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I haven't been very active at the forge for the last year, so I thought I'd give myself a kick in the pants by doing a WIP for my KITH entry this year.  I've learned that unzipping the preverbal fly in front of the all-mighty interweb seems to motivate me to do my best work.


Having never played with wrought iron before, let alone welding a piece of high carbon steel to it, I thought I'd do a simple wood chisel.  Everyone needs a good 1" chisel, right?


I started with a piece of 3/4" square wrought That I ordered from a guy up in Canada.  I was advised to forge it mostly to shape before welding on the steel.  I didn't get any pics of that process, but I did think to snap a quick shot of the 1075 sitting on the wrought as it was coming up to welding temp:




After a little bit of shaping, this wad of bubble-gum is what I had.  It is sitting next to a piece of the parent bar of wrought iron.




Then the grinder-smith and file-smith took over to try to find a 1" chisel in there somewhere.  As forged, it had swelled to about 1.25" wide.  I did a quick etch to see where the steel bit ended up.








I'm not particularly good at trying to grind/file an octagon free-hand.  After thinking on it for a while, I decided to just throw it in the mill and "eyeball" a square cross section that would be in-line with the centerline of the chisel.  I think I can manage to clean up the rest with files.




I'll clean up the curved transition area up to the first line on the bolster. (Is that waht it is called on a chisel?)  The other line is where I plan to grind down to the tang as the bolster came out way too long as forged.  I'll do that after the octagon is shaped just in case I want to leave it longer.


Stay tuned...








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Looking good Brian!


“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  





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