My sorry butt's been slacking off with S2S lately what with house renovations and sharp-tongued bankers, but here's some shade-tree stuff I've been working on the last little long while:
Helped my friend Bri out with a school project. Ever seen a chain-link fence cap as a mouse's head?
I managed to get my hands on a 2ft section of railroad track a month or two ago and decided to try a little forge work with the track as an anvil, so I also tossed together a coal forge from a pipe, old sink, blow dryer, and some of a deceased desk:
With the best thing forged so far other than my tongs being this:
Twisting an inch thick chunk of glowing hot steel like cold butter and seeing the scale crumble away is pretty damn awesome. I'm seriously debating making a propane forge.
I've also gotten my hands on a gas motor for a bicycle and put it on a bike frame that I stretched out and modified pretty heavily. It started life like this:
and now looks like this:
I'm still wearing in the motor, but once I do I'll strip the frame, add another top tube in the middle of the frame, and hopfully braze up an in-frame long tank for it too before I paint it. Flat black works for now....
My shade tree in the back yard has been making a decent workshop (barring rain) after I made a picnic table, so I made another little bike to take my mind off things that don't involve sizzling hot metal:
It's a crap photo, but the square nail exhaust came out very well with a little baby-forging and a coat of shellac instead of clear coat makes it feel awesome to hold.
And finally here's a preview of something in-progress that I'm still not sure where I'm going with it, but I'm pretty happy so far:
And a picture my friend Ernest was nice enough to do a great job taking:
More to come as I get the latest metal man and whatever else I get done finished.