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I Forge Iron


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    Atherton Tableland (Promised land) Far North Queensland, Australia
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    Metal work: blacksmithing, junk sculpture. Timber work: turning, furniture. Photography, aviation, motor sport. English teaching.

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  1. Thanks, Das. Haven't been putting up much on this site lately. Seems I just do a lot of the same thing - mainly tourist stuff like bull head bottle openers, billy lifters, ram heads, troll crosses, fire pokers and the like. Still doing demos every day at the Village, but it's getting very hot here now. I guess you are preparing for some cold. Have been trying some different twists on the billy lifters. Here's one with a stairway twist. Anyway, Cheers from Australia and hope all is well with you and family.
  2. Just a couple of toast forks with bull twist handles. These use 8mm square bar, as I do a lot of these for campers. The 8mm is light, but a bit tricky for bull heads.
  3. Thank you, Irondragon. I've done a few fire sets for others, but I might just keep this one at home. That 1897 casting on the base is a bit special and I don't think I would find another like that.
  4. Don’t know about formal Qualifications but Terry Drennan at the Cobb and Co Museum in Toowoomba runs great blacksmithing courses in tool making, knife making etc. What part of Qld are you in? Big state!
  5. Just finished a fire set. The base is something off an old machine I found in the scrap. It’s patented Feb 2 1897 so there’s some history there. I wound a vine around the stem to add to the historic look. Four tools - poker, shovel, brush and toast fork, all 8mm round bar mild. Put the big bearing ball up top for a bit of bling! Putting this on from my phone. Never done it before. Hope it works OK.
  6. Finished off a fire set today. The stand has a heavy base from the scrap pile, a long wrought iron bolt attached and a forged four-hook assembly on top. I added the bearing ball as a bit of bling. The four tools are poker, rake, shovel and fork. It's the first fork I have made with four prongs. Reason is that the guy who's getting this has four kids and they all want a toasted marshmallow at the same time! Stock was recycled 10mm rebar.
  7. It’s a fine thing you do, sir. The world needs more of that way of thinking.
  8. Forged a couple of lizards from old bolts. A loop in the tail makes a good pivot for a serviette hold down thing. The holder for the tail and the siderails are 6mm stainless. The base is a nicely figured piece of N.Q. maple. One of those happy sort of creations that make people smile.
  9. Yes, the T.P. Jones company was established in 1866, so I guess these were imported in the late 1800s. They have lasted well.
  10. MacLeod, I'm not the right person to ask about tips for drawing out wrought iron. I can show you how to make nice toothbrushes out of it! I know you have to get it very hot to work it successfully and I have had mixed success with it. I do have a lot of it and I should learn to be more patient. It does have a very nice lustre when brushed up.
  11. In my research to find more about T.P.Jones of Dudley who made some old hooks I have, these pics turned up. There is so much to see in these old photos. That is one massive chain.
  12. I admire the work of those old-time smiths. I wish more of them would have used a touchmark to identify their work. I have been dragging out a few old hooks from my scrap pile and, on cleaning them up, discovered that T.P. Jones of Dudley, England, must have been a very prolific hook maker. Research reveals that he was also an anvil maker (anyone got a Dudley anvil??) and anchor & chain maker. I like the way he has stamped BEST and GENUINE on his work. I also like his touchmark of the bullock. Most of the hooks I have came from old bullock drays and wool wagons. And the number 28 occurs on a lot of them. I checked - exactly 28 ounces. So hooks were bought by the weight. I like the way he left plenty of metal over the eye too. He made things to last. What a legend! Here are a few pics:
  13. Nothing much to report. Just been forging a few of these little lizards from old bolts. The one on the right is wrought - had to careful drawing the tail. School holidays here at present so we have been doing demos everyday. The kids like seeing these emerge from the forge.
  14. I was told that I should not have used bright steel Philips head screws. Probably right, but I wanted to get it finished and they wee readily available. I have replaced them with flat head carriage bolts now and it is definitely better. Thank you all for the positive comments.
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