John B Posted May 4, 2010 Share Posted May 4, 2010 This young man was interested and originally took a taster day course, he liked it so much he wanted to take it further, so this weekend he came down for two days and had some one to one tuition. I made a sample, and he followed it, We had some problems as we made it up as we went on, and built on what he had learnt on the taster day. He did most of the work with just a little assistance on the shovel pan free forming due to the difficulty in him being able to hold and forge it as it was from 2mm thick plate. The Dragon head hook was the cut off end of the firewelded hook off the demo log roller where I showed him how to fireweld it back onto itself, I then cut it off and used the shorter handle to demo the shovel fitting and rivetting exercise, I then just said how the firewelding bit is used as a basic skill in making animal or dragon heads and of course he then asked me to show him how, hence the 'Rustic' look made with just the basic tools we had out, I then showed him how to forge the ball end and punched recesses and holes and let him have it to take home. We had difficulty with the brush as the only one available on the day was a small deck scrubbing brush with a plastic handle holder which we unscrewed and discarded, we then discussed the problems created and came up with the solution featured, incorporating the existing holes in the brush head. Worked out pretty well with what we had. He is planning to come back and make a freestanding stand and a pair of tongs to also hang on it. He would have stopped on longer but I had other commitments the next day at the North Somerset Show. Apologies for fuzzy pics, but thats better than no pics Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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