Monday, December 6, 2010


Odd title for a posting, but it is apropos. It was sunny outside today, and not too cold, which gave me an opportunity to begin work on making a stump for metal working. Do to circumstances, I have to work outside to do any major wood sawing. If the weather stays reasonably warm, I may be able to finish the sawing tomorrow. Then I can move inside to complete the construction.

The stump is sort of modeled after John de Rosier's stump. Go to his blog, "The Jeweler's Files," to see the one he's made, and also to see his studio set-up and some elegant jewelry. The man does exquisite work. My stump won't be as large, and certainly not as nice looking. But it will be adequate for my needs. It will need to be small enough to fit behind a partially closed door as I have pretty tight quarters in which to work. When finished, it means I can beat on metal inside where it's warm, and not out in the garage where it's a bit chilly around the edges. The rolling mill and shear will have stay put out there but that's not too much of a sacrifice.


  1. John: One suggestion that you have probably thought of already, but I can't help mentioning: if your rolling mill is in the garage, keep those rollers oiled! Wipe it down before you use it, then re-oil afterwards. It doesn't take much humidity and then oxidation to transform a nice rolling mill into something that could make a grown man cry (at least this one!).

    One other note: After reading your post, I went looking all over my blog, asking myself, "Where do I have my stump on my blog?" After a few minutes of being stumped ;>), I realized it's in the banner at the very top of my blog. Doh! For more shots of it, go to my Flickr photostream and click the set on the right hand side that says "stump".

  2. I would truly be remiss if I did not offer a hearty "thank you" for such kind and generous words, John. Let me say I'm enjoying following your explorations in this satisfying endeavor!

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  4. Thanks, John. That's a great tip about the rolling mill and I do just as you suggested. I also keep it covered.