NJBA Meet At Bruce Ringiers
May 15 2005

Tim Suter's Demonstration


On Sunday, May 15th Tim Suter gave a "Serendipity Tool Demonstration" on Shop setup, tooling and techniques, Treadle Hammer Tooling and his Air Powered Treadle Hammer.
Tim started by describing his layout table which is 1/2" x 36" x 48" steel plate mounted on a machinist cabinet that has a 3" edge that allows the use of clamps around the edge and has a hardie hole in two of the corners. The hardie holes can be used to hold a vise, bending fork or other anvil tools. The 1/2" plate allows for temporary welding of tools for clamping and bending to the table that can be cut off afterwards and the welds ground off. For heavy hammering he uses a 1" x 12" x 12" plate on the table.
Tim Suter

He next described his "Anvil Buddy" which is a small stand to hold a few tools you are using for the job at hand. The stand is light and easily moved out of the way. He had built a larger stand but it got so heavy it now holds tools not used right now in the corner. The anvil buddy is the same height as the layout table and the chop saw so it can be used as an extension.

Tims hold down,
Photo by Roger Dixon

He uses a 250# anvil on a stand made from 1/2" plate cut to the shape of the anvil base which is welded to a section of salvaged oxygen cylinder cut to the correct length and in turn welded to a piece of 1/2" x 18" x 18" plate with three pieces of 3/16" x 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" under the base to allow it to sit evenly on the floor. The anvil is bolted down securely with a piece of rubber under it. This gives a quiet stable base that you can stand next to. Tim uses a hold down tool that goes through the hardy hole and that connects with a chain to a foot pedal.
Tims Hammer,
Photo by Roger Dixon



Tim encourages anyone who does not know how to weld to learn how as it opens up a world or possibilities as far as jigs and tooling.

Tim uses a gas forge, "NC Whisper Daddy", a 3 burner forge that he has modified so that each burner may be controlled separately.

His swadge block is set on a stand so that the top is even with the anvil face whether it is in the vertical or horizontal position. Tim showed a sinking or dishing die that was made from the bottom of an oxygen cylinder. He then talked about various tools and his preferences such as having different hammers for forging and striking tools, gas pliers converted to tongs, a homemade rivet cutter and his smithing magician and the dies he has made.


Tim Suters swadges and
power hammer tools

Tim then demonstrated techniques he uses on his air or foot powered treadle hammer. He showed various swadges and texturing dies and the way he uses them. Dick Sargent followed Tim and showed a tool he uses for helping to hold and get more leverage with a hand power drill. He then showed a antique finial and a version made with modern materials. Then he demonstrated making a new one showing the fullering dies he had made and a tool for spreading the sides of the finial.


Dick Sargent's Finial,
Photo by Roger Dixon


Dick Sargent's taper tool,
Photo by Roger Dixon


Finial Parts,
Photo by Roger Dixon


Dick Sargent's taper tool,
Photo by Roger Dixon

Tom Ryan demonstrated next and although I missed it I was told he forged some heavy stock on Bruce's Bradley helve Hammer and demonstrated making some "U" shaped pieces from heavy flat stock.

Many thanks to Bruce Ringier for the efforts he put into this event and for opening his shop to us.


Tim's tooling

Swadge with mount on
treadle/power hammer

Smithing Magician with dies

Tenon tools

Treadel/power hammer tools



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