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Bike Racks Redux: One Gray to Two Red

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:


Oddly anchored Handrail

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....

Tweaking Caprail

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....

Oh, no, there's a welder in my house!

Posted on December 5, 2016 at 12:35 AM

Welding in a finished house is not ideal, but sometimes it cannot be avoided. In this case, one weld had to be completed on site. Vulnerable surfaces are protected by a combination of plywood, leather, and tarps.



Cool welding jig

Posted on September 29, 2016 at 11:25 PM

Working on  a railing project with lots of "double pickets"  with a box motif. This jig is for welding them identically (and comfortably!)...


Candlestick Maker

Posted on June 28, 2016 at 9:40 PM

....not a butcher, not a baker...but I am a candlestick maker:



The Little Drill Press that could...

Posted on May 7, 2016 at 5:35 PM

....the job calls for drilling holes in plates that are a bit too large and heavy to move around under my stationary drill press. Happily, this little fellow can roll around on the floor and reach the plate comfortably resting on its sawhorses...

Self Portrait

Posted on January 16, 2016 at 2:20 PM

Okay, it doesn't look that much like me, but my newest sculpture, I-Beam Guy, was made from a single piece of I-beam (except for the feet and head). The beam was torch-cut, heated, and bent to form torso, arms, legs, and neck without welding.


Tree of Life

Posted on December 21, 2015 at 12:15 AM

This is the iron realization of the tree-of-life motif as drawn in chalk two entries back....


Tyger, Tyger burning Bright

Posted on November 18, 2015 at 5:50 PM

This is Wm B. Tyger, residing on a steel cart commissioned by his lady....



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