Forged Flat Bar Rose

Examples of Forged Roses
rose made by me

Olson Ironworks

Forging a Rose from a Single Bar

For sometime I've been searching for instructions on how to forge a rose from a single flat bar. I knew it had been done, but not how to do it. Eureka!!! I finally found it, after numerous Google searches, on the website for Northwest Blacksmith's Association (guess I need to renew my membership that I'd previously let lapse). I found the article, a beautiful PDF format article complete with color photos on their site. It was written by Steve McGrew of Incadescent Ironworks and the real surprise was that it was based on a class by Gordon Williams, one of my first blacksmithing teachers.

    Gee Mom, look what else I've found!

"One thing to remember is to talk to the animals. If you do, they will talk back to you. But if you don't talk to the animals, they won't talk back to you, then you won't understand, and when you don't understand you will fear, and when you fear you will destroy the animals, and if you destroy the animals, you will destroy yourself." -- Chief Dan George

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