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Hey folks! This is not quite a blacksmithing event, but there IS molten iron involved. Tomorrow at the Franconia Sculpture Garden in Skandia, MN there is a free iron pour going on! As I understand it, artists will be using/creating molds and then filling them with the good stuff. The event is from 12-5. Franconia Sculpture Park 29836 St. Croix Trail Franconia, MN 55074 For a point of reference, this is about forty-five minutes northeast of the Twin Cities. I don't know if there's anybody but Stephen Olivo and me up here, but you are all welcome. For more details, just google Franconia Iron Pour. See you there!
Wow, What a find. I heard about this forge through my son. His friend had mentioned that these people didn't know what to do with it and were going to junk it. It had been one of their grandfather's. I contacted the friend and he even delivered it to me. As you can see, it's going to need some work but it'll be a labor of love. I also need some advice. I realize I should probably clay it although it shows no evidence of having been clayed. Does anyone have ideas of how thick I should make it? Should I bring it up to the fire pot? I'd appreciate any advice.
Those of you that I have talked with know that I am whining about being on a TIGHT budget. So I have scrounged and rescued and garage saled, (is that a verb?) and now have my own forge to work with. I will be lighting it up on Friday morning with regular charcoal (yes I know its not ideal but I have a bag and a half already) and very likely again on Saturday while my wife is at her baby shower. The BBQ is rusted out and so was free from a couple of friends of mine who were moving. Wanted a kettle style but hey.... The brake drum was free from the mechanics shop, the disk underneath it was free in some scrap metal I was given... The pipe and cap that are the air flow added up to like 13 bucks if I remember right... The inner tube was free from the local bike shop (had a hole in it ) and the air source is the blower from an Inflatable Christmas lawn ornament Free also for me. A local smith who has been very helpful and accomodating let me weld the pipe at his shop. The vice I bought at a garage sale for 5$ along with a Railroad spike hammer also for 5$ in another post. The anvil was the most expensive part, its a Fisher 58 lb.er that I got for about a buck a lb. So we will see what it can do tomorrow. I am hoping to make a horseshoe heart for my wife to justify my time involved in this... Thanks for your time...
Yesterday I went to our local steel yard and got a whole bunch of cutoffs that were worth about $100 for $20 (coffe and doughnuts go a long way). While sorting through the racks I saw a bin that said "free" on the side so I had a look, grabbed 3, 5"x 1" peices of round bar marked 4140 spark test agrees with that label so I took them, what should I make with them? I am thinking a breazeal type slitter... oh and i also grabbed what i thaught was a peice of 3/4" rnd about 2 1/2 ft long when i looked at it when i got home it was marked "bronze" YAAAAY???? thanks josh