Hans Richter Posted September 26, 2017 Share Posted September 26, 2017 Hello from Belgium, Glad to be part of the IFI community now. Found a very interesting forums and lots of knowledge around technic, skills and practices. Here a short introduction of myself. After professional education (maintenance mechanic) and after several years work/training in a lock/black-smith shop, finally running my own BS-shop for 9 years on a historical Dutch shipyard. Because of health reasons and funding a family I rest de shop and went back to school for studying quality- and work safety management. Since about 17 years I’m busy on payroll now to make a living in SHEQ-business within the metal industry . Next to that I work freelance as an IWC-S consultant to give welding advice to small metalworking companies. Al this time I keep my basic blacksmith equipment (tongs, hammers, fullers, swags and coal forge) without using it. About 1 ½ years ago I reactivate the equipment in a small barn in my backyard and now I’m forging again. In the last couple of months however the activities and goals are rising up and I build my own 55lbs power hammer and also a gas forge with a twin set of Venturi jet burners with many thanks to the oversea blacksmith community at forums and on Youtube. Still try to become familiar with the non-metric measurements. Like to forge many items like chandeliers, fire pokes but also knives, axes and more. At the moment I struggle with the fine tuning of power hammer (insufficient air release at foot switch) and forge (becoming higher temperature >1750°F ), and also hoop to find many useful information about Damascus steel. Cheers, Hans Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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