Had to pull out the whole crane MacGyver thingy today, and it looks like I’ll be flattening these chunks out for the rest of the week! Oh wait, that’s only one more day! Work harder Tim! . #blacksmith#powerhammer#crane#workharder
It's almost time for the next year's course dates to go live! I'm extremely excited for all next year has in store, not least of all the classes. More variety, better facilities, more dates and best of all, more of Caths food! Keep an eye on Alex's Instagram and website for when the new site and course dates go live. I've a feeling a lot of these are going to sell out quick. @alexpoleironwork
Squishing a candle holder under the power hammer. I’ve done it a million times, and I still love doing it. 😃
I caught one of our Chris’s in his natural habitat yesterday working on the Porsche Speedster quarter panel utilizing our new CP Lower Die Holder Post Holder Thingy... I filmed a quick video of the process he is using and thought it was a great opportunity to explain a couple concepts; In this case he is stretching some filled trim holes that he has TIG welded small round fillers in. When the weld cools it shrinks creating distortion or a low spot. In this case it was a low spot. So he first uses a radius gauge to measure the crown in the panel next to the low area and it measures out to be a 12” Radius. Knowing that the area needs to be stretched out he chooses a 9” Radius Lower Die or Dolly allowing one to stretch the material that has shrunk and bring it back to the surrounding surface area radius faster. After you get the material closer to a 12” Radius then swapping the Lower Die or Dolly out to a 12” Radius for final smoothing. For example; if you are shaping a panel and you are wanting to generate a consistent 6” Radius, using a 6” Lower Die is going to be difficult to achieve because there is a slight amount of spring back. Swapping out your Lower Die to a 4” Radius and first doing your initial shaping until you come close to reaching a 6” Radius. Then swapping out the Lower Die to a matching 6” Radius for final smoothing is an efficient way for accurately repeating results. Let me know if this makes sense and what you think then I can elaborate more in future posts... is there something specific you would like to learn more about? Let me know!