Fall col­ors from the cam­pus @arrowmont_school this after­noon. With the dense­ly packed week of learn­ing, I’ve hard­ly spent time out­side admir­ing the fall colours. This is mere­ly a taste of what the #greatsmoky­moun­tains have to offer around this time of year. – – –

@visitmysmokies #greatsmoky­moun­tain­na­tion­al­park #gatlin­burg #ten­nessee #tn #fall #autumn #leaves

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Coal, Coke, Clink­er, Kit­ten, Cartwright.

For those of you who have nev­er had the plea­sure of burn­ing coal fires, here are a few tid­bits you may find inter­est­ing.
Coal, or green coal like the stuff pic­tured in the bot­tom left, is found in lay­ers or seams under­ground much like oil. This part, you prob­a­bly know.. Dif­fer­ent seams, even those found with­in the same moun­tain, have vary­ing degrees of qual­i­ty due to dif­fer­ences in chem­i­cal com­po­si­tion, and impu­ri­ties they con­tain.
Green coal is burned pret­ty much as it was found under­ground, but bro­ken into small­er pieces. When it begins to burn, it lets off a thick, white or yel­low­ish smoke until a bit of heat is gen­er­at­ed, after which the amount of smoke reduces sig­nif­i­cant­ly.
At this point Breeze Coke starts to devel­op when the bitu­men in the coal starts melt­ing. It becomes unbe­liev­ably sticky and clumps togeth­er in a burn­ing mass. This is actu­al­ly rel­a­tive­ly use­ful depend­ing on how you need to heat your met­al.
Once a fire has been burn­ing for a bit and becomes hot enough, the bitu­men is burned off com­plete­ly, leav­ing behind Coke, a much lighter prod­uct that bears a resem­blance to lava rock. Coke burns hot­ter than green coal, and is what’s ulti­mate­ly respon­si­ble for gen­er­at­ing the heat required to heat our steel to forg­ing tem­per­a­tures.

The clink­er, Pic­tured in the top left, is a hard metal­lic blob of impu­ri­ties and crap from infe­ri­or coal. These ones just hap­pened to come from a mys­tery batch of nasty coal. – – – #Coal #Coke #Black­smith #Coal­Fire #Cat­sOfIn­sta­gram

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Wast­ing no time here at @arrowmont_school. Dean Alli­son (from @penlandschool) and Matt from Fire­na­tion (Firenation.com) demon­strate how to pre­pare an Algi­nate mold of a student’s hand. Sat down with these gents for a pint after class and I’m more inspired than ever to cre­ate. Sooooo look­ing for­ward to this week in the stu­dio. (@makeronthemove, I was a lit­tle green over your trip to the @jimmydiresta work­shop, but this place is pret­ty phe­nom­e­nal too. Let’s com­pare notes at the end of the week!) — #glass #glass­cast­ing #algi­nate #gatlin­burg #tn #arrow­mont #craft #art #mold #mold­mak­ing #smoothon #nofil­ter @smoothon @visitmysmokies

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Tonight’s exper­i­ment. D-ring through leather instead of sewn on top. This should give you the capa­bil­i­ty to place a D-ring at any angle on your work piece. The down­side is a dou­ble thick­ness of leather on the back­side of this con­nec­tion. Skiv­ing down the work­piece in the loop a lit­tle bit is help­ful in reduc­ing the book though.
If it was a pro­duc­tion piece I’d be tempt­ed to throw a line of stitch­ing on either side of the con­nec­tion as well. Oth­er­wise it’s like­ly to pull out under load. – – – #Leather #Leather­work #D–Ring #Exper­i­ment #Win #make­some­thing

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Today’s prod­uct. The fin­ished door han­dle. JD sug­gest­ed that I might have enough mate­r­i­al to put a scroll at either end (much to my chagrin–The mate­r­i­al was pret­ty thin and once you start mov­ing it around, you’re pret­ty much assured to wreck it if you don’t do the scroll right.) The idea, how­ev­er, was a good one. Once the sug­ges­tion was made, I had to rise to the chal­lenge.
After that was done I dug out an old grinder that I’ve nev­er tried, but dragged across the entire con­ti­nent to use at some point. Hit this with a wire wheel to pol­ish it up a lit­tle bit.

