The Blacksmithing Area is a sub section of the Hot Metals Hosted Area, which has a wiki page here: https://wiki.pumpingstationone.org/Category:Hot_Metals
Other Hosted Areas are listed here: https://wiki.pumpingstationone.org/Category:Hosted_Areas
This page exists to explain the specialized tools and processes that relate to the discipline of Blacksmithing in Hot Metals Area.
- 1 Overview
- 2 Getting Authorized
- 3 SAFETY
- 4 Available Tools
- 5 Training resources
Blacksmithing is the process of heating iron/steel to a temperature where it is maleable and then using various tools to form the metal into useful and decorative shapes.
Use of blacksmithing tools requires authorization, separate from the Hot Metals authorization. This was separated to keep the initial authorization from getting too long and because the tools and procedures differ from the other shop tools.
How to Get Authorized
Authorization occurs once a month. Please check the Google Calendar on the main site for BOO (Blacksmithing Office HOurs)
Please review the information on this page, in particular the Safety section.
What will be covered
- Learning how to safely light, adjust gas flow and shut off the Gas forges.
- Preparing your work area, ventilation and cleanup.
- Hand Tools (Hammer, Tongs, etc.) and Anvil overview.
- Basic Hammer control to prevent damage to the anvil.
- Safely handling hot metal and Fire Safety.
- Use of Induction Heater (By request).
Gas Cost Contribution
If you use the shop tank you are required to pay for your propane gas. Recommended contribution is about $5/hour of forge use. There is a donations lock box on equipment racks/shelves.
Note: This may change in the future after we research the cost of running.
The most common injuries in the forge are burns, eye injuries, cuts and scrapes. All members are encouraged to continually develop their knowledge of safe practices in the workshop.
Please Review these potential hazards.
Available - Denotes items available to members in Hot Metals area.
- Eye protection (Available)
- Gloves (Available)
- Closed Toed shoes.
- Natural fiber clothing .
- NO Synthetics. They can melt and make burns worse.
- Know the location of the fire extinguisher in the shop. (Available)
- know the location of the closest source or water. (Available)
- In case of burn.
- Apron (Available)
- Long sleeve shirt
- Hearing Protection (Available)
- Know the location of the First Aid Kit (Available)
- Drinking Water - Stay Hydrated! (Available in PS1)
Please go to individual pages for startup/shutdown procedures and other detailed information, specific to the tools.
Anvils and Tools
- Leg Vise
- Water Quench Barrel
- MZ75 Power Hammer
- Oil Quench Container
- Ferric Chloride and Neutralizer for steel etching
- Vinegar Container for scale removal
Useful reference material worth reviewing to improve you skills.
Self Study Courses
- Quick Overview
- Blacksmith Practice
- AnvilFire FAQ and Index of Articles
- Down and Dirty Blacksmithing (WikiBook)
- Nova Labs Blacksmithing Group (Wiki)