Our offices and shop will be closed on Sept. 30 - Oct. 1 and again on Oct. 9.. We will still be shipping these days but will not be available by phone, or email.
We will not be able to do any walk-in sales these days
Did you know that plans are well under way for the ABANA national conference in 2020? We have already begun preparing, have you? An amazing staff has been hard at work for an fun week of forging.
The list of demonstrators is beyond belief. The list of activities are never-ending and the food options look tasty.
Check out the links below. This is something you don't want to miss!
Hope to see you there
Use flux or not? The real question is do you understand what flux is for?
Flux is used to reduce the temperature at which the surface elements (scale, impurities, etc.) become fluid on the surface of the metal. It protects the surface from erosion due to air or gas blasting against the metal. Therefore if you do not use flux you must raise the temperature enough to make the elements on the surface fluid.
The argument for forging with a small hammer vs. a larger hammer is much like the argument of which truck is better, Ford or Chevy. If you've been forging for a while you probably have an opinion on this. Hopefully, if you have been forging for a while you also have tested your opinions as well. Have you forged with a larger hammer enough to know it is not right for you?
In the USA bituminous coal is divided into high-volatile, medium volatile, and low volatile groups. Metallurgical grade Blacksmithing Coal would fall into the low-volatile group. The higher the volatile rating the more the coal fire will propagate or spread. Lower volatile coal SHOULD coke without moisture being added. Herein lies the rub.. Adding water does several things that work against us.