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  1. Hi to all out there, few days ago I tried to make a basket twist, the traditional way. Meaning, that I split squar bar from all 4 sides and then go to twist it. Using my sharp hotcut chisle... However, if you punch holes in a bar using a flat surfaced slotpunch, you will shear off the rag/slug as the final step. But using a slitting chisle, hotcut ect. meaning something that has a sharp working end, a fairly big rag will develop if you slit from the opposite side. I found it a little bit hard to deal with this rag after splitting was complete, and try to file it away.
  2. Got some toolings ready (over the last few days) An Anvil saddle, will be used for splitwork This piece was inspired by something I found in Otto Schmirlers book: My interpretation : The plate is made from C45 (similar to 4130 if I´m right). A usefull projekt with some heavy-forgings, heavy weldings, heavy heattreatment and not at least: heavy desperation This was a realy heavy day Also made some chisles and tools for my treadlehammer: And at the end of the session also did an often postponed re
  3. Dear George, I´m absolutely with you. The point of success or failure is to devide out the mass of the upper sections equally. My drawing should only be understood as a general idea... Next week I will have some time to make some experiments about this. I will show the results....
  4. Thank you all for all the ideas. One method occurs to me today: Splitting and forging out like in the sketch below Drilling or punching the holes, then splitting along the lines and changing dimensions in the direction of the arrows... First the upper and lower part of the cross to get the mass out of the way to be able to reach the crossing middle... Must be good calculated as JHCC wrote :)
  5. Hi to all out there, as it is realy easy to find tons of videos on youtube about making a split cross, I wonder how to make a normal straight cross. The easy way would be, to weld (stick or Mig) the crossing parts together but what I´m searching for is how the old blacksmiths had done a simple cross? Did they split a large rectangular piece of metal from both ends up to where the crossing point will be, and then bend an draw down the splitted legs? Forgewelding??? Greetings Sascha
  6. Made another tooling for the treadlehammer. A pair of special toolholding tongs. Here a roundpunch hold by this tongs. Made that roundpunch too today. So you still can see the colours from the heatreatment ...
  7. Hi to all out there, I like to show you my new toy. It is a treadle hammer inspired by an photograph out of the book: The Smithy´s craft and tools by Otto Schmirler.He worked as artisan blacksmith in Vienna during the earlier middle of the last century. In his book he gave an immense overview over tooling and the works done with these tools. A little section is included where he showed his design of a treadlehammer, with some measurments. I spent a lot of time drawing the construction via CAD and recently I found the time to built it. Now it is ready, and here are some pictures. It
  8. Hi Thomas, hoping you survived this dentist thing...! Thank you for the tip with the armor. That may be a good scene to look around for further informations. Greetings Sascha
  9. Hi to all out there, it seems that repoussé often means : working with nonferous metals. But in earlier day´s there was much repoussé-work on iron. Take a look at all these leafwork at older buildings etc. and you know what I mean However, I can´t find books about chasing, repoussé etc with iron? Does anyone know such a book explicit for ironworks, respectively for blacksmiths? greetings Sascha
  10. Get ready one "big" project. My Treadle-hammer. By drawing and constructing this one I was inspired by some photographs in the book :" The Smithy´s Craft and Tools" - Otto Schmirler. He gave some photographs and a watercolour drawing with some basic dimensions. It took me one year (not fulltime ) of brainwork and AutoCad drawing. Now it´s ready and just works fine. sorry for the bad photo. Will take some more... Some first workpieces using the new toy: some repousséhammers (punched the hole) Making two handhammers based on the Bailey Crosspeen d
  11. I'm using vinigar of 10%. Stored in a tub of plastic. Works fine over night. Maybe that the salt in your mixture does eliminate some of the power of the vinegar? But I'm not a chemistry, so that must not be true...
  12. Hi John, Thank you very much for the description! Will try it out next time and show the results! Greetings Sascha
  13. Could anyone give a little instruction how to make these kind of twists? Thank you very much Greetings Sascha
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