24/35 A-6 - Heating underside prior tp bending into shape           Return to MSR&LHA Home page

(Also see the next photo) The thickness of the bar required heating from alternating sides. Heating from only one side would have lead to severe scorching of the metal on the side facing the torch before the far side had absorbed enough heat to be forged. The technique was to switch sides every ten seconds or so, back and forth. The torch needed to be kept moving constantly to prevent spot melting.

Photo by Bill Liebman
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