Bob makes a complete range of wrought iron goods. These include gates, railings, beds, chairs, tables, fire baskets, rose arches, tools for all sorts of trades, companion sets and pokers, curtain rails and objets d’art.
To accomplish this Bob buys steel, which is man handled from his house to the workshop as no deliveries can be made there. He cuts this to the design. Heat is applied to between 1800 and 2000 degrees Fahrenheit so that it can be forged under the hammer to create the wrought iron goods that he sells. He also welds with MIG MMA and gas. Most other metal working skills are within his capacity. His fire, which runs on coke, works at up to 4000 degrees Fahrenheit.
Bob tries to promote the blacksmithing trade by talking to the public and especially children. He demonstrates and gives talks. He has trained apprentices, coached students and has helped school children with work experience.
“As great Pythagoras of yore, Standing beside the blacksmith's door, And hearing the hammers, as they smote The anvils with a different note, Stole from the varying tones, that hung Vibrant on every iron tongue, The secret of the sounding wire, And formed the seven-chorded lyre."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, To a Child, line 175