Satamax Antone wrote:http://donkey32.proboards.com/index.cgi?action=display&board=experiment&thread=540&page=1
Marianne Cooper wrote:Dale-
love the idea of community hot studios - worked in one years ago. Couple of things to keep in mind:
not all char. is the same and burn temp, consistant heat etc must be considered.
This link may be helpful: http://metalworking-blacksmithing.knoji.com/blacksmithing-differences-between-coal-charcoal-and-coke-as-fuel/
in order to cast bronze aka lost wax casting unless the pieces are simple, most bronze castings are done centrifugally and therefore you must have someone knowledgable as spinning molten metal from a crucible into your future piece; not something to learn as you go - too many potential dangers. sand casting is surely an option.
only hand held hammers - certainly an option, but larger pieces aka gates etc with heavier components either need 2 smiths working together (time honored tradition) or a power hammer. Not the auto constant banging as you noted in commercial operation, but a foot treddle operated version which applies force greater then hammer & anvil saving your body and time.
be aware of participants working knowledge - hot shops need only responsible tennants and knowledeable instructures aka liability!
I'm lucky enough to have a smith-husband & i've had 30 years of bronze casting. Best of luck and please keep us posted.
Marianne Cooper wrote:power hammer on a digit = flat & fat LOL & yes to the idiot without hearing protection!
you may want to find your local chapter of ABANA - Artistic Blacksmith Association of North America. This is truly an international organization. Sounds like your set-up may be a perfect spot for a working conference.
Marianne Cooper wrote:It's all very interesting - I hope you keep me updated. as far as equipment, ABANA will be your best place for used powerhammers etc. The rest of the stuff you need, prongs, hammers, chasing tools you can make. Shipping will be the issue for any powerhammer- Coop (husband) still uses a 1955 powerhammer and a few years ago, needed a HUGE hammer for an enormous commission and found an outfit in CA that was offering free shipping which would have been thousands (we're on the east coast).
As far as casting equipment & other tools to work wax, check dentists; they pitch tools regularly and I've been collecting assorted pick, prodders etc for years and that where I got my centra-fuse.
best of luck, although from the sounds of it, none is needed.
Andor Horvath wrote:Dale,
here's a link to anvifire's power hammer page; if you're lucky you're working with a little giant - easiest to get support/parts for
allen lumley wrote: Dale Hodgins : just waited to share with you I listened to the last Ernie and Erica W. plus Paul W. ( the three W.s ) latest 'pod' cast where they talked about getting such
a strong draft with Erica's Rocket cook stove that they got mild steel to glow red hot on just dry hard wood ! There and then they talked about doing more work
with Erica's stove, bot as busy as everyone is with projects this may go to a back burner For the Future Good of the Craft ! PYRO AL !