jmccustomknives
Early in my dabbling with blacksmithing I was shown how to do a Leaf FOB.  I spent many an hour making these as they are good practice for drawing, tapering and basic shaping.  They also teach hammer control. 

So we start out with suitable material, in this case I'm using about a 7/16" mild steel rod.

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Using a 3lb hammer I made a diamond shaped point. 

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Next, you can use the edge of your anvil or a bottom fuller to form the back of the leaf.

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After that I used a hot cut hardy and cut abour 2" behind the back of the leaf.

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Next starting with a 3lb hammer and ending with a 2lb hammer taper the "stem".

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Using a slightly modified ball peen hammer begin to shape the leaf by spreading it out.

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Finish the leaf with a flat faced hammer.

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If you'd like you can use a chisel to make veins in the leaf.

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Flip it over and use the ball peen to give the leaf some curve on a piece of wood.

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You can use a brass brush to give the piece some color.  Then use a pair of needle nose pliers to shape the stem.

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Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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Hank Rearden
Great bolt chisel. This is an excellent project for beginners. I plan to do a few hooks this weekend. Might go for some leaf work as well. I need to make a garden gate by vacation in July. I'll try your techniques and post them when I'm done. Thanks for the post.
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I'm pretty happy with the results of my leaf. I'll need to make a special vein tool. I used a regular chisel to vein but the cut was too sharp. I used 1/2 round to start my work. I didn't start with a point. I'll try that to see how it changes what I have to do to shape the leaf.


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I thought it would be beneficial if I had a few blunt veining tools that had different radius curves in them. I don't have any type of hold that could free up one of my hands to help hold the chisel. Wife wasn't interested in being a holding tool. LOL!!!!  


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I picked up two Diamond Joe 1942 hammer heads. The ball end is just that a ball about the size of a golf ball. The other end looks more like a striking end. It is well balanced for using as a regular hammer which is how I used it. I started with a 2 1/2 pound cross pein then my rounding hammer and finished with the Diamond Joe.

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I'll draw the end and scroll it next fire.
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jmccustomknives
Great first leaf!  Now you see why I made the bolt chisel.  Make a few of those and you can contour them to make a curved vein.  Another little trick is to use a pair of old vice grips to hold the leaf, that will make it easier to spin it for drawing out your stem.

Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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NorrinRadd
Nice tutorial jmc and great first leaf Hank. It actually looks like a leaf. My first leaf looked like a king cobra. I was so proud of it when I brought it inside I said "Look what I made honey!" and stuck it in my wife's face, she about lost her mind. When she caught her breath I realized how much it looked like a snake. Its hiding on top of the fridge now. [wink]
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Hank Rearden
Well I actually got a chance to forge between rains storms. I'm not sure if I'll use it for keys, shop apron or give it to my mom or dad. I'll post a description for pics later.

If you look closely at the leaf you'll see is split on one of the veins.

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I punched it then drilled it one my restored champion press. The auto feed allowed me to hold it as I cranked it. Drilled it like it was butter. 

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I rounded t each section then twisted in to shape with a pair of channel locks a small flat tongs.


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I drew the rod out about two inches from the base of the leaf. Then I flattened the rod and split it in two.


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Quick test mount. Works!

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jmccustomknives
I like the added twist of splitting and punching!

Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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NorrinRadd
Great wall hook Hank!
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