<<< AND they (medieval) measured everything by volume which mucked with the systems and made the smelting technology >>>
What are you basing this statement on? I think I remember numerous examples of both food items and fine metals being measured by weight.
<<< I so want to smelt some Iron. >>>
So what is keeping you from doing it? I know it has been done multiple times at Pennsic. I attended one smelting job, or at least the firing up and the starting of the smelting. I don't think I got back the next day to see the result when the smelter was cracked open.
<<< About ready to throw in the towel on finding ore and buying some Iron oxide used in clay glazes ant trying to make some fake ore. >>>
Why would you want to make "fake ore" when the real stuff is available?
Here is one story I saved about a smelting experiment at Pennsic. Unfortunately, this particular story is a bit short on technical details, but that wasn't the reason that this story was related.
P-tale-MWIFO-art (23K) 8/26/96 Making Wrought Iron from Ore at Pennsic 24.
I am on the East Kingdom Metalsmiths list. Would you like me to ask there whether anyone has a source of iron ore and in what grades?
I'm not sure which kingdom William the Smith is in, but I think he was part of the group running the smelter that I watched at Pennsic.
On Oct 1, 2013, at 12:43 AM, Jerry Harder <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> He didn't say much about the pieces of metal he put into the crucible. I assume they were from the bloom iron- the spongy mass of glass and iron that is the normal product of smelting back then. Repeated forge welding this mass produced wrought iron which had the slag inclusions they were talking about that were in common swords of the time.. This Iron can have any level of carbon content which is controlled by the % iron in the ore and the amount or ratio of charcoal to ore ratio (by weight) and probably by some of the dynamic particulars of the furnace dimensions. So How did he (and they) determine how much carbon to put in and what was his final carbon content of the sword he recreated? They didn't say. Of course in medieval times, they could not have known this type of data, AND they (medieval) measured everything by volume which mucked with the systems and made the smelting technology not very transportable. As far as proof of Frankish origin, I think the video said that the word Ulfberht was of Frankish origin, but that how and where they were made and by who (over 200 yeas time) was the big misery. - I so want to smelt some Iron. About ready to throw in the towel on finding ore and buying some Iron oxide used in clay glazes ant trying to make some fake ore.
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