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Aussie Brush Fires Leaf Memorial, make and send leaves.

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wow thats some scale! thanks dale great pictures, fascinating. :)

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Check out post 300 on page 15 on this & u'll see more photos



Dale Russell

p.S , you mite even see my " ugly " head in the pictures too ... ;)

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Thanks for posting the link, it's good to see I'm not the ugliest guy beating hot iron. <grin>

Frosty The Lucky.

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Yeah I did dale and they said a couple more wouldn't hurt so sendin it off tomorrow cheers

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On youse mate :)

Tip , make em outta flat bar ( 19 - 25 mm x 3 mm ) , cut both ends on a angle , knock down the point , the fuller the center to form the stem ,, hey presto , 2 leaves outta 1 bit of piece :) ( this is ow Strine showed use ow ta do em )


Dale Russell

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The Bradley is a 300 and as for the Massey 1 cwt it did a fine job of forging 2 " 304 stainless steel and finishing off the 3'' 304 branches.
The main issues we had with the Branch forging were getting the branches hot in the coke forges and few electrical gremlins.
The little Massey is a pretty old version with a horizontal valve mechanism we do have another 1 cwt Massey at the Barn which has a the more familiar vertical valving but it is out for maintenance.

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To expand on Dales recent posts (thanks for your efforts Dale)

This is an update on the Tree Project in Victoria Australia.
Many ABANA members and Smiths around the world donated leaves and gumnuts to be attached to the memorial tree we are building for the 2009 Bushfire victims and their families.

We have a website : http://www.treeproject.abavic.org.au/news.html a facebook page http://www.facebook.com/BlacksmithTreeProject and our recently launched Pozible campaign (crowd funding) http://www.pozible.com/index.php/archive/index/4997/description/0/0

We went down the track of crowd funding because we are still short of funds to get the project over the line. This project has just grown and grown from what was to be a small shrub in our minds to a full scale tree 9 metres tall (29’ 6”).

Our current progress is this so far, the leaves have been collated and photographed, all branches, twigs and twiglets forged, trunk forged (we’re still short of gumnuts) and we’re still fielding the occasional request for sponsored leaves, which we will continue to do right up to the last moment before completion so as many people as possible can be accommodated.
Our aim is to have the tree installed in March 2013

Two videos of the Branch and Trunk forging can be found on our youtube site : http://www.youtube.com/user/AusBlacksmiths/videos?flow=grid&view=0
Plans are afoot for an interactive map of the tree and an smartphone app to enable people to identify their leaves on the tree after it is erected.

We still need to assemble and install the tree, roots need to be forged, fence and seating for the garden area made, hence the launch of our pozible campaign for further funding, if you can help in anyway please do.

Along the way we became involved with a sister project – The Iron Roses for Norway another fine endeavour where of our worldwide Blacksmithing community has put in to help others.
These projects show that we as individuals and collectively can make a difference and help ease suffering of victims of such tragedies and assist in rebuilding affected communities.

Thank you,

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