EIGHTH AND FINAL STAGE!
At long last...........after 18 months and a great deal of "Dolls House Talk" (as hubby calls it ...chuckle!) the complete forge is done. It wasn't an easy task but one that stretched my "miniature making muscles!", it also made my brain hurt on a number if occasions lol!....BUT I am glad I stuck at it and finally completed it.
Here are some photos showing more detail of the machinery, the bellows mechanism which blasts air through the silver pipework to the hearth. Next, an overhead shot looking down into the forge showing the beams and the wind pipe to stoke the hearth. Outside to the left of the forge is a small work room where the handles would be fitted to the scythes, sickles, etc, they made.
Inside the work room are tools hanging on the wall, and a work bench and a cosy fire.
The last 2 photos show the outside of my forge...The forge had to have a plinth to sit on because the bottom of waterwheels are always below floor level. The last photo is of Mr Douglas and Mr Thomas having a well-deserved meal break and a swift pint!
The silver pipes from the blowing engine (this raises the hearth to an intense heat) are fitted. At the back, beams which carry a belt from the mainshaft to drive the grinding wheel etc are also fitted.
The bellows mechanism or "blowing engine" (above front left) pumps air to raise the hearth temperature to an intense heat needed to heat the metal (the heater lad takes care of this)
ready for the forgemaster to forge under the great hammer.
Back left is the guillotine for cutting metal.
Overhead shot of the giant air pump cylinders and the silver piping which carries the air to beneath the hearth.
Forgemaster working metal!
Heater lad heating up the metal for the forge master!
Outside and left of my tilt forge is the little work room.
Inside the work room. Hung on the walls are tools, which have been made here are cleaned,
handles put on and ready to be sold: scythe, sickle, axe and a large knife.... ALL made with balsa!
The little range (you guessed it! YES.. made from balsa!) is used for making tea and heating
glue to stick the handles on.
The finished front.
Right hand side
The finished Wheel , pentrough and a little wall surrounding it, complete with bulrushes!
Towards the end of a hard-working day, Mr Douglas and Mr Thomas are enjoying
a well-deserved meal break and a swift pint! As you can see, I have built a fancy little wall around the wheel
and planted some bulrushes just to finish it off!. Notice the warm glow from the hearth inside the forge.
Well, this is my little tilt forge, I hope you enjoyed it :-)
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