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Re: making charcoal

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Debra Hense <[log in to unmask]>

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Historical Recreation in the Kingdom of Calontir <[log in to unmask]>

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Thu, 3 Oct 2013 10:05:25 -0500

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A finer, softer, charcoal can also be made from grapevine vines.
Surround with clay and pop in the fire until done - usually an hour or
so later. It takes some experimenting.

Kateryn

On 10/3/13, john heitman <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> ah, but they DO do it alone. textile people are a little more nuts than we
> are. And while it is nice to have many people, one person can do all this.
> They just have to have time.
>
>
>
> On Wed, Oct 2, 2013 at 8:17 PM, Stefan li Rous
> <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
>
>> Franz replied to me with:
>>
>> On Oct 2, 2013, at 5:12 PM, john heitman <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>
>> you know the thing about a hobby is that you have time to do things.
>> There isn't any rush on any of this. Which is why it is fun.
>>
>>
>> Correct. My concern would be to be able to make sure each step was done
>> well enough, before going on to the next. I'd hate to see everyone get
>> weeks into the project and find out it failed because the charcoal made
>> in
>> step one wasn't completely dry enough or whatever and ruined step four or
>> whatever.
>>
>> But by making sure each step is done sufficiently before moving on, and
>> by
>> spreading this over multiple weeks, that helps keep you from rushing on
>> and
>> "hoping this will do". You can redo a step or go buy charcoal in this
>> case.
>>
>> If you enjoy making the raw materials or tools needed for your later
>> "main" experiment, than by all means, do so!
>>
>>
>> locate the wood as waste wood. have a lumber mill across the river who
>> GAVE us massive amounts of edge bark cuts for the William Marshal event.
>> All we had to do was come get it. We got three trailers full. That would
>> make a quality Friday to Sunday char of quality hardwood.
>>
>>
>> That is the kind of wood scraps that my household has often got for
>> Pennsic, by the pickup truck load. I'm not sure what the effect, if any,
>> is of the high amount of bark.
>>
>> Depending upon the size of the wood pile, I'm not sure you can construct
>> it, cover it with dirt and burn it in two days. The article I showed,
>> also
>> built a rock oven around the wood pieces. The medieval charcoallers took
>> much longer, but there piles of wood were larger.
>>
>> A second weekend or so would be the construction of the oven. Two day job
>> max. There is another weekend.
>>
>>
>> The Pennsic folks seem to build their oven in less than a day. You do
>> need
>> to find some good clay, also.
>>
>> A day trip to Ironton to get the ore. make that a third saturday.
>>
>> A Great Smelt Weekend after all things have been assembled and gathered
>> in
>> one place.
>>
>> And a fifth weekend to actually work the resulting iron on the anvil.
>>
>>
>> I think this is where the Pennsic efforts have usually fallen short of
>> time. Bring in newbie blacksmiths. :-) Lots of simple pounding and switch
>> off as folks get tired. THIS is why they started developing water-driven
>> hammers when they could. :-)
>>
>>
>> And if it takes a year to get everybody and everything together, who
>> cares? those who are truly desirous will be involved over several years
>> if
>> need be. Those who expect to get it all done in a day aren't fully vested
>> in the total experience.
>>
>> Gerald is STILL working on the Great Machine how many years later? I am
>> in year one of a five year orchard/vinyard/garden project.
>>
>>
>> And unfortunately, I've not seen it. :-( Only sparse descriptions. He
>> declares he isn't a good writer. Someone please work with him and create
>> an article or series of articles on it. With pictures, preferably. I'd
>> really like to have this in the Florilegium!
>>
>> We joke about sheep to shawl projects, but it takes nine months to grow
>> the wool, another day to wash and comb it. Another two days to dye and
>> dry.
>> Two to three days MINIMUM to spin, and another week to warp the loom.
>> Add
>> at least a week to weave and a day to sew.
>>
>>
>> I think the bigger point is that no one person did all of this
>> themselves.
>> It was done by a series of craftsmen.
>>
>>
>> If you do all this in your spare time, it adds up to several months at
>> least. Which is why the result is so impressive. True craftsmen
>> recognize
>> the amount of effort that goes into the total project.
>>
>>
>> And sometimes they give up, first. I thought it would be great to make
>> coopered barrels. Then I researched how they had to be cut (radially, not
>> saw cut) and how they have to be carved to curve in all three dimensions.
>> And fit together very tightly if you want a container for liquids. And
>> gave
>> up. For now.
>>
>>
>> iow, IF we started gathering everything in the next couple weeks, we
>> would
>> be ready to actually work the homemade iron at Metal and Glass next
>> September. It would be a nice comparison between "periodesque" iron and
>> modern steel.
>>
>>
>> This would be wonderful. Please write things down and take photos, so
>> those of us who can't attend can enjoy some of the fun also. Even if we
>> can't swing a hammer from Ansteorra.
>>
>> Stefan
>>
>>
>> Franz
>>
>>
>>
>> On Wed, Oct 2, 2013 at 4:28 PM, Stefan li Rous
>> <[log in to unmask]
>> > wrote:
>>
>>> Alban declared:
>>> <<< Make charcoal? I've never seen anyone make it outside of
>>> professionals
>>> and long-time re-enactors of the sort who work full-time at
>>> Williamsburg.
>>> I suspect it'd take more than one or two days to make the stuff. >>>
>>>
>>> You know, some of those SCA guys do the weirdest things. . .
>>>
>>> In the CRAFTS section of the Florilegium:
>>> Mkng-Charcoal-art (20K) 1/ 2/10 "Making Charcoal" by Viscount Sir Corin
>>> Anderson (KSCA, OP).
>>> http://www.florilegium.org/files/CRAFTS/Mkng-Charcoal-art.html
>>>
>>> Still, this need not be a sheep-to-shawl type thing. I would find a
>>> source of good hardwood charcoal and buy that for your iron smelting
>>> experiment(s). Then at another time, do a charcoal making experiment
>>> and
>>> write it up for the Florilegium, so we have two to compare against. :-)
>>>
>>> Stefan
>>> --------
>>> THLord Stefan li Rous Barony of Bryn Gwlad Kingdom of Ansteorra
>>> Mark S. Harris Austin, Texas
>>> [log in to unmask]
>>> http://www.linkedin.com/in/marksharris
>>> **** See Stefan's Florilegium files at: http://www.florilegium.org ****
>>>
>>
>>
>>
>

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