What's New at the Forge.
|Posted on April 20, 2019 at 5:50 PM|
What on earth is a wooden workbench doing in an iron working shop? Well, all I can say is I got a hankering to work wood with hand tools, and it seems the first requisite is a good work bench. It's no beauty, but not bad for a first project....and it cost less than $200 in material and a bunch of sweat equity.......
|Posted on January 12, 2019 at 6:55 PM|
A popular feature on many of my railings is the so-called "airplane turn" where instead of a post at a corner, we have a suspended panel that makes the turn "in the air." Here we see such a corner taking shape. The rail is upside down on the table, and the bottom rung is positioned for being welded.
|Posted on December 29, 2018 at 3:55 PM|
|Posted on August 2, 2018 at 8:40 AM|
......freshly made window well grate with trapdoor and egress ladder.
|Posted on July 31, 2018 at 8:50 PM|
|Posted on July 29, 2018 at 2:10 PM|
|Posted on December 30, 2017 at 3:50 PM|
St. Aidan's had a tiny house, lovingly made by one of their parishioners, into which passersby were invited to deposit a prayer on a slip of paper. As the elements took their toll on the wooden house, the church asked me for a sturdier alternative. Here is my version, in steel:
|Posted on December 30, 2017 at 3:45 PM|
A while back I made this bike rack as part of a ditch railing at St. Aidan's, a church for whom I have proudly done a great deal of ironwork over many years.
That area has since been reworked into a sitting area, and from the single gray rack I have made two red ones:
|Posted on May 5, 2017 at 10:10 PM|
For this particular handrail, there were no good surfaces to which a conventional post could be mounted. The stair treads were flagstones, too thin to take anchors, and lying atop a substrate of unknown quality. So we used the most solid thing around: the thick capstone on the wall, and fashioned a different kind of bracket....
|Posted on January 28, 2017 at 7:00 PM|
As you well know, a flat radius in a stair rail translates to a non-level rail if you tilt the whole thing to the stair angle. This is why we all like round pipe for angled curves! But sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and have a angled curve in a non-round material, like a caprail/flatbar assembly. In this photo I have heated the flat curve in the forge, clamped it to a stout fixture at the stair angle, and am tweaking it to get my level back....Read Full Post »