin' Magician are covered this month.
They include combination dies. that have have the advantage of doing two
operations without changing dies. Other dies include a Ball Die and a round
||Laser and waterjet cutting machines work much like a computer printer
to cut out precise shapes. Any vector image created in a drawing program
such as Illustrator or Auto Cad works with these machines. Line drawings
can be scanned and converted to a vector image as well. Several laser cut "starters" illustrate
how this process is useful for blacksmiths.
|The September 2001 Issue featured the first “How was it made” feature.
We’re running it again this month with this scroll seen on a fence
in Bad Kreuznach, Germany. The key to figuring this one out is the geometric
symmetry of the design.