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.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Once or twice a winter we get a week of what most folks would call "winter"- snow, lows in the twenties.
Not a whole lot going on in the Forge today, but here are a couple of little projects...
These spoons weren't getting much love at shows, though I was kind of fond of the unfinished look, understandably my customers weren't so excited about having them in their kitchens. Heating, straightening the handles, and forging a hook on the end (by pinching and stretching the extra metal at the end of the handle) made for a much more appealing product.
Heavy angle iron (3" x 3/8" ) is being cut for a table base- this piece of burl wood sat for many years in the shop at Mitercraft ( www.mitercraft.com ) an island woodworking business that employed my sons and continues to teach and employ young folks on Guemes Island.
It's being made into a tabletop for one of their first helpers, who started at 16 and now is married, successfully in the excavation business, and moving into his new home.
Since he's a digger and heavy equipment guy, I thought he might appreciate a sturdy base, and am hoping that the strong verticals and geometric look will set off the free form organic top...more to come on that!