My friend Pete and I made this planishing hammer based on a previous design by a well known metal shaper. This process allows me to get the precise shape based on the profile gauge and then finish it off in the English Wheel. I am using a 2″ lower die here in this portion of … More Planishing Hammer Work on 1938 Chevy Coup Headlamp Bucket
This week I am focusing on getting the right amount of shape to the formed headlamp bucket. I cut out a cardboard pattern and check it for correctness, then make a metal profile gauge to come back to as I shape, planish and wheel.
Today I continued shaping the headlamp buckets and decided to get the second half up to the same stage as the first half for the 1938 Chevy Coup. I used the planishing hammer and the Mittler Bros Bench Top English Wheel to shape and smooth. With the verity of lower anvils for the Mittler Bros … More Continuation 1938 Chevy Coup Headlamp Bucket Fabrication from scratch
This week I am fabricating from scratch 2 ~ 1938 Chevy Coup headlamp buckets. Making a paper pattern / using the slip roll/ stump and leather shot bag use and radius gauge. I will continue with the planishing hammer to smooth and blend the metal to conform to the shape needed. Keep you posted!
Our students are sold on using leather shot bags instead of sand filled bags and here is the reason why: Here at KMW we offer thick durable, double stitched leather shot bags. These bags are made by hand at Maple Valley Harness in Crittenden County Ky. Danny, an Amish part time saddle/bridle maker and part … More Leather Shot Bag Demos
I had the privilege to teach a class of 10 students this past weekend at Mittler Bros Machine & Tool in Wright City MO. Kingdom Metal Works continues to grow and expand our services to include great shops like MB to build the skills of metal shapers from beginners to the more advanced. Stay tuned … More Teaching Metal Shaping at Mittler Bros
Kingdom Metal Works is now selling handmade leather shot bags. We gave the dimensions to our local Amish saddlery shop and asked them to make our bags from their finest, thickest English Saddlery leather. These beater bags are made to be filled with lead shot #8 which is my preference. We have a large round … More Finest Leather Shot Bags for Sale now at Kingdom Metal Works
Here we are at the International MetalMeet in Oblong IL. We have the pleasure of being a part of a great group of individuals who not only enjoy everything metal, but enjoy being around each other and sharing their love for the artistic and technical side of metal shaping. Ron Covel, Trick Tools, Jerry Gulley … More Metal Shaping Demo at the 2019 MetalMeet in Oblong IL.
We have the privilege of teaching a 3 day metal shaping class here at Jim Hery’s fully equipped shop in Belfast TN. For years Will Cronkrite hosted the Redneck Roundup at his shop and now Jim has taken on the task going forward for a yearly metal meet allowing metal shapers from all over the USA … More Metal Shaping Class at Jim Hery’s Shop