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, May 21, 2009

Finished dimensions are, 11" tines, 18" crossbar, 48" handles.
Sure works great.

This is a garden tool I made, to loosen and aerate the soil deep down without having to break my back with a shovel...yes, the thrill is gone after all these years!
Since the tines need to be strong, I drilled heavy hollow tube all the way through so they could be welded on both sides.
The tines were forged to rough shape using the mechanical hammer, finished a bit by hand then rasped with an old horseshoeing rasp- when steel is orange/red, it can be shaped just like wood using rough rasps.