Jonathan Nedbor Meet on Oct 14th

Jonathan Nedbor
Meet on Oct 14th

Report by Larry Brown, pictures by Larry Brown and Bill Futer
On Saturday October 14th NJBA hosted a demonstration by Jonathan Nedbor of High Falls, NY at the shop on Marshalls Farm. The weather was good and we had a turn out of about 25 members. Jonathan started by discussing old iron work and the rediscovery of the techniques used to make it. By understanding the technique you can try to determine the region of Europe the smith was from. He discussed how the transition of mass is important in setting up your forging work, especially in relation
More abrupt changes in mass give a sharper corner when forging out the hinge.


Less abrupt changes in mass give a more rounded corner

to making hinges. By forging sections of the bar thicker and thinner, you can then go back and forge the thick areas wider and the thinner areas less to create the different sections of the hinge. Next he

discussed some of the old hardware he has collected and some of the pieces he brought to show. He had one hinge still attached to a piece of the door showing how many times a large flat head rivet was used to hold the hinge to the door using the first hole in the hinge. This would hold the hinge securely to the door and the rest of the nails going through the hinge would hold the hinge straight and hold the door together. Next he made a moustache hinge from 1/4" x 1", tapering the end for about 3 1/2" then splitting partway
from the front with the slitting chisel and then shearing it open using the leg vise to hold the
piece along the slit line. He then cut off the piece 1 3/4" from the end of the split and tapered the end so that it was 2 1/4" long. The split ends were then worked out over the horn and then on the face hitting the back side of the hinge to spread. Work the outsides of the hinge to form the ends. He showed two styles of eyes for Dutch hinges, neither of them welded. one is rolled to a short taper butt end and the other tapered more so it rolls around inside behind the pintle.

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Tapered Hinge Eye

Butt Hinge Eye

Pear     Apple
He then showed a pintle he had that showed how the smith who forged the pintle did so

in such a way as to have the elbow end stick out a little past the shaft of the pintle, strengthening it and giving a surface to hammer on so as not to bend the pintle. He bent the rod to about 60 deg. , then cooled the end and hit it to upset the elbow in the corner as the bend was formed. He then put a convenience bend in the shaft to allow for easier rounding of the pintle section. After rounding the shaft was straightened and the corner was drawn out a little. One pintle should be a little taller than the other to make it easier to hang the door. He showed two decorative ends, a pear and an apple, one a little taller than the other. He says he doesn't finish his work and that he uses a vinegar and salt mixture to pickle the work clean and then tells customer they are responsible for painting immediately to prevent rusting.

Josh Kavett's Fisher-
Norris Anvil Museum

After Jonathan finished the morning part of his demonstration, we mover up the road to Josh Kavett's, where he has build a new building to house the Fisher Norris Anvil Museum.

I can't explain how many Fisher Norris items are in the museum, but he has anvils of almost every size and type that they produced. He has the dual screw leg vises they made and the patterns they used to produce the items. All I can say that the museum is amazing without getting into the fire engines and other items he has there. If you are interested in the museum contact Larry Brown for Josh's contact information.

Phots by Tom Majewsky

Josh Kavett's Fisher Norris Museum