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Time to make a hammer.

Time to make a hammer.

— 6 minutes ago
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New Fuller. Kind of a beast. I started with 2.5 by 1 inch 4140.

New Fuller. Kind of a beast. I started with 2.5 by 1 inch 4140.

— 2 weeks ago with 16 notes
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joyofprecision asked: Hey just wanted to say you do awesome work. Blacksmithing has always interested me, but I've never tried it. Some of your stuff completely blows my mind. Makes me feel like I'm cheating using machines, haha. -Max


Answer:

Thanks! You should grab a blacksmithing class sometime. They’re not too hard to find. Get in the game, it’s a lot of fun. I admire your work. Both of my grandfathers were machinists and I just put my new old South Bend lathe together. I’m not a legit machinist but I appreciate the difficulty and creativity involved. It’s definitely not cheating. If they had our lathes 300 hundred years ago they would have used them!

— 2 weeks ago with 2 notes
This is an acanthus leaf I made a while back. It still has little hurricane rust on it. This is formed from sheet metal that is produced for enameling. It’s a little more forgiving than mild steel sheet in that it won’t crack as easily during the repeated planishing and creasing operations.

This is an acanthus leaf I made a while back. It still has little hurricane rust on it. This is formed from sheet metal that is produced for enameling. It’s a little more forgiving than mild steel sheet in that it won’t crack as easily during the repeated planishing and creasing operations.

— 3 weeks ago with 3 notes
#repousse  #blacksmith 
This is joinery sample I made a few years back. I thought this photo was long gone but I found it on a forum.

This is joinery sample I made a few years back. I thought this photo was long gone but I found it on a forum.

— 1 month ago with 34 notes
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I’ve been making some brass and bronze hardware on the side. The hammers seemed to fit nicely into the branding so we added them to the shoot.

I’ve been making some brass and bronze hardware on the side. The hammers seemed to fit nicely into the branding so we added them to the shoot.

— 2 months ago with 15 notes
#blacksmith  #forge  #bronze  #interior design 
bitchywelder asked: I love the owl... Like good storytelling, it's always nice when you can completely convey the message with the fewest amount of lines :)


Answer:

Ah thanks. I appreciate that. The owl was part design, part necessity. I had been designing things for years but as I built my shop I realized that most of my ideas really needed a power hammer to complete. (Or a lot of help.) I had to reassess what I could do, considering the tools at hand. It was a great a lesson. I needed to fill half a gallery and I was forced to be creative using simple tools and operations. What the sculpture represents is complex but the production is simple.

This is also why I love making tools. Take hammers for example. There’s really only 3 or 4 operations you use to make a hammer (depending on the style) - punch, drift, fuller, flatter. It’s a simple process but when you’re done you have have an object that fits every academic definition of a sculpture. Beautiful.

— 2 months ago with 4 notes
Owl. This is one of my first gallery pieces. Mild steel. Wax finish.

Owl. This is one of my first gallery pieces. Mild steel. Wax finish.

— 2 months ago with 32 notes
#blacksmith  #forge  #owl  #nature 
Back in 2010 I was lucky enough to able to visit the Zimmermann family studio in Germany. There’s a ton of history and decorative innovation in this shop. I admit I’m partial to modern European design (for metalwork) but I have to say I’m extremely happy that Americans are stepping up. It’s great to see so many people lighting fires. Visiting these types of places can be transforming. You get another perspective not only on the process and the work but also the mentality that drives it.

Back in 2010 I was lucky enough to able to visit the Zimmermann family studio in Germany. There’s a ton of history and decorative innovation in this shop. I admit I’m partial to modern European design (for metalwork) but I have to say I’m extremely happy that Americans are stepping up. It’s great to see so many people lighting fires. Visiting these types of places can be transforming. You get another perspective not only on the process and the work but also the mentality that drives it.

— 2 months ago with 148 notes
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Sometimes I cold forge aluminum as a test piece. I do this to predict clearance issues on trickier projects. It’s also useful for quickly trying out new joinery ideas before going to the forge.

Sometimes I cold forge aluminum as a test piece. I do this to predict clearance issues on trickier projects. It’s also useful for quickly trying out new joinery ideas before going to the forge.

— 4 months ago with 12 notes
#blacksmith  #metalwork  #forge 
Raising hammer in various stages. 4140

Raising hammer in various stages. 4140

— 7 months ago with 38 notes
#blacksmith  #hammer 
The never ending project. Studio at night. The steel on the left will eventually line the space near the floor.

The never ending project. Studio at night. The steel on the left will eventually line the space near the floor.

— 8 months ago with 34 notes
#blacksmith  #forge  #hammer 

shopdweller:

This is a video from the artestenico website.

I like this video quite a bit. Makes me want to go and light a fire.

http://www.artestenico.com/

This is another old post I’m reblogging. Being a blacksmith is pretty metal, but it doesn’t have to be ‘metal.’ You know?

— 9 months ago with 24 notes
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Watch Tom Joyce on PBS. See more from CRAFT IN AMERICA.

shopdweller:

Blacksmith Tom Joyce talks about Fibonacci numbers and aesthetics.

This is one of the best blacksmiths you’ve never heard of.

— 9 months ago with 12 notes
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