This intermediate level class will cover the forge welding, patterning, and finishing of Mosaic Damascus using propane forges and powered forging equipment. Participants must have prior basic pattern welding experience or at least extensive forge welding experience, a familiarity with the safe use of power hammers and/or forging presses.
Topics that will be covered will include
- Forge design, atmosphere, and temperature
- Billet set-up and preparation for successful welding
- Fluxed and flux-less welding
- Deliberate pattern manipulation
- In process cleaning and preparation
- Re-stacking and re-orientation
- Forging on the bias and end grain pattern development
- Other general mosaic and pattern welding concepts
Participants will be provided two pre-cleaned and stacked 22–26 layer billets constructed of 15N20 and 1095 (approximately 2 ¾ lbs each) with 1/2” stubs attached. This will be more material than will be able to be completed in the allotted time, but it will ensure that participants will not run out of material to work on during the class. If successfully completed, each participant will leave with a finished mosaic billet and a partially completed billet.