I decid­ed to install this with brass screws to pro­tect The alu­minum screen door from dam­age if it gets pulled too hard. Once I have the screws I will drill the holes and install it.
I’m pret­ty pleased with the result, what do you think? – – – #DoorHan­dle #forged #Black­smith­Made #Black­smith #Black­smithing #DIY #RVDIY #RVLiv­ing #Full-TimeRV

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Today’s project was a han­dle for the screen door on the #96bounder.
Most of the forged prod­uct you see on YouTube and here on Insta­gram are fea­tured in a stream of seem­ing­ly per­fect final prod­ucts. I want­ed to show the tri­al and error process that I went through to get this han­dle right today.

The abom­i­na­tion on the left was my first attempt. I had an idea of how I want­ed to approach the var­i­ous bends and the twist, But in the end I think I just got them in the wrong order and things went awry.

The sec­ond attempt, shown on the right, I’m much hap­pi­er with. I’ll grind them down tomor­row, to short­en them up a lit­tle, and to clean up some marks from my poor ham­mer con­trol, and to ensure that they are both the same shape. Oth­er­wise though, I’m real­ly pleased with the result.

Since I bought the #RV i’ve been con­tin­u­al­ly irri­tat­ed by the lack of safe pulling options to get the door shut. Most result in seri­ous risk of smash­ing fin­gers in the door jam! Hope­ful­ly this should fix the issue. – – – #Black­smith #Black­smithing #Forged #win #Fail #Who cares #Learn­ing #RVLife #RVLiv­ing #Full­TimeRV #RVBling #rvhacks #RVDIY #Make­Some­thing

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@aetedders stopped by the Forge today and tried her hand at black­smithing. This was the awe­some result of her first time at the fire. Very impres­sive Ash­ley! – – –

#Forge #Black­smith #Girl­Black­smith #GirlsCan­Forge #New­bie #First­Pro­ject #bled­soe #Har­lan #ken­tucky

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Got myself a brand-new toy today. I want­ed one of these torch­es for a while but when you patient­ly wait for some­thing, and tell enough peo­ple what you’re look­ing for, the bar­gains will come to you!
New hoses tomor­row, and bot­tles on the way. Now I just need to fig­ure out how to stick met­al togeth­er once I’ve cut it in to pieces.. – – – – – – #Vic­toire #Vic­tor­Cut­ting­Torch #Met­al­work #New­Toy #Oxy­Acety­lene #Mak­er #Fab­ri­ca­tor

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Hay hook.

This looks like a good black­smith project. I won­der if any­body actu­al­ly uses these to han­dle bales any­more. Does any­one think there’d be a call for a new hand­made ver­sion of these? —- #Hay­hook #Farm #FarmIm­ple­ments #FarmE­quip­ment #Black­smith #Black­smith­Pro­ject #Antique

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You prob­a­bly wouldn’t have noticed in the close-ups of the draw­er divider build, but there was a wood­en work table under the mitre box. I built that last week as well, just to have some­thing I could use to work out­side with.
The way the exter­nal stor­age bins are set up on the #96bounder leaves me with very lit­tle room under the canopy for large objects like a table. Much like the draw­er divider, most com­mer­cial tables wouldn’t fit in the bin where I want­ed this to live.
Against my bet­ter judg­ment, and because I just want­ed some­thing quick and dirty for the time being, I used the $25 [cheap Chi­nese junk] table leg kit from Lowe’s. They do well to make a table, but they make for a wob­bly work sur­face. All the same they ful­fill my need for a flat sur­face out­side for the moment. I have a few ideas on what I would do dif­fer­ent­ly next time, so when this one wears out it’s wel­come I’ll build some­thing a lit­tle more per­ma­nent. .

#DIY #RVLiv­ing #Full-TimeRV #RVLife #Full­TimeRV #LifeIn­Camp #Mak­er #Ply­wood #Wood­work­ing #Improve­ments

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