Leaves leaves everywhere

The Balconette Railing – my 30ft uber ornamented section of the balcony railing at Lost Hollow – has a large number of quite detailed leaves in the design so I have been working on these most recently.

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As you can see from the marked-up design pic there are lots of different elements to the design and there are five leaf variations so I highlighted each variation with a different colour and then numbered them all.  I printed out all the blue leaves at full scale and worked on those, then moved on to the orange and green leaves etc.

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Within the design no two leaves are exactly alike so they are fun to make.   I try and keep my parts organised by using the same colour line around the printouts of the leaves that I used on the marked up design.  First I make measurements from the drawings, forge the component parts, then weld them together and finally clean up the welds – I use the angle grinder to remove what excess weld I can and then get the files out.  At this stage the pieces are treated like jewelry – careful work finishing with the needle files is the only way to go.