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No thursday update [May. 18th, 2012|01:39 pm]
Doug Ayen
Sadly, was unable to get much shop time in this week. I did just receive a 1.2" dia thickwall titanium tube I'm planning on using as a tuyere for the next smelt, so I'm pretty much set hardware-wise for that. I'm going to try to focus this weekend on cleaning house enough that I'm comfortable with strangers visiting, then I'll set dates for the ore bonfire & smelting, and maybe get going with some regular open shops again.

I have ~70 lbs of what I'm told is fossilized limonite, or organic hematite, which while it is from Texas, is also the type of ore mined in Berryville from Revolution era until around the civil war, iirc. Good practice. Plus, I still have ~130lbs of the problematic magnetite I want to do something with. If I can find a source of bulk charcoal, preferably graded into ~1" chunks, I'll be all set.

In other news, I was woken up this morning at 7am by the sound of race car engines over at Summit Point, about a mile away. I just checked their schedule, and it's a weekend-long vintage car race, the Jefferson 500. I might just wander over and take a gander, I'm fond of older cards. Anyone interested in joining me?