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Volume 14 - Page 5 of 11
CanIRON II Conference Edition
An exclusive anvilfire report

Susan Hutchinson, North Carolina: Susan gives the appearance of being the girl next store. Her size is disarming. When she works, the steel moves under her command as well as any. She started her demonstration with a slide show and a talk about design on the first day and proceeded to produce the work on the others. Susan demonstrated all the basic techniques, drawing, upsetting and welding. She also went through the layout and measuring processes required for any complex piece. Her layout was on a piece of steel plate. This lets you put the hot work on the layout without burning up the drawing as it would on wood or paper.
On forge welding Susan says it is easy as long as your fire is clean and your steel is clean. Then as long as you correctly judge the temperature your welds should stick every time. Earlier Frank Turley had recommended that you make a simple fagot (the bar folded back on it self) forge weld every day before you shut down your forge. (Practice, practice, practice).

Susan told a story about one of her instructors that had dropped a piece he was ready to weld on the ground. He just went over, stuck the two pieces together, gave then a tap and went back to the anvil and finished the weld!

Uri Hofi, Israel: This was the first time I had sat through one of Uri's demonstrations. He is quite the showman and keeps things moving constantly. He worked with both his striker and a Kuhn power hammer. While working out of two large gas forges he produced three oversized nails about 30" (750mm) long for a sculpture and several styles of leaves and a bottle opener with a knot tied in 3/8" (10mm) round bar.

While forging leaves on the horn of the anvil (after making the blanks) he discussed how the curved surface of the horn should make a mark opposite to the peen on his hammer. He also showed a little tool he had made for making serrated leaves. The tool consisted of two dies from a pipe threader held in a fixture. The hot leaf blank was placed between the dies and given one sharp blow. Afterwards the leaf was flattened and viola' you have a leaf with serrations.

Left, Uri Hoffi forging on the Kuhn.

Above, Sheep forged by Uri Hofi in the Gallery
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