PVF Al

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About PVF Al

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    North Alabama
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    Forging, wood, glass, copper, aluminum

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  1. workshop walk around (lotsa pics)

    Aus, thanks for the pics. Reminds me of a steam association I was a of member of in PA. Al
  2. Athens Forge 2018

    Hans, if you get here I can put you up for a couple of days. If not check the Athens Forge website after a couple of days, will try to have some step by step pics posted. Al
  3. Athens Forge 2018

    The Athens Forge, a member of the Alabama Forge Council will meet Sat. May 26 at 10AM. Steve Williamson from Columbia, TN will be demonstrating box joint pliers. If you've never seen this done, it is an interesting and not often seen way of forging tong and plier joints. Visitors are always welcome, for more information, and directions to Athens Forge, visit the website at athensforge.com or Athens Forge on FB.
  4. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    Sfeile, very nice piece, clean, smooth, easy on the eye, everything fits and works. Al
  5. Metal Origami?

    Charles Lewton-Brain also has a book titled "Foldforming" Al
  6. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    I want to thank everyone for their kind words. This project was very satisfying for me on several levels. One, it was outside of the scope of most of my work, but when you brake it down it was tapers, 1/2 face blows, bending, fullering, and collaring. Two, I was informed the afternoon before it was finished that I will need another shoulder surgery, the 3erd in less than 4 years, to be done next week. I will be "down" for a minimum of 8 weeks, and the wife is planning on putting the force field of doom around the shop. Best to All. Al
  7. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    Thank You everyone. The first quatrefoil took about 18 hrs to work thru over several days. I made a custom jig to form the c scrolls around, but wound up resizing them around a 1&3/4" pipe. Had to take the second one apart and completely rework it after a friend spotted that I had rolled the scrolls the wrong direction. ( knew something was off, but couldn't figure out what). The last two went faster. It was a exercise in consistency and patience. But my wife tells me I should work on one of those on a constant basis. There are 72 tapers in the piece. I also made some jaws for the vise, to hold during the collaring. Although I lost track of the time I believe I have about 55 hours in it. Al
  8. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    Thank you, it was one of those, "I'm gonna try that" moments". Al
  9. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    I've been working on this for several days. Got the idea during my research on the Yellin films from the MMOA website. About 13&1/2" (almost) square.
  10. Samuel Yellin Film

    As of yesterday, the Smithsonian Institute, has agreed to start the process to get the films digitized. Not sure of the cost, or timeline, but it looks like progress is being made to preserve these films. If anybody is within driving distance of DC you can contact SI and make an appoint to view the films. I can provide contact info. Later Al
  11. Athens Forge 2018

    The Athens Forge, a member of the Alabama Forge Council will meet Sat. April 28 at 10AM. Mark Haddix, the President of the AFC will be the demonstrator. Mark will be forging steel magnolia flowers. There will be an Iron in the Hat drawing, that will include several tools that Clay Spencer did not finish the day of his demo. and the hatchet head that Clavin Garland forged last month. Visitors are always welcome, for more information, and directions to Athens Forge, visit the website at athensforge.com or Athens Forge on FB.
  12. I've lived and worked in 3 different areas of the states during my smithing journey. When I started I was about 60 miles north of the population center of the U.S. Moved to the N.E. Moved to the south.( It would seem I get run out of places on a regular basis!) I have always found a community of those interested in metalwork. I've always found tools, equipment, material, that I've needed to work with. I've always found individuals I could learn from and inspired me to do better work. Find and get involved with the closest group to you. Ask question and listen to the answers. Make the best of everything near you. Practice, practice, practice. Al
  13. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    Hi SFC Snuffy, Very nice. Years ago I made some of these for my daughter and her friends, they did not like the weight of steel, so I switched to aluminum. Al
  14. Samuel Yellin Film

    I have managed to find a little more information. The Smithsonian Institute in their Yellin Collection has 2 films listed. (1) "The Making of Wrought Iron" produced by the Metropolitan Museum of Art (250 ft.), shows an artist sketching a grille and Yellin shaping a grille for a chair. (2) "The Florida Film" (175 ft., ca. 1928), shows examples of Yellin's first work as used in the Singing Tower, Mountain Lake, Florida. I believe the 1st one is what we're looking for. It is a 16mm, black and white, silent, film. The SI site also refers to them being at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. A search of the SIUC site produced no results. It is my understanding that ABANA does not have a copy of the films. Others are checking with Metal Museum in Memphis, TN. Later Al
  15. Samuel Yellin Film

    Thanks for the suggestions everybody. I will look into further. The Yellin site was set up in 2008, and parts of it are still under construction, doesn't look hopeful. I'll post or PM any new info I get. Al