Wood scraps create an Iron Rose

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Project by Quixote posted 06-22-2013 03:13 AM 2144 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I never really worry about what to do with my wood scraps. If anything, I usually don’t have enough to fuel my forge. I would prefer coal or coke because it burns hotter, longer etc… but wood scraps are plentiful and the neighbors think I’m having another BBQ. Second pic shows a mix of wood and coal after a few hours of use. I prefer hardwoods of course, but I’ll have sessions where I am simply cutting scrap to feed the forge, 6 inches or less, then save them till my next event.

This rose was made from a scrap piece of 3/8th rebar, about 18 inches. First pic is after bead blasting for a uniform finish and to remove the forging slag, Fourth pic still has forge scale and uneven heat bluing. The third pic shows the flower after the top petals were forged, the stems with leaves will come from the longer 1/4 inch mild steel rod pieces that join it in the forge. The forge is a steel truck wheel with a heavy cast steel brake drum as the fire pit, air is fed from a section of automotive exhaust pipe and and antique hand crank blower. ( I originally had an old hair dryer, but the heat and airflow were actually burning my steel, I had to slow down my air flow.)

The anvil is a 200lb Trenton from from the Columbus (OH) Anvil and Forging Company, circa 1906. The base and saddle for my new Wilton vise were built from scrap.

Took about 4 hours.

-- I don't make sawdust...I produce vast quantities of "Micro Mulch."

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#2 posted 06-23-2013 03:47 AM

Amazing artwork. Has a solid military flare to it, “The Iron Rose.” Wasn’t she a waitress in that dump of a bar off base. Should be a unit patch!

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#3 posted 06-23-2013 06:24 AM

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet as iron?
That’s not the way that goes but in this case a rose made of iron is just plain sweet!

-- "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." -- Aldous Huxley

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#4 posted 06-23-2013 11:26 PM

Nice one Quixote.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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