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  1. Sly

    First solid fuel forge fab.

    That looks amazing Bean. engh well I got used to drinking about a gallon a half of liquid a day being a soldier and the habits of pushing myself beyond the stress limits sticked too, when i get tired I swing harder and faster. If I get tired and push through it I just become stronger after and my stamina resets. It depends on my work too most of my work past the past year has been folding massive bloom chunks, which is like trying to draw a 4-5 lb block of blade steel by myself. I also have some issues with not being able to crash... (bad thing kept from the army is that I am always in an adrenal state) I sleep but I dont really sleep, im still alert and the actual point of exhaustion is what lets me actually recover and refresh. So In a way forging has been good therapy for me but I also have to account for my bodies needs which is an extreme amount of protein, calcium, the sugar gets burned and the hydration is a must for me. I had to force the breaks in otherwise I just wouldn't stop, given I forge in such a state I try to also compensate with food and liquid, I try to drink a veggie smoothy, take my vitamins ect and load up on the calcium, worked stretches in and everything else I could think of. while others might not need that much sugar or go crazy I would still say: get what your body needs. but oh man being able to actually get real sleep is so worth it, I just dont feel the same the weeks I dont get to forge, mentally or physically.
  2. Sly

    Show me your snakes

    didn't know this was a thing, ok definitely need a how to reference on this someone PM me
  3. Bad steel happens, iv ordered 12 feet of one inch round O1 before and had the entire thing be bad because of either too much phosphorous or sulfur. At that point theres not much salvage use for it either, even in scrapmascus.
  4. Charcoal can also take a while to get going if youre building a fire the normal way... I use a small store bought propane torch to get a few coals going then use the air. every new batch has to heat up so there is a small amount of time loss there... plus you cant just turn it off like a propane forge when youre done, the coals have to cool down. which is ok you can put your work on the coals and let it cool that way. but it hasnt been location friendly.
  5. well I definitely wouldn't use either forge for prolonged periods of time in a garage with your doors and windows closed. I have farrier forge and a a charcoal forge for welding, Coal makes alot of C02 which has no smell or taste, propane usually has an additive so you can smell and taste the gas. The propane has definitely been easier to forge certain alloy steels.
  6. looks good pairs well with the wood.
  7. tis a bit of both. The welding, and carborization is done at the same time, the wrought I had from a group that basically bloomed ore the refined it into the wrought iron but I didnt have enough so I just layered a little of everything and let it weld and slag into chaos. some of the stacks are purely large chunks some are deliberate stacks of smaller parts welded together. The Chaos is what is making this fun though, im going purely off feeling from forging. I might also get a metorite for fun. Funny story about hand billows, the group I was with that did the wrought method watched the movie princess monoke and then we had our girlfriends and wives work the hand billows. Its more fun sometimes to just wing it then read and execute.
  8. Similar method, dug a pit, made a chimney halfway in the pit with a two foot long gasline pipe duct taped to a shopvac hose and brick, lined the inside with the very refined clay I made about an inch and a half thick, made mud to line the outside of the chimney and then did a half pulverized hardwood charcoal/wrought iron mixed with nails and some of the previous slag/cast iron. Threw some deer bone in as well as two bottles of viatmins crushed into powder for the various off alloy content and all the random scraps I had as well as shavings from the belt sander and about 5 glass bottles on the top. ran it for about four and a half hours at welding temp adding half the total charcoal again onto the top and turned the air off for about 2 hours. Very short run, gives me massive chunks to break apart and use to make stacks from. it came out shaped like the inside and I had to break the cylinder apart on the side of my anvil. (9 inches wide a foot tall) Edit: I should add that I also used fire wood as a lid to seal the top off, trapped the sparks/heat and added whatever content. not exactly traditional but it doesnt require a team maybe 2-3 people.
  9. Iv done natural clay before, we dont have it in the ground here really so I had to dig dirt out a steam and then sift it between buckets and strainers to filter out the silt and boil it to get enough clay content, took me a few days to get enough content to line the inside for my bloom so I wasnt melting the cheap brick into the steel because it makes junk clanker and melts into quartz instead of nice flux layers in the iron.
  10. I think thomas made a jest in my direction about the bloom steel so... I dont have a power hammer, when im lucky i have a striker otherwise this is how i spend my tuesdays, putting 6 hours in to get a single fold all done by hand with a 4lb hammer. This particular part has been folded 4 times, is half its original size and its still not consolidated. The finished refined part will be mixed with 3 other billets and then ile end up starting over.
  11. ^ that and swinging a hammer is a physical skill that requires endurance built from doing.
  12. Mn I learned the 1 inch round way with a metal that broke if I forged at the wrong temp, too hot or too cold if it wasnt austenite. given I had a teacher for the first year two days a week. (my education was free from a friend/intermediate bladesmith a privilege most smiths dont get) The difference between the methods is a bladesmith doesnt use as many tools but rather technique and trick, the current community uses "make a tool to do the job the technique does" not that theres anything wrong with it, I still joined ABANA to learn tool making because well.. a tool online might cost 100$ or more. but you can most definitely just strait forge a hook without any tools using the horn. or at least I did it, I had a friend who has a prostetic hand so I got a screw that fit into his attachment and just forged it using a shallow bevel like you would a blade to deliberately bend it as if I was forging a blade, then forged the bevel back into itself to finish the curve on the horn and flattened it gently with a sledge. I didnt have to look it up or use tools other then the anvil and hammer. so I passively understand as well as disagree.
  13. When I would run into a problem I would think... How am I going to overcome it. and then I would make attempts to improvise around it. immediately looking up the answers in a way cheats yourself comprehension and experience as well as a state of mind. what is healthy is communicating what you caught onto with others and then comparing to improve or fill in the gaps. the mind is like any other muscle it needs to work out too. If you go off the rails with your learning and experimenting outside of the common mimicry online you can find yourself very quickly getting trolled too for whatever reason so theres always a risk of getting misinformation or getting put down. thankfully this is a really good website with wonderful mods. (Iv had a rough time with finding information on carbon absorption, it took me about a year to wade through the bs to figure it out, just because of the stock removal community) but the best moments of my smithing experience hasnt been finishing something and holding it up going YES! for me it has been learning or teaching or even having someone to work steel with, online communication is wonderful in that you can instantly share information but it does not meet the primal need for interaction. it is a good way to meet people though.
  14. #30 is bad for your physical and mental health period. I only get one day a week to forge otherwise youd never see me. (gotta feed my addiction)
  15. It is but there are conditions that have to be met to acheive it, heat over time isnt welding but integration so there is no weld. Bloomery is one thing to look up it will change how you understand steel. The second is hot rolling. I use a method of forge welding three outside seams, breifly reheat, then i pop the gap open with a chisel fill it with flux and then heat the part with the gap facing up till it liquidizes entirely. Then i forge from the end of the seam to squish the flux out like slowly stitching a seam.back and forth untill the impurities are worked out. So theres no gaps in the steel. Then it gets a very long soak time to do the fusion to erase the welds It has to be done in a ogygen free enviroment. You can do this with a reducing atmosphere can paint it in satanite or clay, your steel cant burn without air, it.doesnt help to have a little carbon in there too to burn out any air.