[Bordermarch] Forge Workshop

Rudy Templin rudyisfozzy at gmail.com
Wed Aug 1 15:42:47 PDT 2012

If I might humbly ask for a 10 day notice so I can get off work.

On Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 10:18 AM, Lathrop, Dave <David.Lathrop at valero.com>wrote:

> Quo Tou et Bordermarch,
> Was it Henny Penny , Chicken Little, or the Little Red Hen who believed
> that the sky was falling?
> The forge building workshop recently turned out another butter-bean gas
> forge!
> This particular forge was destined to go home with Lord Ricciardo Leonzo
> de Nicolosi.
> Lord Ricciardo's new forge began as a humble Freon can. He had to massage
> the can with some power tools
> and elbow grease to make it want to become a forge.
> He also learned the fine art of bending thick metal with nothing more than
> a big hammer and a cheater bar.
> The bent metal was used as the forge's support stand.
> He constructed his venture burner from plumbing supplies and now only
> needs to get his gas regulator and valves to
> complete the forge.
> The two day workshop concluded with some hot work at the smithy.
> Lord Ricciardo let the 52100 ball bearing raceways he previously cut up
> soak in the forge for about an hour or so.
> 52100 metal is very hard to work even when its red hot!
> Lord Ricciardo managed to straighten out the 52100 with a big hammer, but
> the process of turning it into a knife or
> tool was definitely going to take a bigger hammer.
> He also hammered out several really nice scrolled hooks that can be used
> for camping or hanging meat in the smokehouse.
> He gave up hammering on a big fat hardened steel bolt due to time
> constraints. He has plans to turn the bolt into a portable shower!
> I managed to make a nail.
> The next date for the forge building/blacksmithing workshop will be
> announced soon. We will make some forges and also work on
> making some blacksmith tongs as well as some more nails.
> HE Santiago
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