Dulfermetal specializing in custom traditional and contemporary ironwork and blacksmith products.
Owned by master blacksmith Steve Dulfer Since 2001, Located in Santa fe, New Mexico.

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 Just in time for spring planting, we're rolling out the Santa Fe Broadfork--one of the handiest tools you'll ever use for turning and aerating garden beds.  Nearly as effective as a roto-tiller, it uses no fossil fuels and costs a tenth as much!  

 I had the good fortune to use a competitor's broadfork a few years ago, and I was both amazed with its performance and shocked at how expensive it was ($150 and up).  Naturally, I decided to make my own.  Then, following my interests in agriculture, sustainability, and local economy, I decided to make them for everybody else.  And at half the price of my competitors.  After two seasons of prototyping, it's available on the website!

 The design features all steel construction for simplicity and durability, and has 48" handles for good leverage.  Four hardened tines turn a 15" row 10" deep.  In a couple of weeks, I'll be rolling out a five-tine fork that will turn a 20" row.  Both will be offered with a one-year warranty.

My cool season crops are already in the ground, and I'm getting ready to prepare some new beds with my fork.  Happy gardening!

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Recently, after getting snowed on for an hour and a half  while waiting for my coal forge to get hot, I decided I'd better get a more efficient blower for the air.  My friend Ward, also a blacksmith, sold me a Champion No. 50 for $35.  Champion is famous among smiths for their No. 400 hand-cranked blower, but this is an early electric one.  It turned out to be pretty thoroughly worn out, and I had to take it completely apart.  

As usual, I was fascinated by this technological time capsule. I recognized all the arcane parts of the motor-commutator, armature, windings, brushes, stator.  And I marveled at how the archaic raw materials were still sound after 90 years.  There were wood spacers in the armature. The wires were insulated with woven cotton and shellac, which is essentially boiled-down beetle wings.  I could replicate the simple bronze bearings on my lathe if I had to.  It took me about 10 hours to deal with everything, making a $35 machine into a $600 one.  Sigh.

Dealing with years of dirt, neglect, and the utter absence of replacement parts is a challenge I always regret at some point in the restoration process.  It's balanced out, though, by the amazement and elation I felt when, inert for decades, my Champion finally whirred to life!  

Of course, it probably won't snow again this winter...

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