Joel OF

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    Kent, England
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    Basic and bold designs. Music and drumming. Films.

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  1. Haha, nope, right handed. Being self taught means you do what's comfortable. I have the bick facing the other way because if I need to get right to the tip for something delicate I haven't got to strike across myself or walk round the other side, I just side step till I'm in the right spot. My workshop is aesthetically pretty but it's a pain in the backside. The layout is pretty much dictated by where I can safely put things on the super uneven floor. It's an old sheep shed so aside from the V sloped floor for the pee to channel away there's random steps & umpteen scuffs so moving anything by trolley or jack is "interesting".
  2. For the smaller diameter hoops/rings in this well cover I couldn't roll them as my ring roller is manual & not that strong & it would have killed me. 30mm x 6mm flat bar on edge. I made jigs to form the smaller rings hot by rolling some flat bar, on the flat, welding them to my bench, then bending the hoops around that. Doesn't matter that the central hoops aren't complete, same principal. Arc welded, though.
  3. Granted this is taking things to the extreme (as I've invested everything into blacksmithing and eat/sleep/dream it) but I've put these pictures up for the obsessed hobbyist newbies who wonder if it can become something more. I don't have any natural talent, I just learned patience and the fundementals of how the material bends. I now give day lessons to supplement my income from commissions and repeat constantly in lessons Metal moves the most where it's hottest or weakest. What's not in contact with the anvil is as important as what is. If it's not in the right spot don't hit it. Accuracy is most important as it'll take you longer to undo a mistake than to do it right from the start.
  4. For the obsessed self taught newbies who like me began with no knowledge of metalworking, engineering, welding... Pictures from the day lesson I recently gave to my old bosses who owned the shop I used to work in when I began torturing some scrap in the brake drum. Making some traditional aesthetic fire pokers...
  5. Nice idea, I bet they'd sell well too. In the UK there's a comedy TV show called QI (Quite Interesting) that's all about every day "general ignorance". I remember an episode a while ago when the presenter got the 4 panelists to draw christmas trees and only one drew the branches going the right way - they slant upwards, not downwards. I wonder if you slanted the texture upwards if they'd look odd? I certainly saw them as christmas trees. I think it's one of those things where even if it's technically inaccurate you know what it is & you either don't see that there's some a miss, or you suspend your disbelief. The wench & me made our christmas tree this year to fit in a tight corner of our small flat.
  6. Great tool Jim! Do you find the socket tilts at all? Do you have to focus your pressure at the bottom of the socket to avoid that?
  7. You'll probably find most people's answers will be multifaceted with one of the main considerations being their scope of work. If they're specializing in something then they'll probably get beyond beginner status quicker than someone who's a "general blacksmith" & has a larger range of processes to become proficient & practised at. Whenever I think "yeah I reckon I know what I'm doing" I soon enough see something incredible on Instagram that makes me think "I know nothing".
  9. Cheers folks. Glad the vase like shape was recognized, that was the object of the exercise. I'm well and truely familiar with Mackintosh and am even planning a trip to the Willow Tea Rooms for my birthday so I can sit in his chairs, he is my hero. The variation off his style (into Victor Horta style art nouveau curves) was deliberate. My rose designs were also inspired by, not copied.
  10. I've been working on some arts and crafts stained glass style gates and yesterday I had a dummy run install to check they're 100% before they go off for zinc flame spray & a green vinyl top coat chosen by the client. The client requested a small design change so the final design was just a smidge different to what I originally pitched, for some reason my original drawing won't upload so I can't post that. They're the 2nd pair of back garden gates I've done this year for clients who wanted leafy gates to keep the dogs out of certain areas of the garden - hooray for dogs. Needless to say these pictures were taken from the "back side", I didn't make them back to front. Nearly everyting was cold formed, I rolled the 40 x 12mm top curve and the 40 x 10mm lower curves. The roses and leaf stems where all cold bent but the leaves and the 40 x 6mm hinge eyes I did hot. Here's a video on the leaves...
  11. Andy Hopper art on Instagram has some good power hammer jiggery worth a look.
  12. To relieve hard edges in swages, (or even to smoothe out mistakes, welds etc), grinding your metal with a twisted wire wheel or twisted wire cup brush whilst your metal's hot is a real time saver compared to filing. Very controlable too.
  13. Cheers Mr Dwarf. I have you on my radar for a visit at some point in the future when I'm headed northwards, but for now I'd ideally like to visit someone a tad more local.
  14. Next on my tool list is a hydraulic press but I know diddly squat about them and it'd be helpful to see one or two in action. Does anyone in the Kent/E.Sussex/London area have one or know someone that's got one and who might let me come take a nosey? I can guess who's got one locally but it'd be nice to have an 'in' or be invited rather than just ringing up people I haven't met before and inviting myself along to their workshops to get in their way for an hour. Beer and/or chocolate Hobnobs will be provided in gratitude.
  15. Not sure why I've written the word "my" before reference pics. Maybe a mod could delete that out? It's quite misleading.