Finish and Deliver

The feathers were forged from 14 gage mild steel, acid etched, patinated, and then clear enameled.

The final finish was done with two coats of clear enamel.

I like how the color comes up through the black.

This picture and the other two detail pictures of the pedstal were taken by Rick Paulson.

The pedistal was delivered to the client and the Chief Joseph statue entilted "Freedom" rests comfortably.

Chief Joseph looks up at the eagle as it begins to take flight.

My camera phone picture doesn't do David Manuel's art justice.

Thank you R & C for believing in me and supporting my passion.

Welding and Painting

30 days flew by while I was working on two projects at the same time. let's see if I can get the blog caught up to today without writing a book.
I riveted all the symbols on the pedestal parts instead of welding to preserve the sharp detail.

Then all the parts were welded together.
The metal leather was stretched over the drum top and held with metal rawhide
It was a sunny day so moved the stand outside to get a good look at the shadows and texture.
The first day of painting started with primer.
Two days later I painted it red. 
Two days later I painted it orange.

Two days later I painted it black.  

Leg Bars and Parts Cleaning

1/2" Thick bars are heavily textured in the forge then grooved on the fly press.

Bars are heated again after grooving.

Then hammered into a curved wooden die that match the radius I need.

I clean the forging scale off the parts by soaking them in vinegar for 2 to 4 days.

This is what they look like after a lot of wire brushing.

The paper template is used to drill the holes for the rivets that will hold on symbols.

I spent a lot of time here cutting angles and correct lengths between legs.

I'm getting close to welding it all together.