This week we’ve designed and made this hand forged poker from 12mm square bar. The customer’s initials are laser cut into an oval shaped handle; a great way of adding a personalised touch to a functional piece. The sharp, contemporary laser cut design contrasts, yet blends well with the traditional forged twist and drawn out end, and the black beeswax finish helps bring the two styles together. Will look great next to any log burner or fireplace and would make a fantastic personalised gift! Any design as long as it’s not too conmplex could be laser cut into the handle, whether that be a logo, an image, or letters as shown here. It is cut from 5 mm thick steel giving it a really chunky look and feel.
We made this set of hooks from a pair of broken garden shears. The blades are forged by hand each with a rats tail end and the blades welded together to keep them in position. Mounted flat against a wall or door, the wooden handles are also effective for hanging coats. Perfect for an allotment shed! We’ve produced several pairs as Christmas presents for friends and family this year, all of which have gone down very well. Just need to stockpile a few pairs of broken / blunt / never used shears and we can upload this product to the website so it’s available to purchase.
Candle holders made from reclaimed forks! I’ve made them in our forge, heating the prongs and twisting them around. As the metal is so thin it’s very easy to turn them into a sparkler by accident! As they are made by hand, each one is slightly different. The candle dish is TIG welded onto the fork, and the beeswax finish is applied while the piece is still hot. These can be purchased on the following link: https://www.blackfoxmetalcraft.co.uk/forge/fork-candle-holders.html
I love Blacksmithing. I did a course last summer, it was fantastic. Heres a photo of me at work. The other photo is of my great great grandfather who was a Blacksmith on the Tatton Park estate in Cheshire. I’m not sure exactly when the photo was taken, but I find it really fascinating and would love to know more about him and his work.