A chest handle for your tool chest or small box, is a great first blacksmithing project. You can practice bench skills as well as forging skills while you learn how to make a consistent design that doesn’t require great precision. Master blacksmith Peter Ross shows you step-by-step how to cut a plate and punch holes, forge a bail and posts, assemble, adjust and much more! Once you learn to create this piece, you can easily make handles of various sizes and add design variations.
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Peter Ross was introduced to blacksmith work while in high school, then attended the Rhode Island School of Design. After his schooling, Ross worked under Dick Everett, an accomplished smith specializing in the reproduction of 18th century work. In 1979 Ross became a journeyman blacksmith at Colonial Williamsburg, and three years later was made master of the shop. For the next 25 years Ross studied surviving artifacts and worked to re-discover forgotten historic methods. Today, Ross operates his own company making holdfasts, compasses and other tools for woodworkers.
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