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A day of playing in the shop

Posted: Mon Nov 02, 2015 9:47 pm
by Martin Pansch
As John Tuberski, a character in my favorite novel, says: "Lock the door! I am in my element!"
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Or at least I was yesterday. First time for a while I got to just play around. I knocked out some bottle openers. Mostly a vehicle for playing with twists and finials. Tried several ways of making a Turks heads finial. Finally settled for just hammer and edge of the anvil. Not sure it is the best way but the best of the 4 I tried. If anyone has a technique you like I would love to hear it.
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Probably the best part is that they are all made of recycled (upcycled?) steel from a friend's horrible mass produced railing!

Between beating on steel I finished rough grinding on 10 bowl adzes. No photos there. Maybe once I finish heat treating and polishing them.

So between Jim Ericksen stopping by for a few hours and swinging a hammer until my arm was spent it was a good day.

Re: A day of playing in the shop

Posted: Tue Nov 03, 2015 12:37 pm
by Calmb4tehpwn
Great looking stuff! I might have to start putting finials on my work, instead of scrolls. It would look good on a set of cutlery. Bring high fashion to your camp fork

Re: A day of playing in the shop

Posted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 10:09 pm
by Martin Pansch
Scrolls can be finials too. I think finial is just a fancy word means a decorative feature at the end or top of something. Some scrolls are pretty fancy looking too. Saw plenty of different types trolling the Internet for inspiration before. Maybe we should have a finial and twist theme for show and tell some meeting?

Re: A day of playing in the shop

Posted: Thu Nov 05, 2015 7:51 pm
by Jim Ericksen
Thanks for confirming the usefulness of the correct tool by letting me swing by and make a few wine glass holders , that swage block made easy work of the bigger holes , hopefully I can share pics of my new hole making device soon ( waiting on the machine center at work )