Playing with fire: Do not stand under the hole in the roof during a storm
When stormy weather
– Do not stand under the hole in the roof
– Avoid flying swirls of soot and sparks in your eyes
– Ignore horizontal rain
– Dodge being stabbed by dangling metal shards falling off the roof
– Using the correct tongs is imperative
– Keep metal orangey-yellow or the metal will fracture if too cool
– Do not let the metal get too hot so it becomes a sparkler
– If you do create a sparkler file out the burnt black stuff and weld in more steel
Chiseling leaf marks
– Hold chisel at an angle
– Hammer incisively with one blow
– Do not chisel horizontally or the mark will be too long
Parts of the anvil
– Hardy hole (square)
– Pritchel hole (round)
Cutting through metal
– Use the hardy square
– Heat steel
– Hammer rod making incisions – rotating
– Use tongs to twist it off when near to the centre
– Do not hammer right through or the end will shoot off and embed into something then set fire to it
Making a loop
– Use round nosed pliers so not to mark the surface
– Twist to make a loop and gently hammer in the end.
– Hammer the leaf on the end of the beak to create a curve.
Finishing the leaf
– Use metal brush to clean up the leaf and make a nice shine – however it is the most dangerous tool of all – 11000rpm
– Avoid sparks and metal hairs which can embed in your skin if loose.
– Spray with WD40 to stop it rusting.
All artwork by Miranda Housden