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Volume 17 - Page 4 of 13 March 4, 2000
Colonial Williamsburg Virginia - Continued
Strikers were the rule of the day in Colonial era shops. Yes, doing it by hand was the norm, but today labor (including yours) is too expensive to use for work that a simple machine can do.

Here a 3/4" bar is having a weld dressed out of position. You do what you have to do when the iron is hot! space

bellows A Row of Bellows looking like something from Diderots. Pehaps TOO much. These bellows look perfect but in operation were rather clumsy. The boards and valves are much to heavy and the stroke to short. The heavy valves are noisy and slow.

A short stroke on the bellows means short rapid pulls for the smith rather than long smooth rythmic ones. Longer stroke also means more expansion volume of the upper chambre and more reserve air.

I was lucky when I built mine and hit what I think was a perfect balance.

bellows 4c A Typical Hazzard to bellows is someone manuvering with a long bar of steel. . . You shouldn't need to ask how holes got punctured in this one. These patches need to be sewn with a sewing awl.
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