Student Project &
Research Symposium

Oral
Presentation

Student Project &
Research Symposium

Poster
Presentation

Student Project &
Research Symposium

Performance

Student Project &
Research Symposium

Exhibition

10:55 AM - 11:15 AM
College Center 312
A Hobbyist's Approach to Blacksmithing in the 21st Century
Stuart Shin
Date:
April 22nd, 2022
Division:
Mathematics and Sciences
Department:
Mentor:
Angelo Esposito
Mentor's e-mail:
aesposito1@occ.cccd.edu
Author's e-mail:
sshin33@student.cccd.edu
Presentation Slides
Abstract:

The purpose of this research project is to showcase the craft of blacksmithing from the perspective of a modern hobbyist. This is achieved through the detailing of common projects, both decorative and practical, along with tools, and techniques. Methods such as: forging using a hardened-face anvil, heating with a coke-based oxygen-fed forge, annealing, and hardening in liquids were used. Steel with a carbon content of 0.95% were used to forge tools such as punches and knives, and steel with a carbon content of 0.05–0.30% were chosen for projects that do not require hardening. Steel that needed to be hardened was quenched, or dipped, into water while at a critical temperature. Hammering was done with a cross-pein hammer with a flat face in order to properly shape the metal. An additional purpose of this project is to show how prominent blacksmithing techniques that involve the manipulation of chemical structures such as heat treating, annealing, and quenching, connect to modern engineering processes in metalworking.

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