William J. Bastas


 

The "Screen Saver" Grill

Detail of riveted joints, collars are forge welded in place

 

 

Scroll detail - note extensive use of forge welding

 

 "FIREWORK"

 

 School Grill

 

This grill is an assignment in the basic blacksmithing class (WLDG 2433 METALSMITHING) I teach at Austin Community College.  I deliberately incorporate a multitude of forging and joining techniques to provide my students with broad exposure to these techniques.  Every time I teach this class, I make a grill of my own in the process of  demonstrating all the techniques to the students.

 

This panel is made from 12 of my own school grills and was photographed while on display at an ACC faculty art show at the Dougherty Arts Center in Austin.  On the right is a close-up of the base of the stand...heavily forged massive steel!