In the October/ November Issue 86 of The Shed, we first head to Whanganui to meet blacksmith Josh Timms. Josh has his own way of making knives and axes and shows us how to make a Viking Knife starting with a piece of new steel right through to the finished product. Then we head to…
Shannon Jordan and Louise Simmons sold up in suburbia and bought a block of land in Ruakaka, Northland, three years ago. They planned to live in a caravan while planning and saving for their house. From this magazine’s point of view, they had their priorities right and decided to build a shed first.
This brick forge is constructed from lightweight insulating firebrick. Known as a K26 brick it is available from Certec in Auckland. These insulating fire bricks are rated to 1426°C and measure 230x115x75mm. They are commonly used to line foundry furnaces, forges, and kilns. These soft bricks can easily be cut to size with an ordinary wood saw, drilled to create burner openings, or routed to create channels. Watch this video to see how we built this gas forge and an oil-powered version as well. As featured in The Shed Issue 85
If this design was being made in an art school, it would be stuck to a sheet of silver and the basic shapes cut from there. If a design was made this way in, say, 18 carat gold and the wing outlines (as here) made from 2.5mm thick metal, the outlay and waste material would be considerable from a 2.5mm-thick sheet of 18 carat gold plate. But we will make it like a professional craftsman who has to live in the real world where costs matter.
The Word Clock is a project created by Doug Jackson using Open Source (www.dougswordclock.com) and has been evolving into the product you see here. It is based on an Atmel 168 processor chip as used in Arduino, is programmed using Arduino and ﬁtted into a custom-made printed circuit board (PCB).
The best timber for this kind of bowl is any fruit tree, the ﬂowering cherry tree, olive tree or any tree with not too thick bark. Pohutukawa is a good wood, but the bark is fragile. The secret to capturing this natural-edged look is to turn the bowl from a piece of timber that has not yet totally dried out.
The ﬁrst water ram was patented in 1772 by Englishman John Whitehurst. Designs have evolved since then and continue to do so particularly in Holland where, in the 1990s, one university was building 20 water rams a year for third-world projects.
There are times when you need DC (Direct Current) voltage for some project or other; it is mostly small applications—has to change the 230v AC mains into something else first, normally a low-voltage DC.