I've only heard of damasc steel. I've recently seen a knife that was supposed to be made out of it. It's a folding then hammering again and again? The technique only works with steel? I am small so I like to work using little stools where my feet actually touch the ground. I wish I could see a top view of the wood. Looks very comfortable. Does it wobble or not?
That's right. Damasc or pattern welded steel it's made by folding and firewelding. That means, that you make billet of two different kinds of steel. Then you heat it up in the fire until it reachs welding temperature. Then you have only seconds to carry it to the anvil and forge it together to one solid block of steel. After that you almost cut it in half and fold it. then you repeat the process until you reach the number of layers you want.
There exists a similar technique for nobel metals. It's called MokumeGane and belongs to the soldering techniques, while Damasc is a welding technique, but the outcome can look similar.
The stool stands firm on the ground and won't wooble around.
Thank-you for the lesson. I also passed the information on to my son who is interested in such things. I'm facinated with Mokume Gane too. It's on the project list for our lapidary club to try. If you ever get tired of that stool...let me know!
Wow. How long is the damascus circle around the chair? Very nice work - though i must say that i personally would have made about hundred other things from that steel before stool
Personally i just had awful exp with damassteel - i think i tried to forge it to hot and it broke like sugar - most difficult material i have ever worked with (when its bit colder its tough like a - what ever is very tough). Ill go and try second time next week - hopefully i'll do better
The Circle is almost one meter long if you'd open the ring and roll it out. Well I would have made other things from it to but for the Journeyman exam you need to build a journeyman piece in a very specified theme area and you need to get five forging techniques into the construction. This year was it folding stool and I needed the Damasc to get three techniques with one piece. It's quite normal for any steel to break if it gets too hot. Just keep trying my friend.
Thank you very much. Well I don't have a picture of it while it's folded, but I can take one when I want. The legs are connected throug a joint at the crosspoint of the legs. And one is conected with the Seat-surface through a long-hole and a screw.