Recently I was awarded the Richard C. Wright; Ruel Wright Memorial Blacksmith Scholarship from the New England School of Metalwork in Auburn, ME. This allowed me to take a class of my choice in their wonderful facilities. It is a place I've been meaning to visit for quite a while and finally was given the perfect opportunity. The class was "Tools of the Trade: The Carpenter's Tool Box", taught by Med Chandler of "Ship's Coy Forge". I couldn't have chosen a better class. I learned a ton about forging woodworking tools, but more importantly met some amazing folks had the chance to see and work in the shop. The dividers specifically peaked my interested. It is a beautiful forging that really tests the basic skills of drawing out, forging multiple symmetrical piece, isolating material, forge welding, and filing to fit. Not to mention a sweet invisible rivet! I'm exciting to continue practicing what I learned. I highly recommend taking a class there if you ever get the chance: http://www.newenglandschoolofmetalwork.com/
An amazing documentary showing the workings of the historic Samuel Yellin Metalworkers Co. blacksmith shop. Blacksmiths featured include Thomas Latané and Francis Whitaker to name a few. The documentary is split into 6 ten minute parts.
Images of the fabricated fire pot, tuyere, clinker breaker, and ash dump. The last image is a Hofi style chimney as it will be oriented with the forge.
Here is a taste of designing and fabricating the fire pot and tuyere of the forge. The clinker breaker is based on a design made by a European company.
I decided enough was enough.
Time to dig in deep, grit the teeth, take the plunge, and don the respirator.
Time to look into the sun though a welding mask.
I recently finished fabricated a new coal forge and Hofi style chimney. I wont yet give away secrets as to the final results, but for now the first photo. More to come soon.
I recently fully disassembled and cleaned my Champion 400 hand crank forge blower built in 1902. The interior was too attractive not to take photos.
The stair is installed and finished. Here are some sneak peak process photos. Final photos will be posted HERE.
The commission is... a stair case. A total of 10 risers. The trick to the project is that the stringers hit the top plate on an angle as opposed to square. This makes for some funky geometry and angled cuts. Also they attach to the bottom of a wooden beam compared to a "normal" stair which would butt against a plate. Some details of those connection points to come soon. For now, some images of mocking up the symmetrical stringers in the shop.