Today the anvils are so cold I’m having to work much quicker and heat up the bar more frequently as the anvil is sucking the heat out of the bar.
First I need to finish dressing the bar to make the sides smooth and flatten out the dents.
Then cut off the end with a grinder – so it’s square not oblong – followed by rounding off all 4 corners of the indent before the twist.
Lock the rod into the corner of the anvil to round the corners with the hammer
Round off the ends next to the square
Warm up the bar
Put the end in the vice
With pliers twist the rod 90 degrees
The end is now on the left hand side and needs to be centred
Heat the rod and put it on its right side with a hammer and a crisp blow moving it across to the middle
Rounding the square with a swage
Now warm it up and make the square 7-sided
Make sure the bar is square on the anvil
Use a 5/8 inch swage to help round it
Only round the edges of the sides not the corners as need to be a crisp geometric disc
Always hit onto the anvil and roll gently levering the bar so it makes an even circle and the anvil is doing the work.