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Snail 2
Demonstration by Bill Epps.
April 17, 2000

Bill-Epps :

We're ready if you are. Tonight's demo was supposed to be the "Clayton's Knot", but Kiwi got busy and didn't get a chance to get it loaded, soo, we are going to do a Snail that I saw in Otto Schminler's Book. The directions were in German, but pics in English.

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About 3/4" to 1" is ideal. After the bark has been sanded down some.

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I made this one out of 1/2" square, but 5/8" or 3/4" will work too. This one is 1/2" X 3" long. Split 1 end and 1 1/2" back.

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After you make the split about 1 1/2" back, use a blunt nose punch at the end of split to get rid of potential cold shunt. Come to horn of the anvil and draw and round up one of the splits. This will make the body.

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The other side of the split, we are going to draw out to a long taper. Then we go to the other end and we will split 1/2 way down on all 4 sides w/ the splits meeting in the center.

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Now I clamp it in the vice and finish the split from the end. There again, at the end of the split, use a blunt nose chisel to forestay cold shunt and get rid of the sharp end of the cut.

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I round the top two tenicals leaving a little knot on the end for the eyes. The bottom two I don't draw quite as much.

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I heat this up, grab it in the vice and use an eye punch on the end where I left this knot for a couple of eyes. The bottom two I just round off a little bit.

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Now this back section that I had drawn out as long as I can get it, keeping it the same width, I roll up towards the head to make his shell.

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Now we will spread the bottom tenicals a little bit, bend his eyes just to give some personality, and I used a small punch slitting punch for the mouth which is placed in the center of the legs and eye tenicals. I round up the part that serves as the body.

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These pictures aren't the greatest, cause it was hard to scan this piece. Sorry.

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Anybody have any questions?

Scotsman :

cute little thing..does it sell well and for how much?

P-F :

that's cute Bill. Would it help to upset the center first?

Steve-C :

cool snail Bill how long does it take to make one

Bill-Epps :

These work real good if you make out of 3/4" square, about 8 " long, weld a piece of 3/16 round on the bottom about 3 foot long so you can stick in the ground and he will flop in the breeze.:)

Bill-Epps :

I make smaller ones that I add on to grapevine pot racks, also added them on to mirrors and some wine cellar doors. Steve, It takes about 20 minutes to make one out of 1/2".

edgonz :

Bill, could you explain a "cold shut

Bill-Epps :

Cold Shunt is a crack that occurs when you have a sharp end on a cut or you pinch the metal in a corner and it occurs during hammering. (And it always breaks right at the last operation it seems like just as you are ready to finish) I just hate to have "Plunks".

Ralph :

Steve at least to me a "plunk" is when on the last operation the dratted piece plunks off and hits the ground.... :(

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