Not really wanted to be too serious here, I do hafta say using coal, coke, or charcoal is like deciding on which welding process to use. Maybe it could also be compared to using a carburizing flame or an oxidizing flame.
Even good ole coal contains varying amounts of mosture, sulfur and other thing that can affect the forging process. Hence, some coal is unsuitable for blacksmithing.
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Thread: local black smith teacher?
08-01-2007, 06:23 AM #21
08-01-2007, 08:33 AM #22
08-01-2007, 05:27 PM #23
You could buy coke but all that is is burnt coal, just buy coal then after every fire you will have coke just take this out and save for when needed
the only time I use coke is when starting a fire I use a few chunks of it and when forge welding use the larger pieces to cover top of fire to keep the heat in.
08-01-2007, 09:17 PM #24
r90s and Ironman,
thanks for the info When I'm ready, I'll look and learn from those websites!!!
I know Keawe wood (mesquite) over here burns hotter than Kingsford charcoal, need to learn about the other kinds of "coke"I'm not late...
I'm just on Hawaiian Time
09-10-2007, 03:34 PM #25
oK I went to Dollywood over the weekend & I was watching the blacksmith & he seen my Miller shirt & we got to talking & I was asking about smithing & He told me about this place and they have lessons free it is about 2 hours away or so and I`am going to order some coal from them also.http://www.blacksmithsdepot.com/ I`am thinking bout building a small shed to blacksmith in . Also up at Cades cove in a few weekends is a blacksmith class thing for FREE .
Just thought I would keep y`all updated
09-10-2007, 10:48 PM #26Senior Member
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I envy you for where you spent the weekend. A lot of people like to head for the coast but me, I rather spend my time in the mountains. Up until a few years ago we would spend several weekends out of summer in Cherokee on the reservation. We went to Dollywood one year and I saw one of the most beautiful knives I have ever seen made out of a railroad spike. The guy made it while we stood there and watched. He would put it in his forge and heat it up and then beat on it a little, and then put it back. I marveled at the way he changed that rough looking railroad spike into such a pretty knife. You can learn a lot from those mountain people.
Probably the best swimming hole I have ever been in is between Cades Cove and Cherokee. My family always knew when we went to the mountains we were going to that swimming hole. That was Daddy's part of the vacation.
Oh, we also went to Smoky Mountain Knife works too.6010
If I had know I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.
09-10-2007, 11:33 PM #27
GOOD FOR YOU!!! At your age, learn as MUCH as you can!!! Wish I had that opportunity, 'specially for free!!! Hmmm...I wonder if you can go to like 5 classes, all free??!!!
Good going on your research...and wearing your Miller shirtI'm not late...
I'm just on Hawaiian Time
09-11-2007, 06:00 PM #28
Talk about a forge. Here is a great web site where they build them out of propane tanks. Looks like a great forge. If I had the time, I would try building one for myself.
What else is there besides welding and riding. Besides that
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09-12-2007, 02:53 PM #29
09-23-2007, 03:47 PM #30
I got to do my first blacksmith project yesterday it was a hanger thing it has everthing in smithing besides forge welding ,Iwent to a A guy on the Hobart board `s shop and probally go this Sat. to