THE BRONCO BRAND BIRCH PROJECT FOR RANCHO SANTA FE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
These photos chronicle the creation of the Bronco Brand Birch, which is being made specially for Karen's Garden at Rancho Santa Fe Elementary School by sculptor Kevin Caron. Enjoy!
Artist Kevin Caron is stirring the coal to get the fire hot.
Now that the fire is hot, Kevin puts in the square stock. As it gets red hot, he is able to shape, cut and weld it.
Here Kevin is shaping and forge-welding a piece into a circle.
Once a piece of stock is red hot, Kevin can cut it off by putting it on a chisel point (the chisel is secured in the anvil) and striking it with a hammer. He can also not cut it all the way through, creasing it to make it easier to bend at angles (instead of a smooth bend).
If the fire gets too hot, it burns up the coal too fast. Here Kevin cools down the fire by dipping a can with holes in its bottom in a bucket of water, then dribbling the water on the coal.
Kevin keeps copies of students' designs on his work table so he can make sure he is recreating them as faithfully as possible.
Mrs. Schuur stops by the studio to drop off more brand designs.
We hope you enjoyed these photos. See more forge photos from another project by clicking here.
To see the finished Bronco Brand Birch, click here.