However, I put my blacksmithing skills to work, at least for my mother's present. I would like to take this opportunity to share it with the world out of vanity and useless pride (although it looks pretty fine in my opinion!). A plant hanger hook is what I designed and made for my dear mother!
I am super pleased with the way the finial came out. It was an experiment with tapering and scrolling, and I love it. I hope my mom loves it too, because I made it for her and I love her.
The whole thing sits against a board with the long flat part facing downwards, being screwed into the post that way. Then, you can hang a flower basket, deer carcass, hat, or anything you choose on it.
I was really excited about this project, and I made sure it was really nice. I used my magic solution (vinegar) to remove the scale and the rust and then used a twisted wire cup attachment on a cordless drill to shine it up. It will be primed and painted after Christmas so that it can be used outdoors.
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!
Oh wait, I forgot MY Christmas List!
12 tons of smithing coal,
11 pairs of blacksmith tongs,
10 Lords a' leaping,
9 Mousehole Anvils
8 Punches of all sizes
7 cut-off hardies
6 geese on a spit that I forged
5 monster German Double Horn Anvils!!!!!
4 post vises
3 cone mandrels
2 Wally Yaters Swage Blocks (A and B)
And a brand spankin' new Smithy!
Merry Christmas, dear reader!