Scottish Thistle Fire Brazier

Fire up the forge and light up the night with your handiwork by creating this stunning Scottish-inspired masterpiece.

Photo by Matt Kiedaisch

According to legend, an invading army once tried to sneak up on an encampment of Scottish soldiers, when one of the invaders stepped on a thistle and screamed in pain, thus spoiling the attack. Ever since, the thistle has been the national emblem of Scotland. This fire brazier pays homage to that humble flower. It might not startle invading Norsemen, but it’ll certainly keep you warm on those cool summer nights.

Tools and Materials

  • Oxyacetylene torch
  • Cross-peen hammer
  • Ball punch
  • 3/8-inch round punch or drill with 3/8-inch bit
  • Ball-peen hammer
  • Grinder or file
  • Speed square
  • Bending forks
  • Welder or forge, optional
  • Riveting tool
  • 3/8-inch rivets

Cut List

From 1/2-inch round bar, mild steel

  • Legs: 65-inch-long pieces (4)
  • Basket ribs: 40-inch-long pieces (12)
  • Bottom hoop: 32-inch-long piece

From 1⁄4-by-1-inch flat bar, mild steel

  • Top hoop: 70-inch piece

Photo by Matt Kiedaisch

Forge Ahead

The brazier’s basket is made up of 16 ribs, four of which extend past the bottom of the basket to create the legs. You’ll make the legs first.

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