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, May 06, 2009

Here are some brackets to hold a foldaway ladder in a custom home here on Guemes Island.
First I had to lay it all out on sheet steel- I do a number of projects that look fairly free form that actually have to be laid out very accurately so that bolt holes line up perfectly, so time spent getting that just right is never wasted.
The blanks were cut with a torch, then cleaned up and drilled. The surface was then textured at an orange heat (the blacksmithing look) and they were welded together.
Finish is wax applied at a smoking heat, which gives the steel a durable black surface that (unlike paint) doesn't hide the hammer texture.