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Ep 94 JayBurn Journal "Pattern Forge Welding"
Hey there, it’s Vic, welcome to the show and thank you for tuning in this week, you guys! It’s episode #94 and this year I’ve decided to read some technical articles written by Jay Burnham-Kidwell. A resident of Arizona, Jay is the owner of Metal Design and Restoration. Since 1974, he has worked in various mediums and exhibited his work throughout the world. He works as a studio artist, lecturer, and demonstrator in all kinds of metalsmithing including jewelry, copper hollow forms, and blacksmithing. I met Jay at the ABANA conference last summer in Salt Lake City Utah and we hit it off right away as if we’d known each other for a long time, I think that’s how Jay is with everyone. He mentioned he had more than 40 articles that he had written for various magazines such as the Anvils Ring and Anvil Magazine, and he would be happy to share them with me so I could share them with you on the podcast. I’m going to call these technical podcasts “The JayBurn Journals” and I’ll sprinkle them throughout the year. So today is episode #94 and it’s a JayBurn Journal titled “Pattern Forge Welding”. I picked this particular article because “JayBurn” will be teaching a Damascus workshop at Adam’s Forge in LA California January 21 & 22. You can find more info on the www.adamsforge.org website. Show Notes: Pattern forge welding, aka “Damascus Steel” is an offshoot of the traditional forge welding of the blacksmith craft. The original material was known as “Wootz”. The result of the “Wootz” process was a weapon grade steel of good flexibility and edge holding capability. Austenite is an alloy of iron and carbon is part of a crystallization process that occurs in the Wootz process of cooling. Materials used: Wrought Iron – almost pure iron, easily welded with a high phosphorous content L-6 – a low alloy, chrome-nickel steel used in large saw blades, exhibits good forge welds to other metals 15N20 – a medium carbon steel that produces a high contract with other steels due to its high nickel content 1095 – a high carbon steel frequently used on tools and applications in industry 4140 – a low carbon chromium-vanadium alloy of toughness, used for hammer dies, punches and car axles W-2 – a high carbon steel commonly used in toolmaking, particularly in fi