This Steel Bar Gets Heated Up in Only 12 Seconds Using an Induction Forge
Heating up steel in order to bend and shape it takes an inordinate amount of energy. Traditionally this was created by solid fuel burning fires.
But now modern blacksmiths use gas or induction forges to safely and quickly heat their metals. In this great video from Timothy Miller he demonstrates his induction forge to heat a section of mild steel in order to hammer it into a shape.
The forge is incredibly impressive in heating the metal with speed and efficiency. But what is an induction heater or forge?
Wikipedia describes induction heating as ‘the process of heating an object by electromagnetic induction, through heat generated in the object by eddy currents.’ A metal induction forge can typically heat metal to 1,100 and 1,200 °C (2,010 and 2,190 °F) in a short period of time.
If you are curious about modern blacksmithing, Miller is just one of many modern blacksmiths keen to share and show off their techniques. There is a catalog of YouTube videos online that show a myriad of processes from heating steel to hammering techniques.
Blacksmithing is enjoying a revival at the moment with many people looking for objects that have been handcrafted and come with a guarantee they’ll last a long time. Modern blacksmithing is able to produce wonderful results without the danger and unpredictability of using solid fuel fires.
Via: Timothy Miller