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June 7th, 2005

Death of a blacksmith [Jun. 7th, 2005|02:39 am]
Doug Ayen
My hobby is a hazardous one. I've suffered cuts, bruises, burns, and at times thought my life might be at risk.

Nonetheless, I do try to be safe.

'Paw Paw' Wilson left a legacy of many metalworking demonstrations over on Anvilfire.com . He did two after-the-fact demos on safety, one on the dangers of working with wire wheels (or really any power equipment), and one on zinc fumes. Sadly, the second one was the cause of his death, and the demo produced posthumously.

http://www.anvilfire.com/iForge/tutor/safety3/index.htm

Be careful out there.

--doug
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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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Open workshop June 18th [Jun. 7th, 2005|08:41 pm]
Doug Ayen
Next open workshop will be June 18th. Shop opens at noon. Feel free to bring any projects or plans for what you want to work on.

--doug
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