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Miscellaneous

Iron in the hat
A traditional blacksmithing fund-raiser. Members bring tools, materials, or other items to each meeting. These are all placed on a common table, and tickets are sold for a drawing. The holder of the first ticket drawn may select the item of their choice from the table, and drawing continues until all items have been taken. The proceeds go (in our case) to the building fund; the origin of the name "Iron in the hat" is obscure.

Forge terms

Red heat
Orange heat
White heat
Black heat
Cherry heat
Sweating heat
Light sparking heat
Coal
Coke
Charcoal
Clinkers
Firepot
Grate
Tueyre
Blower
Bellows

Tools

Flux
Hardie
Fuller
Hot cut
Cold cut
Cross pein hammer
Straight peen hammer
Ball pein hammer
Turning hammer
Raising hammer
Flatter
Sets
Punches
Nail header
Tongs (MANY kinds)
Swage block
A block of metal, essentially a square of several inches depth, which has numerous grooves and depressions into which metal can be driven. Swage blocks are used to work iron into specialized shapes. The edges of swage blocks usually have round slots in incremented sizes, while theirfaces have depressions suitable for beating sheet metal into spoons, ladles and similar shapes.

Parts of the anvil

Horn
Face
Step
Waist
Hardie hole
Pritchell hole
Basin foot
Clipping horn
Ear
Shelf
Stump

Metalworking Operations

Drawing out
Upsetting
Forge welding
Fullering
Slitting
Swaging
Quenching
Hardening
Drifting
Punching


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