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Blacksmith Twist Handles (AKA Basket handle)

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I was talking with a fellow smith friend and he recently took a weekend course and basket handle making was one of the stations.. 

We were talking and he said he like the looks of higher count handles better..  I told him not to dismiss low count handles and there is the series on them.. 

I am going to compile them in this 1 thread as it will cover several different designs.. 20190317_074841.thumb.jpg.193a4fad9202c70480f202c8671af20c.jpg20190225_150630.thumb.jpg.bac2702282cb3341803e3d458b255696.jpg20190225_150638.thumb.jpg.55aaa947aa943b58cfb31af9b8ba24da.jpg20190225_152235.thumb.jpg.6d159ceb6339f4abfa7f7d9d4dbafdd4.jpgimage002.thumb.jpg.1d049dbd9919b89c248bb1b83f4ff198.jpgimage001.thumb.jpg.e3c4b224c8b4896855b26e77bcffa57f.jpg20190325_171528.thumb.jpg.ff2990d3848cb51233b201dd7dd80a76.jpg20190326_122913.thumb.jpg.e81f182390e5d2c9be7596957aac3cee.jpg20190328_192808.thumb.jpg.3226483fad5104346c8969394cfaa4c3.jpg20190328_192808.thumb.jpg.3226483fad5104346c8969394cfaa4c3.jpg1792915899_20190328_1956111.thumb.jpg.b22c7dfaecdcb079141bdb891f1a943c.jpg

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 I like them all, but the last two really caught my eye. The one on the keyboard and the one below it. Video?

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I second the motion for a video or series of still photos on the process.  I'm particularly interested in the rod up the middle and the finial process.

"By hammer and hand all arts do stand."

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14 hours ago, 1forgeur said:

 I like them all, but the last two really caught my eye. The one on the keyboard and the one below it. Video?

There are 3 videos out now.  The 4 rod fancy twist,  the "How to forge a basket twist handle for those that dont have a consistent weld, and the split basket reverse twist which has the spacer in the middle..

The one inverted twist on the computer is in edit now.. and is slightly harder than 

13 hours ago, George N. M. said:

I second the motion for a video or series of still photos on the process.  I'm particularly interested in the rod up the middle and the finial process.

"By hammer and hand all arts do stand."

I am particularly proud of all the finials especially the ones in the flat basket, and the last or double inverted twist...

These are tough  simply because there is no great way to support the finial while working on it..

 

With special tooling it would be easier but I really want these to be possible for others to do with simplest of tools..

The 2x inverted twist and the flat twist were the most difficult of the handles..

 

The flat twist was the most challenging and while I know how to do it.. I doubt it would transfer over to a useable "How to" ..  

 

 

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