Trenchart; by Trenchart-bri…

“ Trench art is any decorative item made by soldiers, prisoners of war, or civilians where the manufacture is directly linked to armed conflict or its consequences. It offers an insight not only to their feelings and emotions about the war, but also their surroundings and the materials they had available to them.”

Trenchart – the above explanation describes what it is, I first got interested by items I saw on ebay, so with a bit of research I thought I will have a go at this. But not to tread on those brave souls making the items in the trench during the wars I call mine trenchart style, for the bits they made and the tools they had to make them with I come no where near with my efforts. I make them for fun and given them away as presents or barters or if somebody gives me something metal detecting related I like to give britasomething back, ie a bit of trenchart, the tools you need is a small drill bit, piercing saw, brita2needle files, wet and dry and metal polish and loads of elbow grease… To make things easy to understand first you get your coin, I prefer old big penny’s, first you drill some small holes in the penny then thread the piercing saw through the holes then start sawing. The blades are mega thin mine are numbered 1 to 6, you can get about 144 blades on ebay for about £4.00p, I break about 10 on each coin , when you have sawn out the section you want to remove, for the next step, use some needle files, before moving onto the next process, which is loads of filing, & then polishing… I can make a coin in about 6 hours, but now its old age creeping up I get cramp in my fingers so have to give up after a few hours. I will 005 (2).JPGshow you some of my work, its not perfect but its something when you start you can put it down, ready to pick up and continue with later…

The two photo’s shown in this article that’s related to coins, show’s four heads that are cut out, each photo, is showing both sides of the coins, as in heads and tails;

these are a few of the busts I have cut out of old penny’s, with more info to follow;

thanks for looking Trenchart-bri