In March, I attended a metalworking workshop led by Ron Covell at the Austin Speed Shop. It definitely opened my eyes to a much better way to approach my fender-making exercise. On my return home, I purchased one hundred feet of 1/4 inch cold rolled steel, half a dozen round wooden dies and a new English wheel and shrinker-stretcher. Still, the Doubt Witch (the Witch of Self-Doubt) has interrupted my visits to the garage for the last four weeks. I finally made some progress on the wire buck for the passenger side front fender.
I gave up on the 18 gauge and bought a sheet of 20 gauge cold rolled steel at my favorite supply store, Triple S Steel. This stuff is a little easier to work. I started with two 12 inch by 12 inch pieces, making divots with my wood mallet and stump. I smoothed out the divots and stitched the two pieces together with tacks. Might work for the bottom of the passenger side front fender. Now, to duplicate it for the driver's side.
Today, I broke out the bead bag and the wood mallet and attacked a piece of 18 gauge. I am looking to round off the front fenders. At first, I thought I had another piece for the scrap pile. After a little time with the English wheel and my cedar stump, maybe not.