The results of the first attempted burn of the D.I.Y. charcoal retort were not as impressive as expected but seem to be on the right track. Yesterday morning I picked up some nice cut-offs of spruce, cedar, and fir from Chris and… Continue reading
“Charcoal!”, he retorted. This is my first foray into high-tech low-tech clean charcoal production but I am stoked to try it out. For background information on fuel alternatives, see the post entitled: Sustainable ‘Smithing?. For this project, I visited the good folks… Continue reading
Built a reclaimed fir boardwalk at the front of the shop, installed the leg vise and post drill, and built the charcoal retort, beta version.
Spent most of the morning rebuilding a hand-cranked blower, hooked up a light and a power outlet, and rearranged more tools.
Installed the chimney with lots of ground help from Neido~chan, built shelves, and started to organize tool boxes and scrap steel.
Built wall racks for steel stock and cleared some of the floor space. Moved the stump and anvil into place and leveled the earth floor.
Cut down the oversized smoke hood and installed it over the forge, finished set up of the forge table and installed the firepot.
Unloaded all 4000 pounds of steel and tools, stashed most of it under cover and out of the rain. Set up the forge table and sorted tools.
After several years in Japan, it was time to pack up the tools from cold storage, dust off the anvil, set up shop on Vancouver Island, Canada, and get the fire going. We are located mid-island in the Errington, Coombs, Qualicum, Parksville area. Read more about charcoal-making and the island workshop.