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Saturday, January 14, 2012

day in the shop

Off to work this morning. It seemed cold out just by looking at things.

Since it looked a little chilly out, I dressed warm.


Turns out I was right. IT WAS COLD! So cold that my quench tank was frozen enough to hold my 60 pound anvil.


The first thing I do, when I open the shop in the morning, is turn on the air compressor. It takes a while to fill up.

I proceded to my work area, but I found someone in my shop. That's right SOMEONE was in my shop!!! They were hiding on the other side of my anvil.

(Ok so I was hurting for entertainment.)

All pranks aside, it was time to get to work. I put a few tools up and fired up the....uhhh fire!
Today's plan was to forge a couple of bath towel bars and a hat rack.
I used the power hammer on this project.


I always still hand finish. I'm working on one of the leaves.


The pieces are done and getting their protective coating.



After lunch I started on the hat rack. First I had to "upset" the flat back of the hat rack. No I wasn't making the metal mad at me....upsetting is a technique.


Next I had to chamfer the edges of the bar. Chamfering is simply hammering down the edges.



Now I'm working on the hooks.


Still working on the hook.


Tending the fire!



I also did a little chasing on the hat rack. Chasing is an art form of chisel work and creating shadow lines in metal.



The end!













3 comments:

Blacksmith Chase said...

Dave it wasn't THAT cold..... Only 17 degrees... I can't wait until I get my new shop up and running!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cowboy Nick A said...

That's art if you ask me. How long did it take to complete each item?

Master Dave said...

Well thank you Nick! The bath towel bars take about an hour each. I have switched up my tooling a bit and that has slowed me down, until I get accustome to it. The hat rack took about two hours.