Friday, September 9, 2011

Working in the Forge at Mt. Vernon

Recently, I have been spending my forge time at Mt. Vernon in their historical forge and I have been having a great time doing it.  I get to work with an amazing team and it is great to be able to share your passion with the many interested guests that visit.
On this particular day, I was forging a set of andirons similar to ones I saw Peter Ross make at a demo last year and also similar to a pair my friend Curt just made:

One of the several difficult aspects of andirons is the upset square corners at the back.  I was working with 3/4" square stock here, so it was many heats before I was happy with the bend.

I only get to spend a few hours there each time I go, so this project is one that is still "underway".