On December 19, 2020, I was a vendor/exhibitor at The Steel Yard’s “Holiday Art Market”, and it was really a great event held in very challenging times. All the pandemic precautions were in place: social distancing, mask wearing, hand sanitizer, and staggered entry of patrons to prevent crowding.
These were forged before tonight’s winter storm. Productive night.
So, the round hole in the cap-lifting tab on this bottle opener was last night’s mistake (at the time a crack/ fissure). A little work with a Dremel tonight and I’m unusually pleased with it now.
Here’s a special variation of my tentacle bottle opener made from a special material. This particular opener is made from wrought iron sourced from Providence, RI. It came from a derelict building that was built sometime in the late 1920s (possibly very early 1930s).
(Image 1) This is eight tentacle bottle openers in waiting; 3/4-inch round stock. (Image 2) But first, I need to get accustomed to a new (to me…) tapering die on the Bradley 50-lb power hammer. Eventually, it should make my life easier. But we need to get to know each other a little better first. […]
In mid-September 2018, I went from blacksmithing practitioner to blacksmithing teacher (albeit in a very modest fashion). I taught my first absolute beginner blacksmithing course, “Forge Your Own Bottle Opener”, at The Steel Yard in Providence, RI. For those who don’t know, The Steel Yard is a brilliant maker space and industrial arts education center […]