The last few things that I will likely have time to forge before we set up the booth in Creede, CO for the Days of '92 (4th of July): chiles (with an 'e'). It's been two years since I did these and they were a little tricker than I remembered. While most smiths have trouble tapering the chile, I stumble on the sepal. Most folks don't even notice, but there are 5 sets of 'grooves' around the sepal that are aligned with the dimples on the side of the chiles. Getting the sepal to lay correctly and to get the right tool to make the grooves is a bumpy bit for me. Finally got it close on the last one...got to write some of this down instead of relearning it each time. sigh.
The spoons were a nice break from the somewhat production type forging with the bottle openers. A small bit of opportunity to be imaginative with the handles.
Forged some new tooling to help with the copper spoon bowls and also a chance to show off my new touch mark.
I hope for light to follow darkness. Too political? I worked on this sundial a bit ago and never liked it. I completely reworked it, which is a bit of a challenge when the primary material is stone. Letting things set and will eventually finish in a clear lacquer so the stone has a bit of life to it (and will weather the elements a bit better).
An exploration in copper, steel, and brass. A neighbor found a few bits of scrap lying around and I thought it might be interesting to see what I could do with them. I've seen these around every now and then by other blacksmiths and never quite had the gumption to give one a try. Couple of things I'd change, but still pretty happy.
I'll have a table and demo area set up in Creede over the 4th of July holiday. Just starting to build up an inventory.
the Mad tinker
Just an archive of projects as they progress. Nothing really to see here. Move along ...