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AaronIronandSteel

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  1. oh yea! that's great advice thank you, I will try that next time!
  2. yes that what I meant. darn auto correct. and thank you for your advice, I will try to do my welding on a cloudy day next time
  3. I was using 1084 and 15n20 and for my welding heats I stopped working at a bright orange, reduced and back into the forge
  4. Hi guys, I was attempting to make Damascus yesterday. It is o ly my third time so I still dont quite know what I'm doing. On about the third welding heat it started to crumble and the grain inside looked massive there were all these big cracks running perpendicular to the layers. The welds were all good and there was no problem once I cut the cracked section off but I want to know why this happened. I work outside and it was about -10°C and my anvil was cold could the heat difference in the anvil cause this. Or did I overheat the billet. Although I think that unlikely because it didn't spark. Although I'm working in a coal forge so you never know. The second billet I did that day went wonderfully but by then the anvil was warm... any insight is valued thank you
  5. I have Steel toed leather boots. My parents are ok with it and my grandpa will help me. And I although I have read some articles about it I am ashamed to admit that the idea of going to a library never crossed my mind.
  6. Thanks guys. I have tried to put in the research and I have spent a few hours on it but most of the videos I found to talk you through it they just show the progress vaguely. As far as ppe is concerned I was going to wear a welders hat, a respirator, a welders jacket, my blacksmith's apron and welding gloves. I suppose I need all the help I can get so I will make some charcoal(lots of charcoal) and there is a creek that runs through town so I guess I will try to run a magnet along the bottom and see what happens.
  7. I have been wanting to try and make my own steel for a while. I have done quite a bit of research and I have no idea what I'm doing. As it stands now, my plan is to build a big 'ol tube out of bricks (fire or otherwise) and cover it in clay-rich mud. Let it dry for a day. Burn a small fire in it for a day. Then the next day load it with coal and have a big fire. Here is where my first question comes in. Would it be possible to use house coal instead of charcoal? J get it for free from a guy who converted his house over to natural gas instead of coal. Anyways it gets hot and it's free. So do you have to your charcoal or will house coal work. Next question is do you need to use iron or I know you can get on eBay but would it be easier to use dill spirals from my local machine shop? Or would it just burn and become garbage? Then after loading in fuel and something ferrous into the furnace and blowing in there with a shop vac. Periodically tapping for slag and peaking in there to see if it's white hot I will bust the thing up and hopefully pull out a bloom! Any answers to my questions, as well as any additional info, Is greatly appreciated. I have no idea how long to burn, how often to tap the slag, how much coal and iron to add. Every lite bit helps. -thanks (P.S. sorry for writing a novel. But it's a lot to go over)
  8. So, I was recently given a coal forge from a guy who got it years ago but never used it. And he also gave me a small barrel of some black substance. He couldn't tell me what it was only that the man who gave it to him said it was something good for blacksmithing and hard to find. We think it might just be coal. It kind of burnt like it when we hit it with a plumbers torch. But coal isn't hard to find. I have no idea what it is but here's a pic
  9. So, I was recently given a coal forge from a guy who got it years ago but never used it. And he also gave me a small barrel of some black substance. He couldn't tell me what it was only that the man who gave it to him said it was something good for blacksmithing and hard to find.
  10. <split off from another thread> I'm putting this up here because this is kind of morphed into talk about anvils and stuff and I have a question I just finally got my first anvil and it's a total junker but I figure it'll be a good project to try and make it nice again but my question is the Anvil is from Canadian blower and Forge Co and on the side there's numbers that say 0 668 what do the numbers mean
  11. I love my wolf jaws because they are really versatile I can hold round and square stock up to about 1/2 an inch although flat stock is pretty shady
  12. Yea I see what yor saying and I have a piece of coil spring so I might just try that next weekend thanks frosty and I noticed in my other readings you are always helping people so thank you for helping all us new guys.
  13. Thank you guys I will definitely start to think about what shapes I would want. Would it be possible to do a hot cut?
  14. Thank you guys for the advice I currently don't think I have the tools to do that to my anvil (unless it is unbelievably simple in which case you would hopefully inform me) but if I did I would definitely try it out... actually on second thought I might me able to round the edges of part to it to half round.
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