I enjoyed making this Ukrainian trident -- also known as a tryzub -- for a friend.
Working from an outline drawing of a very traditional tryzub, I tweaked the trident’s overall shape by softening the sharp edges. The shape 'flows' more, yet it's still recognizable as the state emblem of Ukraine.
As pictured above, I made a pattern and transferred it to the steel. The 16-gauge sheet steel was cut using my throatless Beverly Shear.
I volumized and shaped the steel by hammering it to shape using my swage block and anvil. For additional depth and volume, steel rods were oxy-fuel welded around the edges.
I designed the trident to be double-sided, in that there is no front- or back-side. It is up to the owner of the piece to display her favorite side, or switch sides periodically.
There's a 'hollow' space at each of the trident's points, and this serves as the hanging mechanism (for stringing fishing line through, or for hanging on nails.)
Overall dimensions are 7.5” wide x 10.5” tall x 1” deep.
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