reply to post by skalla
skalla - I'm wondering what kind of equipment you're using regarding heat ?
Does tempering interest you ?
Melting glass ?
Forging iron ?
I used oxy-acetylene, but wish I'd discovered propane forges much earlier.
I built one a couple of years ago in Andalucia, and it really extended the range of what was possible.
Cost is minimal, they are portable, and suddenly you're dealing with Earth, Fire , and Water!
This is an old file reshaped and reformed, polished roughened and tempered -- just right for striking a flint.
I'm not sure about the technology, but that may connect with ironwork snaps too.
More recently I've been turning wood in a tentative sort of a way, reducing large beautiful pieces of wood into tiny objects of indeterminate shape
and uncertain purpose.
The difference between shavings and shrapnel with a woodlathe is dismally thin, and I've been lucky several times. But it's up there with crack
coc aine as regards being a bit "Moreish."
If you have to live by selling what you make, I hope you do better than I did.
As Seasick Steve says, I started out with nothing, and I've still got most of it left.
What I do have, is a gallery of railings, gates, stairways, weathervanes, balustrades, sculpture etc, in the surrounding area, representing my time as
If you get the chance to put your work in the public domain, and build it up over the years, there's a feeling your time wasn't wasted.
Even if, like me, you have to be a "Ragged Trousered Philanthropist."