Horseshoe Trivets

A local farrier dropped off a big pile of used horseshoes and I’ve been putting them to good use.

Trivets are perfect as a pot stand for cooking over an open fire but they find many other uses such as stands for pot plants.

I’ve been making them in 2 main versions: with plain legs and with forged legs (which are designed to increase the surface area of the feet to stop the trivet sinking into softer ground and I suppose to look great as well :-)

Horseshoe trivets

Horseshoe trivets

Horseshoe trivets - detail

Horseshoe trivets - detail

Horseshoe trivet with forged legs

Horseshoe trivet with forged legs

Horseshoe trivet with forged legs - detail

Horseshoe trivet with forged legs - detail

 

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2 Responses to Horseshoe Trivets

  1. Kierkkadon says:

    How do you go about welding the legs to the shoes? That seems like an awkward angle for fire welding, and I’d like to know how you do it.

    It may help to keep in mind that I am incredibly new to forging, so maybe it’s obvious to an experienced smith.

    • admin says:

      I was welding on a metal plate and clamped a length of brass pipe at roughly the right angle. I had to unclamp and remove it for each leg but I used the first welded leg to set it back at the same angle.

      As long as you’re close to the right angle it looks fine. You can also adjust the round legs slightly by sticking them through the pritchel hole on the anvil and bending it.

      With the fancy legs I just bent a piece of scrap metal (off an old olive oil can) into a square U shape and used that.

      With welding I often find that the biggest (and most frustrating) challenge is holding the work in place!

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