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DRAGON BOOK ENDS Sculpture Hand Forged by a Blacksmith

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This pair of original dragon book ends were forged and signed by hand by a blacksmith.

The 2 dragon heads were forged hot at the anvil with the hammer the old way.

Forged out of heavy 5/8" square bar, the head is sculpted "in" the metal with the hammer and the corners of the anvil, details are then added with hand held punches that I made (eye punch, nostril punch, and a hot cut for the mouth and ears/horns).

Next, I formed a decorative twist in the dragon's body. (The last photo shows this actual twist being made).

I then cut two 4 1/2" pieces of 4" x 6" heavy angle iron and hammered all the corners to give them that handmade hammered look, then I welded the dragons to the angle iron.

To hide the welds and keep everything clean, I added three decorative collars to each book end.
One made out of thick 1 1/4" flat bar (this one has my logo signature punched on it), and two made with 1/4" round stock.

For cleaning, I use the wire brush followed by a light sand paper. This highlights the hammer marks. I heat everything up again and brush on a traditional blacksmith anti-corrosion treatment for inside ironwork applied at a low heat.(This treatment contains beeswax and boiled linseed oil).I really like this finish as it leaves the bare metal to be seen with it's highlights and gives an excellent protection for inside ironwork.

Measurements are approximately 9 " high x 4 1/2" wide x 4" deep for each book end.

Each book end weights approximately 7 pounds.

Made strong to last long !

Every dragon I forge comes out of the fire with his own personality and characteristics which makes them all original and unique.
The dragon book ends you see in the above photos are the ones that will be sent to you.

This listing would also fit in the sculpture or art sections.

You may click here to go directly to the drgon section of my shop, where you will find different sizes, styles,utilities, some have more details than others, prices vary... Each dragon is hand forged one at a time by myself, making each one unique. Have fun shopping :
http://www.etsy.com/shop/NazForge?section_id=10228036


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DRAGON BOOK ENDS Sculpture Hand Forged by a Blacksmith


Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: metal, iron, steel, fire, heat, hot, wax, oil, angle, square, round, punch, hammer
  • Ships from Canada to select countries.
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