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Raymond Richard
05-16-2011, 06:57 PM
I've been getting pretty burnt out making knives and felt like trying something different. My good friend Wayne Goddard gave me a bunch of Hammer Blow magazines several years ago and several are right next to my throne where I get to view them everyday. I decided to try this simple candle holder yesterday and got started on it today. I need to do a little drilling, put some thread on the bottom of the up right, and make a wood base to mount it on. I had everything I needed out in the shop. I used steel from a old drag saw blade, piece of hay rake tine, an old piece of black pipe that was at one time one of my forge burners, and four 16 penny nails I'll be using for rivets.


Jeff Pearce
05-16-2011, 07:23 PM
Very nice work.. Are the salmon running yet....

Raymond Richard
05-16-2011, 07:51 PM
Very nice work.. Are the salmon running yet....

Jeff, I think there running. I got asked to go fishing one day awhile back but I was just getting over an illness. I think the fishing has been pretty spotty but I really don't know. Anymore they seem to open and close the season a lot.

05-17-2011, 03:01 AM
Ray I know the feeling of wanting to make something else once in a while. I do that quite often too. I dig the candle holder, looking forward to the finished piece! Looks great so far. You need to tell us how you made the candle cups... :)

Eli Gautreaux
05-17-2011, 10:34 AM
Nice Work Ray, can't wait to see it completed.

05-17-2011, 10:35 AM

It looks like the candle holder arms are held on the upright rod by simple leverage; that is, they can be slid up and down the upright. Is this correct?

Great gift for your wife. I'm sure she hasn't appreciated it when you gift wrapped one of your knives for an Anniversary present. :1:

Funny how any man would be thrilled to have one of your knives, but the women folk like the ornamental ironwork more.

I have a book by Lorelei Simms (a pretty, talented lady blacksmith) called "The Backyard Blacksmith: Traditional Techniques for the Modern Smith." It has loads of need household projects. I made a pretty door knocker in my beginning blacksmithing class. It was from her book.

Raymond Richard
05-17-2011, 05:03 PM
Dave, Most likely I'll be making another one of these and if I do I'll take some pictures. I've got a few bugs to work out but nothing serious. More a matter of getting things level. I'll try and tell you verbally how I did the candle cup. I expanded the top of the pipe by heating it up and then sticking a 1 1/2" ball bearing at the top and beating it down into the pipe. You can do the same thing by using the ball on a large ball peen hammer. After I have the top to my liking I used Godzilla to make the waist. Pretty simple actually. I was hoping this wouldn't hurt my old bones but sure enough I'm pretty sore once again from the hammering.

Marvin, I was thinking of giving this to Jackie. She may even like it. Yes, it is leverage that holds the arms in place.

All and all I think it turned out pretty good. Never done anything like this all the years I have been forging. I use to think knives were a pain to photograph but this was even more tricky. Here's a photo of the finished product. Now to get the right size candles.


05-18-2011, 07:21 AM
That turned out nice Yar.

05-19-2011, 02:46 AM
Yeah, that's cool Ray. Sorry it affected your bones though!

Martin Brandt
05-21-2011, 08:22 AM
Nice job Ray. Variety is the spice of life, ya gottaa make a few non-knife things from time to time. Smithing is so versatile, it has applications for all sorts of useful objects, and non-useful just fun to look at stuff.