During a workshop I taught in September I started a vessel inspired off of a silver bull head cup, it was a 10 day workshop and we covered a lot of techniques and projects. This was the first workshop where I made a piece for the sake of explaining/exploring a point (due to the time we had it was possible). Looking back I should have chosen an easier project as it was challenging enough with out having to make it live in front of an audience on top of teaching and doing other demo's. But it is plain as day I wouldn't have been able to tackle such an ambitious educational project like the bull cup with out the support of my friends and educators. Yesterday I finally made time to finish the cup. I'm still thinking on patina choices but the shaping is completed. There's always things I would go back and change, each project brings with it enough lessons that by the time I finish the piece I want to start over again. These moments are too easily looked at as discouraging but I celebrate the opportunity for these lessons as I'll carry them with me always. I'm still very happy with the cup!
Works in progress, updates, studies, new/trail gear
Used an castaway 18ga circuit board to raise a 3 inch tall frog. It was a charming little guy and I hope to make more deep relief frogs in the future. I only have a few photo's of the annealing process where you heat the copper to cherry red and fast quench it to soften the metal to prepare it for further shaping, but through out it's build I probably annealed it 20-30 times. And every time I needed to anneal I had to melt out the pitch again. This style of high relief with dramatic undercuts is becoming a fast favorite despite how laborious it is.
The finished Lion's grande unvailing to the public will be presented at the California Blacksmithing Associations (CBA) Spring Conference April 28-May 1, 2016 in beautiful Ferndale, Ca.
It's going to be a great time! Register for the conference here at: http://www.calsmith.org/CBA-Events
If you'd like to see it in person or share some time with me I'll see you there!
This was a fairly quick sugar loaf great helm I made in 2015, made new tooling for the hand made brass rivets. Helm was made from 12ga steel, the visor was 3/16ths thick mild steel. Pretty happy with it. Did a co-op for the grill on this one. A local guy who offers laser cut face plates and grills did a custom for the client, I cleaned it up and did some minimal carving and chasing. His contact information here: email@example.com or here: https://www.facebook.com/Temple-Battle-Works-435858369920884/
This helm was started in the very end of 2014, to see the dome raised from a single piece of 3/16ths plate visit my earlier blog here: http://douglaspryor.com/blog/2015/1/6/the-challenges-of-raising-a-helm-from-a-single-sheet-of-steel
The helm is complete and fuctional...having said that I'm now working on it's 3rd visor. It has the divers grill, the octopus grotesque, and a clean fluted Maximilian style visor.
The chasing on this helm was fairly involved, and the suction cups took...a minute...If you're going to do something, go all the way. At least the best you can.
I must have listened to the entire collection of Dan Carlin's Hardcore History podcasts twice over during this helms construction.
There should be an artistic documentary about this helm coming out in the next few months. I had a very talented camera man following me through the whole process. Things to look forward to! :)
The locking pin springs are made from tempered 4130 spring.
Preview to the intermediate/advanced project in my up coming workshop! More info at: http://douglaspryor.com/classesdemos/
email us at Hesseniron@gmail.com
It's that time of year again! This time our workshop projects pay homage to Negroli and various helm decorations and parade armour through history. I designed this lesson plan to directly complement the Face Sculpture Workshop Hessen Iron Works and I put on last year, but if you missed last year fear not! This class stands strongly on it's own and has no per-requisite! Perfect for any metal worker looking to step up their game.
So Join us at Hesson Iron Works for an adventurous four day long critical examination of repousse and chasing in steels from gauges 18-12. Our study will consist of a few projects ranging in difficulty of design and technique. This class will focus on all the good stuff: control, consistency, pitch management, hammer technique, chisel design, how decorative designs can effect the integrity of armour and how to plan around them. Our subject this time will be on human hair and how past master armourers and artisans have chosen to represent hair in their work. Human hair can be quite difficult, it can range from the simple shallow curl to complex woven locket with deep undercuts. I've really been looking forward to this class and cannot wait to spend some one on one time sharing it with you!
- 16 chasing chisels
- 2 hammer sizes
- 8 inch diameter pitch bowl with medium pitch
All tooling and pitch will be provided! All the chisels are forged by Steve off a master copy of my own tools I made just for this event. And of course if you have that special hammer or chisel that only you know the secret handshake to you're of course welcome to bring them!
Dates, Times, and Sign ups:
Class starts on a Friday afternoon at 1 pm on March 11th to Sunday at 5pm on March the 13th. All projects are designed to be easily completed in this amount of time. The advanced project is ambitious! hahaha but very doable! We're going to start early! So bring your game face! I'll have coffee and sugar waiting for those in need!
Hours: We'll be tapping away from 8:30am- 5:00pm. We break mid day for lunch! Armies run off their stomachs after all!
Price: $400 for the 2 1/2 days, deposits can be accepted by Steve at Hessoniron@gmail.com. We work with all budgets so let us know your needs.
Location: Hessen Iron Works, 3230 S Dodge Blvd, Unit #6, Tucson, AZ 85713 There's lots of parking and great local food!
Want to know more? Shoot us an email! Hesseniron@gmail.com
For a while now I've been collecting some captures of past clients using the items I made them. This post is a celebration of these people chasing their dreams. It is my continued pleasure to be a part of their story.
On this beautiful blue planet there are some exceptionally generous, encouraging, down right good people. It has been my extreme good fortune to be supported by and befriend quite a few of these individuals. I'd like to take a moment and offer my thanks for your continued support, please accept my humble gratitude, with out you I would have nothing but these hands. You make my work possible. With a glass raised I celebrate your kindness and your vision, thank you for your drive and heart. May you find joy and adventure in your every step.
P.s.- One of my favorite things is to see people using the things I make! Alas, I only have so many of these photo's, so you want to share your adventures with me send some photo's! To this address! : Pryorarmour@gmail.com
Friend of mine needed a replacement Do (Japanese breastplate) after his armour was stolen. This is what we came up with. Still need to do a final patina but overall happy with what we could do in such a short amount of time.
Some video's of a little of the work that went into this.