Hi Brian, and friends,
Mistakes? mine have been of a different sort, being production
errors because as many of you may have noticed, I rarely do comission
work, instead, making a range of products which sell off my
However, I had a comission to mint 500 silver coins at Schloss Burg
nr. Solingen Germany, during their museum’s 100th sanniversary. this
project took from inception to turnkey conclusion some 6 months,
what with the design of the dies, their production, purchase of the
999 silver, blank production and associated printing, packaging etc.
I arrived in good time, built up the exhibition and the mint, was in
production at around the 175 coin mark, when a member of the public
distracted me, in a minting cycle, to the point I missed placing the
blank in the collar. Didnt see this, and had the 2 dies come
together!!. with some 45 tons impact pressure. A minters nightmare!!.
Now i use the very best Grane tool steel for the dies and they are
very tough, but in this case there was an image of the top die on the
flat area of the bottom die. this had the image of Englebert Der 11.
on it, fortunately it was cut deep. What to do? i took the die out of
the mint and decided to see if i could flatten off the false image on
some 600 silicon wet and dry. Half an hour later, it was time to
polish the flat surface (I always have a small version of my workshop
with me) and yes, not as sharp as before, but acceptable, thank
The museum director didnt notice the difference and the project was
Next, I was turning some steel and had the lathe on power feed,
forgot I had put the chuck key on the lathe bed, the saddle came up
against that and the headstock, there was a thump and something had
broke in the headstock.
After much dismantling found that 2 teeth had broken off a gear,. It
took a day to tig weld up the teeth and grid back to form. Another
And finally for today, i was finishing putting the banner on the
marquee roof, leant sideways and the ladder went the other way, i
slid off the roof, fortunately landing on my feet. Still a 7ft drop.
Take care all.