full time metal fabricator/artist

Making corkscrews with a forge

I fired up the forge and made a pair of blacksmith tongs based out of need.

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Then I grabbed some 3/16″ pencil steel (a little bit too thick, I’ll probably go down to 1/8″ or even 1/16″ for the finished product), drew tapers on the end of the rods then got them to a dull glowing red, I then used vise grips to attach the rod to a 3/8″ rod I had clamped in a vise, after it was attached, I wrapped the rod around the other rod (I know, I know, Rodfest 2015) and came up with this.

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I then flattened out the coil with some light taps to make a more consistant coil.

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I then heated the metal back up one last time and stretched the coil out to a corkscrew.

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After a couple mistakes and learning some good ways to make corkscrews, I have a better understanding of what I’ll be doing to refine this process and be using stainless steel rod for my next time with making these along with some hardwood handles.

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Thanks for reading.
More to come.

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