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My first forged piece

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Well, I finished my first forged piece today. I spent all these years collecting the tools and building the shop, but I never got around to forging anything until I made this candlestick holder. It was inspired by the items djhammerd produced in the thread about pineapple twists.

I was going to send it to the gentleman that sold me my monster leg vice, but my wife seems to have laid claim to it. I guess I will have to forge him something else.:D

The piece is made out of 1" square bar with a 1/4" plate base and a sheet metal top.

I learned a LOT in the process, mainly fire maintenance. The first day I spent hours trying to get enough heat out of my coal forge to even get a faint cherry color in the steel. Today I dug into the fire pot and found a bunch of clinker and misc. garbage remaining from a test fire last fall. I cleaned out the firepot and lit up the forge again and was able to get a nice orange heat with minimal effort. It became more of a pleasure than a total chore cranking the blower. I also left a few hammer marks during the drawing out process for the points (more practice required). Ahh, the learning curve continues...

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Absolute first? or first presentation quality piece?

Either way, even I can see that is exceptional work.

How long did it take?

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great work - you obviously have a lot of confidence!

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Absolute first? or first presentation quality piece?

Either way, even I can see that is exceptional work.

How long did it take?


Thank-you for the compliment sir.

When I first got interested in smithing when I was 16 (that's almost 20 years ago), I spent probably about 8 hours just doing some random banging (just making things like loops and flattening round stock), so I guess it's not my first time forging.

My equipment sat unused all these years through university, and careers away from the family farm. About 2 years ago I move back to within 30 miles of the farm and started building my shop.

Saturday and Sunday was the first time I ever forged a formal object (besides the random banging).

Time-wise, I spent about 2 hours with the grinder and cutoff wheel cutting the cubes in the bar. I spent about 5 hours doing the twist and drawing the point (this was the day I had the clinker problem and couldn't get any heat, so I probably could have done this stuff in about 2 hours). The remaining bending and the base and top plate took about 5 hours. If everything went 'according to plan' I could probably build one of these in a longer day (until I got better, that is).;)

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HiMark
that`s e very nice candle holder, and very original. At first it looked as a wall lamp .I woul have kept looking at all details, but had to quit to avoid a neck cramp, lol. Excellent ! Nelson.

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Hi Mark, that is one nice looking candlestick holder !!
I don't know why, but I especially like the tapered curl at the top...maybe because it's so much work to do on a 1" bar.
Did you use your power hammer for that ?
But in any case, it looks like it turned out great !!
The only suggestion I can give is to make one for the guy you SOLD your other leg vise to ;););):D
Just kidding, can't wait to see more !!

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Thanks Craig. Yes I did use the power hammer for a majority of the taper. The hammer isn't wrking very well right now so I have a little work ahead of me.

Maybe that guy I sold my other leg vice to should come to the shop some day and hammer another one out with me...:)

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That's quite a first piece Mark.

There's a lot more to actually planning and making a thing than there is just mashing metal.

Your piece is well thought out and excecuted with pleasing lines, proportions and finish.

Well done.

Frosty

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Thank-you Frosty.

Actually, I didn't plan it out very much. I had a rough mental picture of a very basic concept, but the details worked themselves out as I proceeded. I kind of 'went with the flow' when making the bends.

This has actually led to a little issue that I have to rectify next time I fire up the forge. The candle platform is a little too far off from the centre of the base and the holder is a little tippy because of this. I will put a couple of small bends here and there to correct the balance issue but still maintain the the lines of the piece as much as possible (hopefully).

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