The next project was a poker end demonstrating an interesting forge weld. The end is made by folding one piece of stock back on itself and scarfing the end. The other piece is upset and scarfed and then welded to the first piece. Excess stock was then cut off and the ends forged to shape. This is stronger than looping the stock and welding as it gives more material and the weld is in a different plane to the stresses.
Tip from the demo:
Bursting sparks in the forge flame help indicate welding temperature. Hit lightly when welding and untill weld is complete, then work hot untill work is defined. Layers of different color paint give a layered effect. Try "Hammerite Paint" for an interested effect on tools, etc. Clean work in white vinegar with a little salt added, soak untill clean then wash in hot water and dry quickly. Jonathan used a blunt cut off hardy which worked very well.
Many thanks to Tim, from all, for his efforts in hosting this event.