Starting with 2 1/4 inch wrought iron.
Shouldered, cut and fullered
The top joint
Slitting the arms to hold the bowl.
Tightening the fit
Straightening and fitting.
My friend and wonderful blacksmith Eric Dewey dropped by to help with a leg.
Wrought iron is all different. Found at the salvage yard, I never know quite what I will get. I got lucky here.
Fitting the bottom center joint.
Figure it out. The middle joint.
Starting to believe.
The center, a lapped mortise and tenon joint.
The plan is to use square pegs to hold the top to the bottom.
Making some tools to help.
I built a jig and using the vice I could drive a drift which spread the iron in a controlled fashion.
The bottom leg layout.
Splitting the bottom leg. Calling in reinforcements. My husband, Colum.
Beautiful wrought iron texture.
Dry fit before setting tenons and rivets.
Bottom leg joint squeezed and tenon.
Fitting the pegs and rivets.
Beeswax, turpentine and linseed oil finish.
And then the bronze pegs.
Ready to go.