At the All Hands Meeting, Candi ran a gas forge building workshop, that Jerry and I (Mark) attended. It took longer than expected so I came back to the monthly meeting of the Genesee group and finished it off. Luckily there was lots of advice from all the group and the forge was finally finished. Thanks to Candi, Brian, Tom, and everyone else for advice!
Things I learned:
1) Make sure the refractory is totally dry – I dried it using a lightbulb (old filament version). Then following Candi’s instruction I started the forge with a nice bushy flame and dried it for another hour
2) Tuning the burner takes a while and the blower we used is over powered for my burner. Propane runs at 1 psi and blower at lowest intake and I am at forging temperature within 10 mins.
3) Forging in the snow needs more Carhartt!
Thanks to all who helped and I am forging away and learning a lot – may have to start some of Tom’s Penny Scrolls soon.
This coming Saturday, November 16th is our monthly meeting. Per usual we will meet at our shop in the Rochester Arc and Flame building at 125 Fedex Way in Gates.
8am Arrival, Coffee/Donuts, General kabitzing
9am Demo - Penny Scrolls – Tom O’Connor
11:00 Iron in the Hat (please bring a forged item or useful tool – no junk please)
3:30 clean and wrap up
Please Note, if you are not current on your dues, you will not be able to forge. All members dues were payable in July per the NYSDB By-Laws (which are available on the website at www.nysdb.org). Cash or check are accepted. Please no more dollar coins!
When: Saturday, 10/19 & Sunday 10/20
Where: 125 Fedex Way, Rochester, NY 14624
- 3 Member Demonstrators
- Gas Forge Workshop (contact Candy if you are interested – extra materials fee required)
- Welding Instruction
- Forging Competition
- Iron In the Hat
- General Business Meeting
Preregister by 10/10 for a discount.
NYSDB had a great showing at this year’s Quadstate meet put on by SOFA. Our own Bob Trout was a featured demonstrator this year and his donations raised a lot of money in their auction. Thanks Bob for not only sharing your knowledge but also supporting the community through your work.
Bob Trout commanding a crowd.
Gathering around the stew pot.