That little brazer... has evolved to a large interest in glue.  I think 
(at least I have been told)  that fish glue may have been used for 
arrows in those of the Mary Roze.  Hide glue and cheese glue will not 
glue bone-They will peal out from between slices like cellophane, , but 
fish glue does and does it well.  I had suspected it would work for 
arrows but not tried it yet.  Attached is my wright-up on glue.  I hope 
it helps you in some way.  I would love to have some of the ore you 
mention.  I think about a 5 gallon bucket full would be needed to do a 
batch.  I don't have numbers bur 100 lb ore at 60% iron by weight might 
make 30 lbs of bloom which would not be all iron.  I just found out 
tonight that there is a yahoo group dedicated to smelting, and so after 
2-3 years of wishing, all kinds of info is avalancheing in. I highly 
recommend a a book called:

  The Mastery and Uses of Fire in Antiquity Paperback By J.E. Rehder

You will learn a lot about smelting there.

Master Gerald.

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On 10/1/2013 1:39 AM, Kazimierz Verkmastare wrote:
> Gerald
> It is an absolute joy to read you thinking in print.  I know that lots 
> of folks around me just look at me and blink repeatedly as if to say 
> 'dude, you are putting WAAAYYYYY too much thought into this game' when 
> I start talking about the technology of instruments, especially 
> strings, back then.  And when I look at say, the fractured head end of 
> a Russian Gusli as photographed, and look at the rest of the 
> instrument, and then blurt out "That thing was never finished, it was 
> not buried after years of use.  The builder got too enthusiastic, did 
> the detail carving before he bored the holes, then when he bored the 
> peg holes a hidden flaw caused a fracture he could not fix, and in a 
> fit of frustration he smashed the thing against his workbench and 
> threw it in the scrap pile while he went off to start the commission 
> over" people just smirk and say 'How do you know that?'.  I answer 
> "Because I am a Russian instrument builder, here is an instrument like 
> that one, notice the same break and missing piece?  If it were just 
> the break, that would be one thing.  But the secret is in the piece 
> that is broken off!  I hadn't seen that photograph when I got 
> frustrated and smashed that one and threw it in the scrap pile before 
> going off to start the commission again."
> Almost everything you question ends up with 'So I want to (fill in the 
> blank)'.  I have seen so many academics and professionals turn their 
> noses up at practical evidencial theories in lieu of Sherlockian 
> deduction, which would likely work if it was not applied through the 
> filter of such narrow focus and skewed to the predetermined desired 
> results.  Yours is a journey of discovery, and as I am on a similar 
> journey I so appreciate you advancing questions that are more in-depth 
> than most would ask, and doing so in the middle of the public forum. 
>  It is inspirational and at times motivational.
> I can't help, even in my low level of Kingdom participation, reward 
> that kind of ambition.  And that ambition has, in at least one case 
> (period fletching attachment using pitch and rosin before tying - you 
> started it with that little brazier we sat around and fiddled with for 
> hours, I have advanced the science a bit using verdigris to keep the 
> bugs out and figuring how to strip feathers to keep the pith off and 
> only the skin of the quill on for better adhesion) directly affected 
> me and a thing I very much enjoy.  So I will try to help you in this.
> I have family visiting back around my ancestral home in Pennsylvania, 
> some of the richest iron ore deposits this country has are there.  I 
> will try to see if they can bring back some useful amount, or arrange 
> to get it from some of the family friends who are still involved in 
> the local mines (slow as they now are, they are NOT completely shut down).
> If I can get some I will arrange to get it to you.  I really hope I 
> can.  The Journeyman bladesmith who lives across the street from me 
> showed me that video a while back, and we have been trying to decide 
> how to do such a project, maybe a smaller blade but the same 
> technique.  In this case you are a motivator.
> Kaz
> > 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.
> >
> > Master Gerald
> >
> >
> > On 9/26/2013 9:23 AM, Jenna wrote:
> >> So, how many people spent 55 minutes drooling in front of "Secret
> >> of the Viking Sword" on PBS last night?  The joy I experienced
> >> was great.
> >>
> >> I for one must firmly disagree with any scholars who think that
> >> the crosses in the inlaid name on the blade prove the blades were
> >> of Frankish origin.  The fact that these magnificent high-tech
> >> blades have only been found in Norse sites pretty much negates
> >> that theory in my mind.  I should delight to hear discussion on
> >> this and other matters related to the program and that lovely,
> >> wovely, gorgeous sword.
> >>
> >> Jenna