Last Saturday I spent the day at Ratho Forge outside of Edinburgh, where Pete helped me shape up the remaining pieces of Damascus steel that I’d made.
Not only does he have a fierce-some hot forge, but also some really great tools for shaping steel.
This is a power operated press which can be used with different shapes of tools. In this case I was shaping a piece of Damascus plate, that I’d thinned down on one of the power hammers, into a bowl.
I’ve sand blasted the bowl and used a diamond burr to remove the crud, but it’s not etched yet.
I’ll post pics when it’s finished.
It has a lovely tone when struck and I’m consulting with musician friend Anne on whether we can create some music for it.
I also worked on two spoons, also not etched yet.