17 hours ago
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
My friend Hansi found this piece of old iron up in the forest by where he lives in Duluth. It's an old logging spike, and it is sweet old wrought iron. Because of the way it was forged, not cast, it has a grain structure not unlike wood, and when heated and twisted it takes on quite an amazing texture.
Hansi just built a new sauna and didn't have a door handle for it. So this is his new door handle. It is not done yet, but the basic shape is emerging. There's quite a bit more work to do, and keeping a 1" square piece of steel hot enough to work and bend requires a lot of BTUs. I'm using my largest rosebud (50K BTUs, as much as a decent sized furnace, concentrated into a flame about the size of your pinky) and it still cools fast.
Posted by canoelover at 7:39 AM