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I was offered the opportunity to restore a
floor lamp made by Flour City. I jumped at the
chance, because I knew that this company
often produced intellectual ironwork. Bingo!
A technical challenge was designed into this
lamp's construction.

I am going to conclude this text with a suggestion and three questions.
A Suggestion
Put this copy of the Fabricator on the table
in your break room. Then, ask the people you
work with for answers to the following:
Question #1
Photo #3: How was the pattern put in this
column? Once patterned, how was the column
formed and assembled?
Question #2

Photo #3
Photo #3. Notice the vertical column. How
was this made? The vertical column is not one
piece. Instead, it is two pieces of 3/16" x 1 and
3/4" soft steel.
There is not a length of pipe inside these
two strips of metal. Instead, the two pieces
are helical and the core is empty. If you position the lamp horizontally and look through
the bore, with the lighting apparatus removed,
what you see mimics the rifling in a gun barrel.
What keeps the two helical pieces positioned
next to each other are two small tack welds
on each end. That's it.

Photo #6: Look closely at the baluster tops, and
think about how they were forged. In particular,
the starter post with the four scroll termination.
Question #3

Photo #7: These three-piece elements
were also designed by Flour City. This work
can be found in the Basilica of Saint Mary
in Minneapolis. What you see in the photograph is not a part of the original metalwork,
but instead, new metal that was hand forged
to match the existing ironwork. Because the
existing ironwork consists of around 100 of
these three-piece groupings, the central vertical member was created with cast iron.
I suspect, based on Flour City's history of
layering concepts, and because the arms
on the scrolls are intellectual challenges,
that the central verticals (cast iron) were
patterned after forged iron originals. Artist,
blades smith and blacksmith, Keith Johnson,
hammered out the new metal you see in
the photograph.
How were the elements in the photograph
forged?
The Designer at Flour City was George B.
Melcher and the artist/blacksmith was Josef
Bernasek.
Melcher and Bernasek are challenging you,
as a fellow metalworker, as they challenged
Keith Johnson, to catch us if you can.
Do not contact me for process theories.
The intellectual challenges are in between
Melcher, Bernasek and you.

Good luck!
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of O&MM Fabricator - May/June 2018

President’s Letter
Letter From the Executive Director
NOMMA Network
NOMMA Education Foundation
Preparing for an OSHA Inspection
Intellectual Ironwork
Sealing Loops in Winter/cold Weather
Happy Employees Without the Headaches
Supplier Members
New NOMMA Members & Iron Club Members
Gold Members
Take a Stroll Down Memory Lane – Top Job Awards Over the Years
Index of Advertisers
O&MM Fabricator - May/June 2018 - Intro
O&MM Fabricator - May/June 2018 - bellyband1
O&MM Fabricator - May/June 2018 - bellyband2
O&MM Fabricator - May/June 2018 - cover1
O&MM Fabricator - May/June 2018 - cover2
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O&MM Fabricator - May/June 2018 - 8
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O&MM Fabricator - May/June 2018 - 10
O&MM Fabricator - May/June 2018 - President’s Letter
O&MM Fabricator - May/June 2018 - 12
O&MM Fabricator - May/June 2018 - Letter From the Executive Director
O&MM Fabricator - May/June 2018 - 14
O&MM Fabricator - May/June 2018 - NOMMA Network
O&MM Fabricator - May/June 2018 - 16
O&MM Fabricator - May/June 2018 - 17
O&MM Fabricator - May/June 2018 - NOMMA Education Foundation
O&MM Fabricator - May/June 2018 - 19
O&MM Fabricator - May/June 2018 - 20
O&MM Fabricator - May/June 2018 - 21
O&MM Fabricator - May/June 2018 - Preparing for an OSHA Inspection
O&MM Fabricator - May/June 2018 - 23
O&MM Fabricator - May/June 2018 - 24
O&MM Fabricator - May/June 2018 - 25
O&MM Fabricator - May/June 2018 - 26
O&MM Fabricator - May/June 2018 - 27
O&MM Fabricator - May/June 2018 - Intellectual Ironwork
O&MM Fabricator - May/June 2018 - 29
O&MM Fabricator - May/June 2018 - 30
O&MM Fabricator - May/June 2018 - 31
O&MM Fabricator - May/June 2018 - Sealing Loops in Winter/cold Weather
O&MM Fabricator - May/June 2018 - 33
O&MM Fabricator - May/June 2018 - Happy Employees Without the Headaches
O&MM Fabricator - May/June 2018 - 35
O&MM Fabricator - May/June 2018 - 36
O&MM Fabricator - May/June 2018 - 37
O&MM Fabricator - May/June 2018 - 38
O&MM Fabricator - May/June 2018 - Supplier Members
O&MM Fabricator - May/June 2018 - 40
O&MM Fabricator - May/June 2018 - New NOMMA Members & Iron Club Members
O&MM Fabricator - May/June 2018 - 42
O&MM Fabricator - May/June 2018 - Gold Members
O&MM Fabricator - May/June 2018 - Take a Stroll Down Memory Lane – Top Job Awards Over the Years
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O&MM Fabricator - May/June 2018 - 46
O&MM Fabricator - May/June 2018 - 47
O&MM Fabricator - May/June 2018 - 48
O&MM Fabricator - May/June 2018 - Index of Advertisers
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