I forged this so-called “Russian Rose” about a month ago while the temperature in my shop was still bearable. My son was taking a young adult literature class at college (he plans to be an English teacher). He had an assignment to write a “picture book” and chose to write about a visit to a blacksmith shop. I forged this rose as he interviewed me and took pictures of the process. It is forged from 1/4 inch round stock and was vigorously brushed with a brass brush while still at a black heat. I think it is my best one yet.

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By the way, Justin got an “A” both on the book and as a final grade in the class. Thanks for looking…bart

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