Metalmelt
Hi everyone, I live in Southern Tennessee near Chattanooga. I'm a member of the Choo Choo Forge with a bunch of great guys. I have finished the forging classes they offer and have been making a few things of my own over the past 2 years.
I am primarily a caster and have cast objects in Aluminum, Brass, Bronze and a little Iron. I had hoped to build a larger furnace to do cast iron this year but we have decided to move back to Ohio. So, I had to put everything on hold.
I was reluctant to sign up on here. I have been on a couple other Blacksmithing sites and found them rude and not helpful to new members. Usually running the new member off, including me. This looks like a more friendly site, so I decided to check it out. Thanks
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Skarzs the Cave Troll
Hey man, welcome to the family!
We try to be nice here, and I'm sure other members will welcome you most cordially. Feel free to ask new questions, or find some topics that you would like to comment on. Hope to see you stick around.
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Hank Rearden
Casting is cool. I want to see you melt iron. I have a few projects to do if I ever get caught up on all the other stuff ahead of it. Welcome.
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Anthony San Miguel
Welcome to the forum, Metalmelt! If I were you I would take advantage of your time in Ohio. A lot of blacksmithing goodies to be found there that are very scarce or ridiculously priced in other parts of the country.
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jmccustomknives
Howdy.  I'll be picking your brain for sure as a relative gave me 140lbs of brass screws and wants something cast from them.  I'm like a knifemaker, what do I know about casting.

Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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Metalmelt
I got about 40 pounds of bronze bolts and they turned out to be Silicon Bronze. Easy to cast and no lead or zinc. Here's what I made for my neighbor.



This is the little bit of Iron I did a while back. About 3 pounds, just to see if I could.


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Skarzs the Cave Troll
Very cool.
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NorrinRadd
Welcome aboard! That's some good stuff right there. Casting is something that I've wanted to do as well. Been stockpiling aluminum and brass when I can. Looking forward to seeing more of your work.
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RustDeamon
welcome aboard, these guys are great. so far none of that "go read a book and stop asking questions" crap I've seen on other sites and forums. yes, you and I should read books but asking simple questions even the most basic is how people learn. especially since lots of what we wish to learn isn't easily found in books.

pretty cool to see that casting stuff, again welcome.
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Metalmelt
More like, "Go read the book I wrote and then make hooks and nails for 8 years, then maybe you'll be worthy"

Sorry, don't get me started.
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Skarzs the Cave Troll
Oh dear.

There is certainly value in reading books about forging and metalworking, but there is only so much one can learn from books. More often than naught it takes reading AND talking to experienced people. (Watching people helps as well.) Something to remember about those books are they have been written by blacksmiths. Why do I make that a point? Every smith has his or her own techniques that work for them, but not necessarily for others. There are those authors who make it a note that "these are only the ways I do things; there are other ways of doing the same thing". Still, it's different reading a book, which is seemingly an unchangeable truth instead of something that can be proven wrong, from actually talking to people with experiences to teach from.
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