||[Dec. 17th, 2008|10:08 pm]
(an unedited first draft outline)
importance of quality
importance of originality
importance of accuracy
importance of precision
stop when done (diminishing returns on extra work)
always draw before starting the work.
archaometallugy/styles of ironmaking by period/location
you're going to get cut, burnt, and abraded. deal
how forging works
molecular scale explanation
importance of control
too hot, too cold
hammers and anvils
let it fall
stainless steel damascus
mixed powder patternmaking
welding in the box
forge thick, grind thin
better patterns in layered materials
gotchas to watch out for while forging
cottage cheese when too hot
cracks when too cold
anealing box care, feeding, and use
spatter, drips, and being on fire
radiant heat dangers
sound and its remediation
lathe, milling machine, surface grinder
making your own equipment
furnaces & construction
molten salt pot
hardening and quenching/tempering pots
sword straightening post-treatment
watching the shadows in the steel in the long fire
working with carbon fiberglas etc
making your own precision alloys
designing an alloy
pattern welding titanium
That is an impressively large list! Books could be written on some of those single items. :)
Oh, yeah. Books have been written on several of these topics -- which I intend to reference and direct the reader at. Mostly, though, I'd like to work my way through most of these, documenting as I go.
I'll probably fail, but its good to have goals, no?
2008-12-18 03:33 pm (UTC)
I was wasting time at work the other day and decided to google "blacksmithing blog". You came up at the top.
I spent about two hours reading back through your entire blog history.
I'm going to be taking a blacksmithing intro class at Prospect Hill Forge in Waltham, MA in January.
Anyway, just wanted to say Hi and tell you to keep up with the blogging!
P.S. It was also weird to see that I peripherally know some folks (Arisia people) that leave comments in your blog.
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And the audiophools are heavily into explosively laminated multilayer sheets.
Yeah, I was looking at machinable ceramics online, comparing the various stats, and realized that sapphire is both hard, tough, fairly resilliant, and of course pretty. It would have to be worked with diamond, but imagine a transparent knife, all glittery and sharp . . .
my-carta is homemade micarta, aka laminated cloth, paper, or similar thin sheets. I've actually made some, which turned out ok, and just bought some supplies to make some more (I'm thinking black velvet, or silk. Or silk velvet.)
Yeah. RS keeps reminding me that I really don't have the space to set up an explosive lamination shop (no place to store the explosives), but maybe if I buy some land out in the middle of nowhere, or an old iron mine, or convince the folk over at the local quarry to let me set up there . . .