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Project by charlie posted 11-25-2018 02:49 AM 725 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Bellows! I do hope this counts as woodworking as it’s “mixed media” :)

This was for a woodwork challenge. I was given a piece of very knotted Spanish chestnut (I was away the day they announced the challenge, so I was left with the last piece, so ¯\-(ツ)-/¯ ). I decided to make a pair of bellows, which involved a lot of resawing and laminating the bits that didn’t have any massive, cracked knots.

Each valve inside is a small leather piece glued to a scrap piece of wood, screwed into the larger leaf. The small leather straps prevent the valves from sticking up into the other leaf and wedging the bellows open.

Attached the gusset and reinforced with a second strip of leather. Secured with upholstery nails.

Snout is a stainless steel alloy that is particularly heat tolerant. Secured with silicon bronze serrated nails.

Done with all hand tools and vegetable-tanned leather with Spanish chestnut. Design from Roy Underhill’s “The Woodwright’s Apprentice”.

-- unplugged in NZ

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#1 posted 11-27-2018 06:03 PM

Now THAT is craftsmanship! Love the old world feel of just the whole making a bellows. Looks great and the leatherwork only adds to the whole effect. Great work!

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#2 posted 12-07-2018 01:55 AM

Thanks friend! They work so much better than the ones from the op-shop. Competition is tomorrow. I don’t have a chance at winning, but I love what I’ve made :)

-- unplugged in NZ

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#3 posted 12-08-2018 02:16 AM

That’s beautiful. I have a double-bellows and portable forge on my “to build someday” list. it’s kind of fascinating how they work.

-- Elroy

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