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This is a curved fireplace screen I started when I was in school, about 10 or 12 years ago. I was reorganizing my shop and got tired of the unfinished pieces laying on the floor, so I started working on it again when I refilled my oxygen bottle. I figured I'd share the large, non knife related project I've been spending time on.

 

The scrolls are forged flat, then bent and twisted on a form to ensure that they curve consistently over the entire piece. I have a bit more tweaking and some small pieces to do before assembly.

 

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That looks great, Bob.  Forging on a curve is not at easy.  I also like how you incorporated different styles of finials. Very well done!  

Are the 2 main scrolls forged from one piece of stock?

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10 hours ago, billyO said:

That looks great, Bob.  Forging on a curve is not at easy.  I also like how you incorporated different styles of finials. Very well done!  

Are the 2 main scrolls forged from one piece of stock?

 

The large scroll is 5 or 6 parts forged and welded together. The pair of scrolls was 2 pieces.

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Nice!  I've made a couple of fireplace screens, but never a curved one.  That's a whole 'nother level!

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2 hours ago, Alan Longmire said:

Nice!  I've made a couple of fireplace screens, but never a curved one.  That's a whole 'nother level!

 

Thanks Alan! It really is a whole other level! Not only do they have to match flat, you have to bend them and then twist them so that everything matches and is level throughout the scroll. A major headache and I have no idea how they did it without torches.

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On 1/4/2021 at 12:46 PM, Bob Ouellette said:

 I have no idea how they did it without torches.

With a round faced hammer and a saddle.  It's been years, but back when I worked for others, I helped do a few curved railings.

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4 hours ago, Chadd S. said:

Wow, that looks amazing. Reminds me of the stuff my teacher used to make. Very nice job there.

 

Thanks! Who was your teacher?

 

2 hours ago, Gerald Boggs said:

With a round faced hammer and a saddle.  It's been years, but back when I worked for others, I helped do a few curved railings.

 

That sounds like an incredible pain, not that the torch method isn't a pain itself.

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John Adams at Tunnel Mill Crafts. I only took a couple of classes from him but I'll never forget him. One the coolest, nicest guys I ever met. I used to show up early just chat with him. I'm pretty sure he and Ric Furrer knew each other, taught classes together. Sadly, John passed away a couple years ago. Amazing guy.

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10 hours ago, Bob Ouellette said:

That sounds like an incredible pain, not that the torch method isn't a pain itself.

On small stuff, not so bad, but putting the curve and helix on a curved handrail was a three man job.  You had to hold both ends, otherwise the shock wave from hitting would mess-up what you had already done.

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3 hours ago, Gerald Boggs said:

On small stuff, not so bad, but putting the curve and helix on a curved handrail was a three man job.  You had to hold both ends, otherwise the shock wave from hitting would mess-up what you had already done.

 

I believe it!

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