For those interested in the book Master Gerald mentioned, I will warn you
that it is a fairly intensive scientific and engineering laden work.  The
author approaches his subject as though publishing for a professional
journal. It is written on the Master's thesis level, regularly making
reference to other research papers in the discussion of the chapter topic.

While it is a small book, it is NOT a light read. It is a technical report
on a series of experiments attempting to recreate results by replicating
performance via remodeled equipment.

If you are not comfortable reading for hours on end about (air flow rate) x
(carbon % content) x (chunk size) / (ore mineral % values) x (oven
dimension configuration) vs teuere placement/ stack height, this is NOT a
book you will finish. It is HIGHLY technical, exactly the opposite of the
PBS episode which started this conversation.

It was written on a professional metalurgist level. I have four semesters
of Material Science engineering studies, and even I had trouble following
at times.

be warned. The hardback copy runs $80 on Amazon.


On Wed, Oct 2, 2013 at 2:26 PM, Stefan li Rous
<[log in to unmask]>wrote:

> Greetings Master Gerald,
> On Oct 2, 2013, at 4:00 AM, Jerry Harder <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > That little brazerů
> What "little brazer"?
> Was this an A&S project?
> Is there a write-up on this that would be of interest to others?
> Would you be willing to let me consider adding it to the Florilegium? :-)
> > 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.
> Although it sounds like you've already done a lot of research on glue,
> here is what I've collected over the years on period glues. Perhaps it
> might be of use.
> glues-msg (33K) 8/ 4/99 Medieval glues and pastes. Recipes.
> >  Attached is my wright-up on glue.  I hope it helps you in some way.
> Argh. I think the list stripped out the attachment. Could you please send
> me a copy at: [log in to unmask] ?
> >  I would love to have some of the ore you mention.
> I posted a request on the EK Metalsmiths list as to whether anyone had a
> source.
> > 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.
> That seems to be about the volume I remember seeing folks use. I have no
> idea what the percentage of iron in their ore was.
> Stefan
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