Sunday, March 4, 2012
I made a sign for the shop out of some old strapping. Just finished some s hooks and eyelets and hung it above the door. I had some friends over to the shop this weekend and mettled. I got a lesson in brazing, so I'm brainstorming sculpture ideas using bike spokes and brazing rod to make models. I like drawings, but the bike spokes allow me to draw 3 dimensionally.
My friend Dave Wilson came out and gave me some good ideas about tool design. He made a hold-fast for the anvil, and inspired me to make some bending jigs. This tool mounts in the pritchet hole and holds the piece down to the anvil.
I also made a fullering jig (pictured below) to make a decorative design at the top of a bracket. This spring tool allows you to pinch a piece of metal the same on both sides.
You strike the top and squeeze the metal between the top and bottom of the tool.