since years i wanted to see these shows there but it never did work out until last saturday.
red top mtn state park is 45 min north of atlanta. its an beautiful state park on lake allatoona. lots of trails and an great campground, swiss approved.
in that area who the park is they have had an iron ore mine and melting facility back then. from time to time they make demonstrations near the state park lodge witch is now closed. like last saturday, they did actually melt iron ore, who looks like an pcs of dirt, heated up in an spl furnance to an hot temparature to melt out the iron... that is how the whole metal work started. this process is really unique and i saw that in swiss only 2 times.
but they do not stop there. they had an foundry too in that location and they want show the people how that did work back then, if you want, for $ 7 you can buy and black mold, then carve inside the mold whatever you want, letters must me mirrored so that its readable, carving instruments they have there and you can sit down under an tent and relax by do so. in the eavening they had say 30 sutch carved molds ready, from names, symbols, lighthouses etc anything inbetween. then at 9pm, i was not there anymore, they heat up iron and pour it in your mold and then cool it down in buckets of water!
so what to do with that pcs of iron with your personal creativity? i suggest drilling an hole for an screw and then clear coat it say 3 layers so it wont rust and then screw it outside at your house or hang it inside for decoration. i allready have some ideas and will sure be back in november as they do that again, i will update the infos.
here some pics:
here they melt the iron for the molds
some of the handcarved molds
how an cast out the mold pcs of solid iron can look like
the furnance where they do the iron ore meltdown
some other test cs they did
step by step of how the material look as they do the iron ore melting
this is the rest of the ore, as the iron is melted down and separated, we swiss call that stiftenhirni, the brain of the apprentice... LOL
i was really exited and will be back to watch closer and longer. what an marvel!
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