Welcome to eplaya. Iâ€™m going to wholeheartedly encourage your setting up a camp to do smithing. robotland (heâ€™s on the board from time to time) and I talked about doing a Village Smithy a couple of years ago. He a whitesmith and I a blacksmith. Then we both got our hands full with other projects and it never materialized.
I have tossed the idea around of bringing a forge setup (including power hammer) to the playa, but logistically, it just wouldnâ€™t work for me now, since Iâ€™ve got an art car thing that is my Burning Man focus and it alone is a trailer full.
If you (and whoever else) were to set up a camp, I promise you itâ€™d be a hit. Youâ€™d have people wanting to play and learn at every moment you were willing to do it. And youâ€™d have plenty of folks willing to pitch in and help.
As to the coal thingâ€¦
It is messy to clean up for sure, but Iâ€™m going to encourage you to work with propane for a different reason. The way coal is being mined currently is really just awful. And as much as I love the smell of it burning, behind that smell I detect the scent of the destroyed mountains of my old east Kentucky home. Itâ€™s a very bittersweet smell to meâ€¦
I like the idea of adding steam to the camp. There are a number of steampunks and gear-heads on the playa (and eplaya) who would probably jump at the chance to help you make things move and smack metal. The project Iâ€™m working on will have a PTO, actually. Hereâ€™s a link to the last few pages of a thread showing the finished project
. Lots of the parts of this project were forged out in shop, including the 120 pound flywheel. And hereâ€™s the thread for this year,
documenting the steam engine upgrade. Come over and chime in.
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