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Date for iron smelting (tamahagane) July 9th [Jun. 7th, 2005|06:26 pm]
Doug Ayen
Ok, we're going to be doing this year's iron smelting on July 9th, 2005. Due to the long-term nature of this kind of work, we'll be starting at 10am, and going until we run out of charcoal.

Speaking of which, while there is no entrance fee for this event, I ask that you bring a bag of lump (not briquette) charcoal! I've got the ore and the smelter, and if we get enough people and charcoal we may be able to do two batches.

For the Japanese sword/knifemaking crowd, this is the same process as the Japanese use to make their tamahagane, which they also smelt out in small batches from iron sand. If you're interested in how the traditional sword is made, this is an important step, and the only true way to make a traditional sword is to make or buy this kind of iron and steel.

Please RSVP for this event, I'll need to know how much hamburger to thaw out for lunch :)

All are welcome to attend.

--doug
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From: lomonthang
2005-06-16 02:32 am (UTC)
Howdy, just stumbled upon you here. Are you using a kodai setup? Not many people got room in their backyards for a tatara...
My name's Garrett and I have been doing some smelting lately so its nice to see other people with a similar rare interest.
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[User Picture]From: cjpetherick
2005-07-06 11:23 am (UTC)
I'd like to attend this weekend. Can you email me directions?

Email: cjpetherick at gmail.com

Thanks.
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