Well, the fly press is still on the floor and that makes it tough to see what's going on under the press. Fine control just is not going to happen. Even so, I was anxious to try out the new press on significant piece of metal before I threw the chased pattern under there and possibly lost all this work. Here's a quick bowl - I think it came out okay. I added the leaf to make it a little more expressive. Would have liked it a bit deeper, but this is about as tall as my forge will handle. [About 7"D x 1.5" deep, 1/4" mild steel plate]
The next adventure begins. I've been trying to start chasing for quite some time, and something seems to always get in the way. This seems like at good time to start. I've started a series of bowls that will be donated to various causes related to the arts, but to school shooting victims as well. The first of these is the Columbine Bowls. Blue Columbines are the Colorado state flower and, unfortunately, the name of the location for the shootings that took place on 20 April, 1999. Please be patient as I figure this chasing thing out ... #
Scrounging bits of scrap tool steel from around the shop to forge some chasing tools. The (blue) Columbine will be chased on the inside of a rather deep bowl (7"D, 3" deep), the leaf is to be forged in bronze and brazed on the inside (inspired by a recent bowl by @dirtysmith). The bronze leaf is a big reach for me so it may have to wait for the second iteration. #donation #columbinemassacre #stonemanshooting
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