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Made an octopus tree ornament for Elizabeth last night. Just an acorn nut, regular nut and some 1/4" pop rivet shanks. 

Last weekend I made Ayana her first tree ornament. Should have used the letter stamps because my engraving skills were lacking that night. Might have helped if I clamped the ornament instead of holding it And engraving. Oh well, when she grows up she will surely know I made it with that sloppy writing lol.

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Very nice Das, it’s better that it’s in your handwriting, all the more reason for her to treasure it forever. 

Hows Pittsburgh? My brother and I and our sons are heading that way in a couple of weeks for a father/son weekend to catch a Pens and a Steelers game. 

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Thanks FivePoints. Maybe when she's a little older she can make her own with me. 

Oh, Pittsburgh is cold and wet. Saturday was in the 30's and raining, then sunday it was in the 60's and beautiful so we went and picked out our tree at a local farm. Now we are back to cold and wet lol. Around this area be ready for about anything. Especially road construction and traffic. 

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My kids like to do some Smithing with me in the shop and I needed to get them some aprons to stay clean/safe. I figured since it was so close to Christmas, why waste the easy gift idea? Also figured instead of giving them each an apron, I'd give them their own apron, personalized with their name on it. I wasn't sure the tanning process used on the leather so took precaution to have plenty of ventilation when I burned their names in.

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This RR Spike cross has always been a hit for us. Split the vertical spike, forge down & cut off the horizontal spikes to fit in the split and forge weld. The copper wire is to allow the cross to be hung on the wall or set it in the cedar base. The rust on the cross arms represents the blood of Christ.

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Reminiscent of the one in "Raiders of the Lost Ark"...

I took my forge to a local church's "Little Town of Bethlehem" display for several years---using the early style anvil and a charcoal forge---I made charcoal on the spot with a raised firepit---which was extremely well appreciated by the other folks in the presentation who were also out in the cold.

I was sorry when they stopped doing that display.

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Had the nephew up to visit, and asked if he wanted to make an ornament. As he is only 8 years old I decided to skip the hot metal part, so I pulled out some 16ga sheet, cut a tree out and filed it so it wasn't sharp. The rest was all him. He asked a few questions on how to curve it and make the lights, but once I told him how to use light taps at the step in front of the horn and how to use a center punch, he did it himself. 1517733915_IMG_20181220_1855013872.thumb.jpg.f01048c3f4ce600f1663fc8af1313da2.jpg

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He colored it on both sides with sharpies and then it was clear coated. Had a bit of color bleed with the clear coat, it was fine when we sprayed, but as it dried the trunk had bled up the tree and the green settled into the low spots. Good teaching moment for the nephew. Just because it didn't go how you wanted, it doesn't mean it's a bad thing. His mom reaffirmed it when he showed off his handy work and she mentioned how realistic the trunk looked with the "branches"

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I like the color bleed. It really enhances the 3rd dimension (depth) aspect of the project. Like a real tree, it creates a shadowy hint on the inside of the tree. Near the bottom where the branches may be a bit thin, you can see the trunk. Well Done!

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