This month's blacksmith association meeting was not held at their usual time and place. Instead they met at restaurant called The Front Porch where they tell me you can get a pile of eggs, biscuits and gravy that even The Engineer can't put away for a measly $4.95. Sounds like my kind of place doesn't it? I don't usually go. I don't want to cramp the men's style. But if they're going to continue to eat the way they do I think I'm just going to have to attend more often. Why should I be the only one with cramps?
After polishing off what they could of the hearty breakfast they all headed out for the home of The Tin Man. He had everything well prepared and planned out for the guys to learn the art of Tinsmithing.
I can't fill you in on all the details because I wasn't there. But based on the pictures The Engineer took, I'd say it looks like you need to mark your pattern first.
Then use some kind of thingy to punch the holes...
It takes a lot of concentration to get all the way around.
Don't they all look focused?
When cutting the metal it helps to screw up your mouth like this...
Then there's some bending and pounding and heaven only knows what they're talking about. They are a bunch of men after all.
And eventually you end up with something like this.
Complete with a handle to bring it home to your proud momma.