Wine Barrel Chandeliers for Escape brewing | How-To

This is my second commissioned project for Escape Brewing. The first project build video is posted as "Industrial wall sconces for Escape Brewery"

This was actually a very fun build, and the video does little justice to the size of these things--Wine barrels are huge! Way larger than a standard bourbon barrel. And my shop smelled incredible when I broke it open. 

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Tools & Bulb Used:
Dewalt XR 20V Drill
Dewalt 4 1/2 Angle Grinder
Lincoln Electric 140C Mig welder
Dewalt DW862 Cold Saw
Swanson Speed Square
Bulb - Grand nostalgic spiral

Songs in the video:
1. Sul Rebel - Rebel Blues
2. Trevor Flowers and Iheka Chama - Homeland.mp3

Industrial wall sconces for Escape Brewing | How-To

Alright, about time I got this video posted! I built these sconces for Escape Brewing in Trinity Florida about a month ago,, but I wanted to hold off until they were installed. I'm also doing some hanging wooden keg chandeliers for them(which should be up in the next week or two)

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Materials Used:

Dewalt DW862 Cold Saw
Dewalt 4 1/2 Angle Grinder
Lincoln Electric 140C Mig welder
Swanson Speed Square
Throatless Shear
Bessey Auto adjust toggle clamp
Wiss Aviation Snips
Rockwell 14" bandsaw
DEWALT DW734 Planer
Dewalt Trigger clamp
Dewalt 20V XR Brushless Drill
Dewalt 20V Jigsaw
Dremel 4000

General Finishes Antique walnut gel stain
General Finishes Candlelight gel stain

Sculpt Nouveau - Black Magic
Minwax gloss brushing lacquer

Bulb & Fixture
T9 light bulb   
Low surface light socket

1. "Gone Away" by Cullah
2. Quarante-Cinq" by Les_Oreilles
3."Calabazar_de_Sagua" by Gnawledge

Hammer Time | Blog

(Prepare yourselves for a bit of a ramble..)

Well, transitioning into--crafting full-time has made for an interesting month. One of my first commissioned projects involved designing & fabricating wall sconces for a local brewery. We settled on a medieval'ish theme which will also incorporate cues from the old steel banded wooden kegs.

I would be hesitant to call myself anything more than an amateur blacksmith, but it's definitely a craft I plan on delving into further.

Anyway, part of my vision(this word makes me feel snooty) relied upon blacksmith nails, the creation of which require a few specialized tools--namely a cutting hardy & a nail header. Many if not most blacksmiths may find it curious that I would order these tools as opposed to forging them myself.  which led me down an interesting train of thought.

I used to teach guitar & sell instruments, and many times I would encounter enthusiastic people trying to learn on the cheapest instrument money could buy. The problem is many of these cheap instruments or hand-me-downs were simply unplayable--the strings were so high off the fingerboard they(or I) couldn't depress them adequately to make a note, they wouldn't stay in tune, etc. The point is this: I found that despite their enthusiasm, and good intentions, often times people set themselves up for failure before they even get started. I'm not saying they should have gone out and purchased a custom shop Les Paul(a top tier guitar), but rather something that offers value, and rewards their effort.

Yes, I could have made these tools myself, but I also understand my limitations, and I know the results & positive reinforcement I would get from using proper tools would help kindle my blacksmithing experience. Were I to have made the tools myself (with my current blacksmithing skillset) the process of forging nails would certainly have been more frustrating, and less encouraging.

I remember when I bought my first hand plane, I decided to purchase a new plane which was in guaranteed working order, as opposed to buying and restoring an old plane(which is arguably a much better deal). The reason being, without the firsthand experience of using a properly set-up plane, how was I to know how to restore one to proper working order. I have since acquired & restored a hand full of vintage planes.

This blog is more of a ramble than a coherent presentation. I suppose if there is a point I'm trying to make it's this: Don't sell yourself short. Whatever it is you do; building, painting, singing, cooking, etc. Conventions aside, it is in your best interest to do whatever you feel is necessary to create the positive reinforcement that will encourage your progress.