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Hello all,

I am currently producing a padlock in carved Iron.

 

It will be heavily embellished with a wide array of techniques including Damascening, Pattern welding, Etching, engraving, heat bluing. Stamping, polishing and whatever other jazzy things i can think of.

 

The piece is kind of the end of my Journeyman.

 

I have been travelling the UK for the last two years working in the heritage and restoration sector.

The emblem of the craft movement here in Britain (for me at least) is the Acanthus Leaf- it transcends any one discipline, it occurs in every medium from stone to wood to plaster to metal. So for that reason the main motif of my design is the double acanthus.

 

The piece will be a fully working lock, although the mechanism will be simple as I am not “re-inventing” anything. What I am doing is bringing together my experiences and acquired knowledge from the last few years into one object. a challenge....

 

It will be busy and crowded from a design point of view, but that is sort of the point. I have a theory about visual intensity making an object “buzz” or vibrate in the viewer so by piling on the layers i am hoping the thing will congeal nicely.

 

But this wip, if you can call it that will be choppy as i am not yet finished travelling about, so i will be stealing time to get this thing done.

As with everything, there are no guarantees as to how this will turn out- I hope it will be pretty!

Thanks,

 

Now for the pictures....

 

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four copies glued to 4mm sheet of pure iron, ready to be cut out.

 

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initial carving

 

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thanks.

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really cool.. and a great bunch of different skills it must take.

 

After this... make one of those gigantic black, iron locks you always see hanging on dungeon doors.

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Awsome! I have always wanted to make a padlock. It seems to be a right of passage for many blacksmiths. That is a fantastic design as well. I will be following this one.

 

Jeff

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aww shucks

 

well here we are today, a bit further on, made some more tools and cast some copper silver alloy.

 

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water cast went all squigly first time round- couple of factors not right.

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second cast prodced more usuable pieces, but the pour was too low to the water. but its a pretty colour!

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hey dan, made a bunch of chisels and scrapers and burnishers

 

got some wonderful, wierd steel that you dont need to temper... very odd stuff, but makes great engraving tools.

 

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here they are!

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hullo chaps. ive ben in the wilderness of the north so no unpdates for a while

 

bottom has been largely leveled out, and i have begun forming the leafwork.

 

the key hole has not yet been cut in order to preserve the neat ness of the hole (accidental carving/ abrasion etc.

 

all hand carved with chisels, no electrickery. yet.....

 

 

 

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thanks

 

( i have definately resized these images but they are still huge on my screen - if they are too big then i will try to resize them again. )

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( i have definately resized these images but they are still huge on my screen - if they are too big then i will try to resize them again. )

They only fill up half the screen on my 'puter, so I'd say they're fine.

 

Looks good man, this is going to be a work of art when you're done with it. I once read something about how expensive locks were in medieval times; if they were as fancy as yours, I can see why. They must have had massive amounts of time and labor in the fancy ones, especially with the tools of the time.

 

all hand carved with chisels, no electrickery. yet.....

Are you planning to do this whole thing with nothing but period specific tools?

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Are you planning to do this whole thing with nothing but period specific tools?

 

 

hi sean, sorry for late reply- no interent here for a while!

 

there is always that intention with me (something of a luddite...... ) but this time, there wasnt.

 

i begn by using a dremel but quickly realised that i could have far more control and remove more matierial more quickl using specialised chisels.

 

not using electricity also liberates you to work in diferent places with very little.

 

much of what has been done so far has been done with improvised, disposable bech hooks i make when ive got two mins free.

 

thanks again, i will try to get some new pictures up soon.

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Hello all- not much progress recently. but some!

 

left acanthus is all there but for tweaking. it will not be given its final "polish" untill both sides are at an equal level and all the really dangerous tools are well away from it.

 

also began the left nettle as well as radius on the outer frame.

 

thanks alot for the interest.

 

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cheers friends.

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haha

 

thanks Alan!

 

cheers jake a compliment on carving from you means alot. it funny- you spend a long time preparing for a new technique and when you get the basics under control you start to imagine a whole bunch of other paths you can take it down....

 

also Jake- i saw the pics of ashokan and i didnt recognise you at first! im decided wether or not to grow a winter beard... if its anything like last year, I will need it!

 

i will attend one year i hope. looks like a blast.

 

did a touch more today, pics to follow.

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