This ring handle is the prototype for a class taught by blacksmith Thomas Latané.
The following photo essay illustrates the steps for forging this ring handle.
Click on each image for a closer view and to read descriptions of the process.
Following the photo essay are examples of ring handles made by two of Tom’s students.
Thank you, Tom, for sharing this info through these fantastic images and instruction!
NOTE: In all the photos showing placement of tools or hammer blows, the metal would be hot during the work. Tom says, “I have given up trying to take pictures showing what I want while the metal is hot. The reader must use imagination.”
Find out more about Tom Latané here.