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, March 18, 2009

I thought I'd document the birth of a batch of spoons.
Here, a piece of iron bar is set into the forge. When it's yellow hot, it's hammered on edge under the 25 lb. Little Giant forging hammer, to set off the section that will be the bowl of the spoon, which is then flattened and spread sideways.
The handle is drawn out and then cut to length using a "hardy" on the anvil- basically a knife edge sticking up- the bar is laid on top of the hardy and a few blows with the hammer cut the hot, pliable iron.