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Hand Forging by Thomas F. Googerty

EMBOSSED WORK, p.135, forms, embellishments, designs, ironwork, dies, method, Fig. 84, Modeling-Hammers, artistic, beauty, Fig. 83, block, elm wood, hammering, raising, embossing, end grain
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EMBOSSED WORK p.135 forms are used as embellishments in some designs for ironwork. Nowadays many of these are made with dies, but with this method, it is needless to say, the exactness and sameness of the work destroys Fig. 84- Modeling-Hammers all the artistic beauty and reduces it at once to the commonplace. In Fig. 83 is shown a block of elm wood suitable for hammering metal on when raising and embossing it. The block should be about 3 ft. high and 12 in. in diameter. It is well to have several blocks of various sizes. The method of raising projections on the surface of metal is to heat the metal and set it while hot on the end grain of the block, where it is hammered. The wood will burn faster at the place

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