Joe Meineke

Projects

DIY Campfire Poker & Dutch Oven Lid Lifter

I’m gearing up for a camping trip with a Priest friend, my brother and my nephew.  I’ve been wanting to make a  fire poker for some time now for use in our backyard and this was the motivation I needed to get it done. One of the things I’ve wanted to try while camping is [...]

A Pair of Hearts ~ Custom Wedding Gifts

Today I completed a custom order for a wedding – gifts for the bride & groom’s Mothers! I am sure that the moms will appreciate the thoughtfulness of this loving couple going out of their way to commission special pieces for them. It was a pleasure to make these items, and I pray that they [...]

Copper Cross

Here’s my latest project – a wood textured 100% copper cross.  I love the wonderful colors you can tease out of copper with a torch! To join the arms to the main beam, I half-lapped the joints and then, using an oxy/mapp torch, fused them together and then put some decorative copper bands on the [...]

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Stainless Steel & Sterling Silver Rosary

I just put my latest creation up for sale on Etsy.  I have to say, this was one of the more challenging rosaries that I’ve done so far due to the fact that Stainless Steel is very difficult to drill.  I think I went through about 10 solid tungsten-carbide drill bits making these beads, but [...]

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Anvil Restoration & Repair

One of my very first anvil restorations involved an old “King Howard” (most likely Hay Budden as it was made in Brooklyn, NY) anvil.  As you can see in the photos, half of the tool steel plate is missing (nearly all anvils made in America were a cast or wrought iron body with a hard [...]

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Copper Heart Paperweight

Some time ago I was contacted by a friend on Etsy, (see her shop, “nottoto,” by clicking here), who asked me if I could create a small custom item for her Aunt.  She decided she wanted a heart mounted on a metal base. I know she had originally envisioned me making something out of solid [...]

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Copper Rondelles

A couple of days ago I was contacted by a craftswoman on Etsy who asked me if I ever made copper rondelles.  Nope..  Never..  I told her that I am not set up to make them. Later, I started thinking about it – why couldn’t I?  Isn’t a rondelle just a flattened sphere?  So out [...]

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New Beads ~ Sterling Silver Brazed Copper

I’ve been experimenting with a new bead design incorporating Sterling Silver in my hand made copper beads.  So far I am pleased with the results. Prior to forging them into their final shape, I braze on solid sterling silver wire on random areas of the bead and then, following another good cleaning / de-scaling,  texture [...]

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The Old Rugged (iron) Cross

These crosses make very nice gifts and are fun to make too.  I use 1/2″ mild-steel bar stock for these crosses and 1020 steel bases. One fun fact about these crosses is what’s inside!  I first drill a 5/16″ hole in the bottom of the cross to a depth of about 3/4″.  I then fill [...]

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A Bench for the Wife

This is a project I completed last summer for my wife.  She wanted a simple bench that we could use at our kitchen table to accommodate our growing family. My inspiration for this design came in part from a highly skilled professional blacksmith, Jeff Gawell, who owns The Forge at Cedar Hill. His spiral staircase rails are [...]

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