This is a cooking stone used for chuckwagon cooking around the turn of the century. The stones were heated in the campfire and then placed in a metal lined oak box, just bigger than the diameter of the stone. One stone went on the bottom, then the pot, then another stone on top. The cover on the box was latched down and the meal cooked as the cattle drive moved to the next location.
I've been asked to forge a new tool to replace the missing hook. A design similar to a steak turner almost works, but because the box is narrow, the hook has to be slightly different shape. It's easy enough to make something that works, but I'd like it to be as close a reproduction as possible. Anyone seen one of these before?
Started working on a small box, typically used to hold ashes. No foreshadowing, just a challenging bit of smithing with a slightly morbid application.
A gentleman stopped by my demo at the Creede Days of '92 (Fourth of July) and sketched a beekeeper tool on some scrap. I'd never heard of horizontal top-bar hives, but they sound pretty cool. This is my first shot at making one of these hive tools - not overly complicated thing to forge, but still pretty happy with it.
Fourth of July demo/sales in Creede, CO. It's been over a year since I've done one of these so we were out early getting the forge and sales table set up. Taking advantage of the quiet time before the crowds to do some initial forging and get the kinks out. Stayed busy the entire day. The second day I donned the work kilt and that obviously drew even bigger crowds 😉 . Met a lot of great folks from all over. A great time with a couple of guys drawing tools in the dirt that I'd never heard of or seen before, and forging them while they waited, and a couple more that will take a bit more time.
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