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Well, This project was for 44ft of branch railing. I got about half way done when the trailer I had the stuff stored in got stolen.....so i had to start all over..... But, it had to be done so, done it got. The section had to fit into an existing railing. It took 6-8 hrs per foot to produce a finished railing and install it. But it was a good summer job and my daughter worked in the smithy 4 days a week helping and that was fantastic time to spend with her. 13 years old and is efficient using all the equipment in the smithy. So....... all total 1500 ft of bar stock, hours of texturing, fitting, welding, grinding......lol life of a metal worker.
I just finished and installed this railing its 14 ft long in 3 sections took me 100 hours from start to install. The customer wanted a thicket of branches that looked real and had no 4" holes so the railing would meet code. It was hand sanded and waxed. I had to weld and grind over 150 "nublets" (cut off branches) the railing took 400 feet of round rod ranging from 1 1/4" down to 3/8" I was very happy to finish the railing and move on to some thing else but I got a call the day before install and another customer saw my web site and ordered 43' of this railing. I changed the design a bit but it will take about 300 hours for the next job............ not the most technical work but it is an art form and it takes time to put it all together fitting each branch properly.
I started my Smithing by taking a class from Steve McGrew in the winter of 2011. He was working on a oak leaf and acorn door knocker and I thought is was great, so he taught me to make an acorn and oak leaf, among other things. After taking his class I started forging different things and Steve always welcomed me into his Smithy and I could always contact him for any questions. After seeing his article in the Hot Iron News 2013/1 where he showed how to make his door knocker, I decided to finally tackle a project that had been rolling around in my head for over a year. An oak Branch center piece for a table that could also be hung on the wall. So I built everything i needed to make an acorn and started in on the project. Steve had e mailed me and told me that i could come beat some metal with him at his smithy over the weekend and so it began. I drew out the main branch and all the side branches that day and welded them up. Thankfully Steve let me use his power hammer for the main branch it started as a 1 1/8' round stock so that saved me a lot of work, Thanks Steve!!!! The side branches are from 5/8" round stock. So Spring break was here and i had my 10 year old Daughter Madelynn for the week and so we forged all the acorns and the leaves together, It was great to forge with her, She loved it!!!! All that was left to do was to assemble all the pieces into a branch. So here it is. I have about 13 hours into this branch it is 32" long and about 18" wide.