ElementFe is my trade name for the Guemes Island blacksmith shop; designing, forging, and building handcrafted forged steel and iron furniture, gates, railings, candlesticks, spoons, kitchenware and all manner of repair and fabrication.
Thursday, March 06, 2008
Here a ladle evolves- beginning with 1 1/2 " pure iron, which holds heat SO much better than steel- I can actually work it under the mechanical hammer down into a black heat (though it's not the greatest idea).
The objective is to set up the shape at the end of the bar so that squishing it naturally makes a round disk for the spoon, which is then sunk into a mold.
All different, just now I'm into making nice clean stems and bowls but leaving the ends of the handles very "forged". It's different every session it seems.