I have been working on a Beginner Course Class Handout and Syllabus. It is in the early stages and has a great deal of work to be done on it before it is ready to be actually used in a course.Talking to my wife, who is a retired teacher, she points out how adults now-a-days want to skip practicing the basics and jump immediately into intermediate and advanced skills and projects. I have seen this tendency not only in the wide blacksmithing community, but also when coaching sports. While this is only natural, it can prevent our group from getting to the skill level of other area blacksmithing groups, cause safety issues, damage equipment, and prevent the group from gaining the respect of the general blacksmithing community.
In order to teach this course, we will need at least one or two assistants who are familiar and practiced with all of the safety practices and smithing skills taught in the course, including being really good at maintaining a coal forge fire.
The question then is, how do we bring members of the group, especially members who wish to assist and eventually teach beginner's courses up to a thorough practiced level all the skills. Skills like proper maintenance of a coal fire requires instruction and practice.
List of materials needed for building forges for Williams Grove classes. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated, every piece helps. Please check your scrap piles:
Flat stock – five inch wide, between 1/4” to 1/2” thick, from 10” to 12 feet long lengths. This is the main material for making the walls of the firepots.
Steel plate – 24 inch square, between 1/8” to 1/4” thick, can cut down to size, whole 4'x8' sheet would be nice. Tables for semi-portable forges are 24” by 24” square.
Steel plate – 6” or larger square pieces, 3/16” to 1/2” thick, can cut down to size if larger or longer. This is for bottom of firepots and ash dump cover.
Square tubing – 3” to 4” square outside measurement, 3/16” to 1/4” thick walls, from 11” to 12 feet long lengths. This is for 11” to 12” down tubing/pipe for tuyers.
Flat stock – 1.5” to 3” wide, 1/4” or more thick, from 12” to 12 foot long lengths. Used for rim of fire-pots and elsewhere (where and when some other materials in list are not available).
Angle iron – 1.5” to 2” angle iron, 1/8” to 1/4” thick, 3foot to 12 foot long lengths, (note: need lots and lots of angle iron). Legs for forges and around edges of forge table.
Pipe – 3” ID, 6” to 12 foot lengths, schedule 40. Inlet pipe for air to tuyer.
Round bar – solid steel round stock 2.5” diameter, one foot long or longer. I will slice up for clinker breakers
Round bar – 1/2” solid steel round stock, 18” to 12ft lengths. Will cut to size for clinker breaker handles.
Over did it yesterday, my back is out of commission today, possibly as long as a week. I'm no longer young.
The materials that I need most for this project are:
Flat stock – five inch wide, between 1/4” to 1/2” thick. Need 87-inches per firepot (174” total) for two more firepots. This is the main material for making the walls of the firepots. Any pieces that are at least 10” long would be a big help.
Steel plate – two..... 24-inch by 24-inch squares, between 1/8” to 1/4” thick. For tables for two more semi-portable forges.
Angle iron – 1.5” to 2” angle iron, 1/8” to 1/4” thick, 3foot to 12 foot long lengths, (note: need lots and lots of angle iron). Legs and bracing for forges and around edges of forge table.
That said, not sure what to do about blowers for the forges. I looked at prices and they have gotten ridiculous.
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