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Fly Press Tooling

Posted: December 17, 2015 in Uncategorized

It has been a busy summer and fall. We have been working on wildfires and prescribed burning projects, but things have finally calmed down enough to get some metal work done. I am making texturing dies for the fly press, mainly from 1045 medium-carbon shafting – 1″ round bar.

Most of the dies are worked hot, and then finished on a metal lathe. Others are done completely on the lathe. Most of these tools will be used on hot metal.


These were cut with the lathe, and then hardened using a brine quench.


Some are hand-filed or cut on the lathe and then forged.97




The flower is built from rods and hand-filed. Negative was faced on lathe.99

Next step – using these for some projects.