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Building a water wheel driven early C18th Tilt Forge and blowing engine

Posted on June 11th, 2012 by Patty Sturman


My hobbies are  Dolls houses and making miniatures. I also enjoy listening to and playing the organ, music, art and I have always been awestruck by large machinery.

In making my own miniatures I have also involved my other hobbies and pleasures!

Life in miniature has always fascinated me, as a child of 7 years I had a dolls house, it constantly annoyed me that the furniture couldn’t be re-arranged because it was printed on the wallpaper!

I have been making miniatures since the 1980s. I have had a web site since 2010 showing some of the many items I have made.


The first miniature I ever made was a little wind up gramophone and I must have made over a hundred more items since!

My motto……….

Dolls houses and miniatures are very addictive before finishing the current one, ……… we make plans for our next!!….and so on!!

I have built from kit The Country Store and The  Stratford Bakery from Dolls House Emporium. I have made around 98% of the miniatures in both houses.

In 2007 I started designing and building from scratch my biggest and most
complex project to date, an early 18th century Tilt forge with a water wheel.

Using as a guide, photos I took of a local industrial hamlet.

The building is made from MDF and I  made all the machinery, (water wheel, tilt hammers, drive shaft, blowing engine for the hearth, cam rings, guillotine and gear wheels) is all made from balsa wood an estimated 900 pieces cut!!

I knew this forge was going to be my last project because I have had Macular degeneration for some years and my sight was getting worse.

I eventually had to stop making my miniatures in late 2010 ……..poor eyesight and sharp craft knives don’t mix!  Not to worry, I am positive!! I still have my houses and my miniatures, I keep looking in the DHE forum.

My website keeps me busy, my husband  taught me HTML so I can program it myself.
In my blog I will show photographic stages and brief explanations  of building my tilt forge and the help I had from my little Forgemaster and heater lad …….in exchange for a miniature pint of ale!



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