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Copper Vessel Repair and Tool Making
Rich Waugh - Friday, September 28, 2007 - 6:54pmblacksmithing | raising copper
While at the SOFA QuadState Roundup in Ohio last weekend, I purchased a couple of outstanding copper vessels from the featured demonstrators, the Maestro Ignacio Punzo Angel family of Santa Clara Del Cobre, Michoacan, Mexico. Unfortunately, the TSA goons searched and re-packed my bag and one of the vessels was damaged on the trip home. A nasty big dent way down deep in the thing. Hey, "no problem," says I; after all, raising holloware was my specialization in college. Just one tiny fly in the ointment - I could not locate my snarling iron to bump out the dent down in that vessel.
Well, since I now call myself a blacksmith, I set about forging a snarling iron to do the repair with. The iron came out very nicely, as did the repair. I can now give the vessel to my brother and sister-in-law for their housewarming present.
For the curious, the iron is about 18" long, overall. The shank is sized to fit my big Nimba anvil, so it's a bit big for the Gesswein stake holder. Works just fine, though.