Our Weathervane Project has several different shapes as part of the design. C-scrolls, tulips, and diamonds are repeated themes. Let’s look at how the diamond forms are created at the forge.
They are formed from low-carbon steel bar that is ¼” by 2” by about 5” long. The first 3" will be used to form the diamond shape and the rest formed into the tail approximately 5/8" thick and 2.5" long.
The diamond shape is forged out of the bar over the edge of the anvil. This takes several heats and goes faster with assistance from a striker with a sledge hammer. This one is half done:
The finished diamond then is forge-welded to the crossbar. That is done by two smiths working together to hold and weld the pieces together into a finished bar.
The welded bar is quenched in water and cleaned up.
The diamond is then framed by two scrolls to create a form of a Fleur De Lise. This one doesn't have the final collar yet but is still quite striking in silhouette.
I have been blacksmithing for 15 years. At The Farmers' Museum I teach classes, present blacksmithing demonstrations daily, make historically accurate tools and hardware, and research life and work in the 19th century. My past experiences include billboard painter, 15 years teaching American History, management of a small town library, and leadership in several blacksmithing organizations.