Thanks for the link,
I will set up some type of polishing wheel and use it, before I do any more to the Finial. I know It can look alot better than it does now with just a touch more work.
There is a tiny bit of lead solder on one side of the main body where it was "repaired" at some point. That still needs to be removed.
The holes in the sides of the main body where the two pieces of scroll work mount needs some body work too. The holes are slightly stretched out and need to be adjusted a little tiny bit. Should pose no problem but still needs to be done.
I also need to make a new mounting bolt/stalk/holder downer thingamagig too. The original was to rusty to salvage. It was spring loaded like an old school hood ornimate so that is how I will replicate it.
I have been in the building industry for the past 20 years. Mostly building custom homes during the work week. Prior to that I spent 4 years as an apprentice machinist in a small job shop.
My hobbies hinge around making things better than I found them. Power boat restoration and kit cars is where I learned about fiberglass and body work. Obviosly wood comes from my years as a carpenter. I also play with autos and restore and modify them too (Body, suspension, engines). That's where the need for welding comes from. I was given the chance to go to welding school by my current employer (I didn't learn to weld I just got certified).
Anytime I find some one who is an expert in thier craft, I try to learn as much as possible. Be humble and ask questions, most people, including myself, enjoy passing along tricks to someone who has a desire to learn.
Here is the last truck that I built
For 15 of the last twenty years I was self employed. I saw and still see anything that I create as a reflection of me and my name. Word of mouth has always treated me well, therfore I have always held my work and those I employed to the highest of standards.