||[Jul. 24th, 2002|10:28 am]
Spent a good hour in the workshop last night, decided that the house really needed a coat tree, so I got started on one. |
Basic design will be four hooks at the top, four legs on the bottom, hand forged and scrolled. I'm debating now whether to turn the center post out of some walnut that died over the winter or to try to make an all-iron coat tree, using some 1.25" round stock that I can texture and twist into interesting patterns. I'll probably go with the wood as I'm not really set up to hand-twist inch and a quarter thick steel, but we'll see.
I finished the design work, drew full-sized plans of the hooks and feet, and forged out the first two hooks. After a long absence from the workshop, my work isn't up my usual standards, but the rougher finish and hammer marks make it look a bit more rusting and, perhaps, authentic. If I go the wood route, this shouldn't take more than another three-four hours; if I go the all-iron route, this could take a few weeks.
The reason I decided to start a more traditional blacksmithing project instead of finishing off the knives is that after teaching new smiths most of last year, all the hammer faces are dinged up, and need to be ground down and re-polished -- this will take quite some time. If your hammer has any imperfections on the striking surface (and this applies to the anvil as well) those imperfections will transfer themselves to your work, meaning more time spent cleaning up the work and increasing the possibility of destroying a piece beyond fixing. Fortunately, for a bunch of rustic hooks and some feet, this isn't an issue.