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Summer Update (Image heavy)


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Hello all it has been a busy few months since I last posted and I thought I would make a post to show what I've been up to over the summer months. Most of my time was taken up with teaching summer programs and opening the blacksmithing school, but in between the sixty hour weeks I found some time to make things and even injure myself :/ Unfortunately earlier this summer while working on a carving my chisel slipped and went through (yes as in all the way through) my left index finger severing some nerves, but thankfully it wasn't too serious and I have been able to get back to work making things. But onto the projects...


This summer I received my first railing commission from the church my sister belongs to...Overall it was a fun and interesting project that I'd like to do more of in the future. It was all hand forged for both railings each one measuring 5 3/4 feet long and each structural upright is 1 inch square.




I also found time to make this medium sized forester's axe. Mild steel body with a 1084 bit. The head is 8.5 inches long and the edge is 4 3/4 wide, the handle is 24 inches long.






And last but not least I was able to finish up this pattern welded puukko today with birch bark handle. The blade is 1084, 1095, and 15N20 at about 500 layers and  1 inch wide and 4 1/2 inches long. Unfortunately when I took the picture I didn't notice the smudge of grease but it has since been cleaned off.






Thank you all for looking...I'm looking forward to getting back to actually making some neat projects; I have a couple of ideas that have been gestating for the past four months...I'll keep you all posted. 

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The railings looks great. I have seen some of the best iron work in churches. Yours fits in just fine.

Did you lead or epoxy the uprights into the marble? How far down did you have to go? The stand alone hand rails are tough because they want to wobble a bit. No real lateral stability because there is no opposing support structure. On the long run iron fences they always have angled tie backs of sorts to counter that vector.


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Thanks everyone. Peter, the uprights were sunk approximately four inches through the marble face and then the concrete beneath. I used an industrial epoxy recommended to me by John Steel who makes and installs railings professionally. There was no wobble after everything set, but just to be on the safe side I did use 1 inch square bar for the uprights so it should go anywhere anytime soon! ;)

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