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I watched Joey Van Der Steeg make one of these and my wife said “that’s something you could make for me”.
 I’ve never attempted anything like this before as my propane forges aren’t designed for larger items .
 I’m now looking at building a two burner side opening forge for these oddly shaped items.

I started with 1” round stock and bumbled around trying to figure out how to spread & shape the tines given the confined opening to my forges. 
 In the end it turned out alright. Far from perfect but that matches the maker.
 Being a woodworker first I had some oak in my small stock bin and shaped a handle narrow enough for my wife’s smaller hands. 

 turned out I didn’t need the tail section of his design so I cut that off & started shaping it into a leaf to be used as a ceiling fan fob in my wife’s green house.

I’ve started on a second one to be mated to a long handle . I know knives are all the rage these days but it’s day to day items like this that I’m interested in. 

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Long time no see. Welcome back. Yeah knives are all the rage. I'm a little obsessed at the moment with hardware and latches myself. To me knives are just another tool.  That's a dandy little rake you have there. Nice work. Glad to see you posting again. 

Pnut

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I’d not given up just needed to spend time getting better. Learning better hammer control.... still need better hammer control. LoL. 
but I’m still having fun leaning every time I pick up a hammer & light the forge.

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Yep, that's what's so great about blacksmithing. If you're even a little observant you're going to learn something or get a better understanding of the steel every time you light up your forge and get to work. I don't think I have enough years left to learn even a fraction of what's possible.

Pnut

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That is beautiful, well done! Starting with 1" stock is sort of extreme but the results speak for themselves. You sure took the handle in a direction I hadn't foreseen when I read the subject I like the surprise. Are you going to make a set?

Frosty The Lucky.

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