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.