As a blacksmith, we work with steel as our preferred choice of material, but sometimes it’s a good exercise to mix it up alittle, and thats exactly what we’ve been given with our current project.
The project on the go right now is to make bins that will be going beside our railings in Stanley park! But not just anything will do, the order was to make the sides of the bin out of 1/8″ thick brass! This has been a real exciting step out of our comfort zone from the preferred typical steel. Not only are we to make it out of brass, but we wanted a nice textured surface! This means we need to hammer it alot, like a million times, literally! As it turns out the sheets of brass have a very high acoustic value to them (like a drum cymbal) when hit with a hammer. Typically we are pretty use to loud noises, but this brings it to a whole new level. For us in the shop its ear protection upon ear protection, even that doesn’t cut out all the noise, just rolls the edge off to keep headaches away! But the real hardship is for our kind and generous neighbors who have to put up with all this racket! We’ve worked out a schedule so that everybody can handle the annoyance, but I’m sure everybody, including me, will be happy when all the texturing of the brass is finished!