Fall 2013 Metalwork, Part II

Posted: November 19, 2013 in metalwork, salvage adventure, the shop, toolmaking
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We’ve had some time in the shop between mapping projects lately, and have been burning some coal and propane, forging tools from salvaged metal. I’ve had help/coaching from friends Paul Lackovic, Dave Richer, Anthony Branner, and Brad Hauskens. Here are some of the things that we have made, and the source of the material.

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Kitchen knife from Collins Pine Sawmill blade.

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Alligator snout, from railroad spike.

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Bottom fuller tool (for rounding/shaping hot metal on anvil), from old pickaxe eye.

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Bottom fuller tool (for rounding square stock), from farm disc axle.

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Cutoff hardy tool – for cutting hot bar stock – from scrap of 1.5″ square bar.

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Detail in decorative hook, from railroad spike.

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Steel jewelry tray, 2×4″ from industrial scrap. textured using punches, below.

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Change basket/small bowl, from industrial scrap, textured with punches, below.

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Decorative/texturing punches, made with carbon steel recycled from tools including pickaxe blade, old rock drill bit, and old cold chisel.

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I went to see my friend Lewis and dig through his scrap piles over the weekend. Here is one of the meanest looking pair of snips I have ever seen.

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‘Flatter’ hammer used for flattening hot metal. Made from old sledgehammer and part of an old splitting maul.

 

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Decorative twists in a handles made from railroad spikes.

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‘Cross Pien’ sledgehammer made from 10 lb. splitting maul.

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