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Not much more to add. Very cool talk hosted in Raleigh with Roy Underhill of the Woodwrights Shop on PBS and the Woodwrights School in Chapel Hill, NC.

Bits and Bobbles.

Experimentation with steel, glass, bronze, copper and acrylic paint.

Here is a nice post  I wanted to share by Jarrod StoneDahl.

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Pirateblacksmith pre-interlude-art meme posting number 001-xxxx- awesome fun time.
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I’ve not posted an in-depth project step by step in some time.

The legs were forged and fabricated to reduce overall dimensions for shipping purposes.

The legs were forged and fabricated to reduce overall dimensions for shipping purposes.

The whole of the grill was wire brushed to bare metal and then heated to 500 degrees and coated with cooking oil to preserve the piece and provide a better cooking surface.

The whole of the grill was wire brushed to bare metal and then heated to 500 degrees and coated with cooking oil to preserve the piece and offer a better cooking surface.

The whole of the grill was wire brushed to bare metal and then heated to 500 degrees and coated with cooking oil to preserve the piece and provide a better cooking surface.

The whole of the grill was wire brushed to bare metal and then heated to 500 degrees and coated with cooking oil to preserve the piece and provide a better cooking surface.

The rivets are superficial as the 1/2 round cross bars are welded in place underneath the grill. Upsetting then ends was an aesthetic choice.

The rivets are superficial as the 1/2 round cross bars are welded in place underneath the grill. Upsetting then ends was an aesthetic choice.

The project started with a set of dimensions (24″x16″ with 7″ clearance underneath) given to me. Then I presenting various designs and features.

fireplace grill concepts for cooking

fireplace grill concepts for cooking

fireplace grill concepts for cooking (steel*)

fireplace grill concepts for cooking (steel*)

fireplace grill concepts for cooking

fireplace grill concepts for cooking

fireplace grill concepts for cooking

fireplace grill concepts for cooking

fireplace grill concepts for cooking

fireplace grill concepts for cooking

fireplace grill concepts for cooking

fireplace grill concepts for cooking

I began work with two of the forged elements out of 1/2″ round.

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Starting the leaf

Starting the leaf

The leaf finished

The leaf finished

The first two elements put together. This isn't traditional joinery but modern; later they where electric arc-welded underneath in place during assembly.

The first two elements put together. This isn’t traditional joinery but modern; later they where electric arc-welded underneath in place during assembly.

Next the 1/4 round that makes up the actual grilling surface was scroll on both ends Extras where made ahead of time as only the best made the cut. the cut

Next the 1/4 round that makes up the actual grilling surface was scroll on both ends Extras where made ahead of time as only the best made the cut. the cut

 

Arranging and tweaking the 1/4" round pieces.

Arranging and tweaking the 1/4″ round pieces.

 

A hole was punched and drifted on the opposite end of the leafed bar. Rings wer fabricated cold around a mandrel and all but the last forged element was welded as subtly as possible.

A hole was punched then drifted on the opposite end of the leafed bar. Rings were fabricated cold around a mandrel and all but the last forged element was welded as subtly as possible.

A 16" piece of 2x2x1/4 inch angle iron would become the last element. Holes were drilled to allow the 1/2" round to pass through.

A 16″ piece of 2x2x1/4 inch angle iron would become the last element. Holes were drilled to allow the 1/2″ round to pass through.

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The angle iron was cut, forged and texture

The angle iron was cut, forged and texture

The angle iron was cut, forged and texture

The angle iron was cut, forged and texture

The angle iron was cut, forged and texture

The angle iron was cut, forged and texture

The angle iron was cut, forged and texture

The angle iron was cut, forged and texture

 

The angle iron was welded in place and the 1/2" round was upset  to form a faux rivet head.

The angle iron was welded in place and the 1/2″ round was upset to form a faux rivet head.

 

The legs were forged and fabricated and tested. But I'm afraid I don't have time to share that bit.

The legs were forged, fabricated and tested. But I’m afraid I don’t have time to share that bit.

Project was completed for a kind ‘gent at $125 shipped to PA, USA. It was great fun to make and as always a learning experience. I’ve got to make one for myself next!
Thanks- Greg
*To be proofed at some point

From the archives a project that never made it to a blog entry till now! Commissioned personalized jewelry on a budget.

Personalized forged lacrosse stick charms.

Personalized forged lacrosse stick charms.

TCheck out the link below for more creation photos.

Check out the link in the top right hand corner to see more “in the works” photos docked over at the AAAPirate Blacksmith Forgery on Facebook.

Last year before father’s day I was asked to make a knife. It would be given as a gift…
This is what I came up with. 15n20 and 1084 tool steels were used to forge the blade blank. Forged copper around the ricasso. Real-tree cloth micarta over curly maple made the handle. The sheath is thin leather with a real-tree cloth micarta shell. Both the handle and sheath were sealed along possible trouble spots with rino-glue. Followed by a few complete coats of a minwax brand hard-coat that took a nice shine when buffed.
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