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  1. Absolutely gorgeous, I would love to have something like these in my kitchen.
  2. Now that the Anvil's Ring is bringing back their gallery you should consider submitting photos of this project. Amazing work.
  3. Frosty You make a good point. I guess when it comes down to it I don't know what my goal is at the moment beyond improving my skills as a blacksmith. I guess I don't have one yet.
  4. I'll see about getting some photos together for a tutorial next time I fire up the forge. It's a fairly straightforward process but I'm not real sure how to describe it.
  5. My pleasure, I hope it comes in handy.
  6. Update: I haven't been able to get Fred Pugh on the phone lately and I'm running low on coal again. Does anyone know if he's still an active supplier of coal? If not I would sure appreciate any tips on a new local supplier. Thanks in advance.
  7. Dunno if it's something in the water or what but I, too, have ventured into forging bottom tooling. One of the local smiths who is just starting out stopped by the shop yesterday morning with his anvil in tow. The last time we'd talked he had complained about not having a hot cut so I offered to help him get one together. After rummaging around in the scrap pile for a while we can up with some round stock that was beefy enough to fit the hardy hole on his anvil and fell to beating on it with hammers. Here are the results: While it's definitely not as pretty as the ones Mr. Brazeal make
  8. 15 minutes sounds about right, maybe a little faster than my way. I'll have to experiment.
  9. Link for those interested: www.metalartistforum.com/maf/index.php?/topic/7396-new-work-bamboo-lotus-gingko-koi/ And yes, those are some very impressive ginkgo leaves.
  10. Any idea how long it takes you to make one?
  11. I appreciate the advice Frosty. I'm still on the fence on doing trade shows and the like. I patently dislike "production" work and they seem like quite a hassle for the $$$, but if I do decide to go down that road I'll definitely keep this in mind.
  12. My pleasure, I hope it helps! By the way, round stock should work just as well, you might try either upsetting your bar or just go ahead and start working it same as above. I typically use round stock when I'm doing smaller leaves like towards the end of a branch.
  13. Here's how I do them: Start by spreading the end of a bar by peening, then knock in the corners to begin defining the outer curve of my leaf: Then using my guillotine swage I isolate the body of the leaf from the rest of the bar. I then start drawing down the section of bar behind the leaf. This eventually becomes the stem. I repeat the steps listed until I've got the leaf fanned out to about 90 degrees and the stem necked down to about two or three times the thickness of the finished stem. At this point I start working the leaf in the vise. With
  14. I didn't take any pics of this batch unfortunately. I ground the billet on all sides looking for obvious delamination and didn't see anything and had worked it hot for a couple heats, again with no signs of delamination.
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