Sunday, May 6, 2018

Hammer, stake and fire

©2018 Barry Smith - A cone shaped vessel
Over the weekend I was able to grab a couple of hours to do a little metal work

I had cut and selected quite a few bits and pieces (below) over a month ago; but had not got back to working them.

©2018 Barry Smith  - A combination of cut and formed flat metal and bases that had been sweated off other trays and bowls for repurposing
I must say it gives me joy and a sense of satisfaction to be able to take 'found object', offcuts and pieces of silver-plated trays and hammer them into new shapes.

The piece at the start of the blog started life as the base of a goblet - but it and the other three bases will become beautiful hammered forms.

©2018 Barry Smith - Gentle curving form - 4 cycles of heating and hammering
The two pieces below were small silver plated eggcups; but after several rounds of fire and hammering on a stake they will become bowl section for a pair of small deeper ladles.

©2018 Barry Smith  - These will become ladles
The small piece below (about 6cm in diameter) will be one of a number of fungi forms.

©2018 Barry Smith - Shallow fungi form
And the funnel like piece will be just a beautiful form.

©2018 Barry Smith  - Funnel form
©2018 Barry Smith 
None of the pieces above have been polished yet. I will continue to work on the rest of the pieces over the next week.


  1. Hi MC and R - thanks for checking out the post and leaving a comment. Not many do that in this age of the instant like. Go well. B


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