The September Meeting of the Clinch River Blacksmiths Guild was held at the Home forge on the 25th. We discussed the upcoming KnifeMaking workshop with Stephen Fowler and then moved into the forge to work on animal heads.
Andrew gave a demo on their use, Some of the options you had to personalize the animals, and methods you can use to imply one creature vs. another.
Using a 1/2 inch square bar we forged a step down about 1/3rd of the thickness of the material, rounding out the corners as our heat faded. The next heats were used to punch eyes and nostrils into our creature using our eye punch and ball punch. We then moved onto our chisel to work on cutting open a portion for the mouth and finished up by chiseling ears out from the neck area and curling them around.
The next meeting of the CRBG will be held on October 30th at 1:30pm at the guild forge. Joe Babb will be demonstrating and workshopping the process of forgewelding. This is a critical technique that can often be overwhelming to even experienced smiths. We look forward to seeing you all there.