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Wednesday, September 22Saturday, September 25
9:00am - 4:00pm


North House Folk School
North House Folk School
West Highway 61, Grand Marais, MN
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Wayne Potratz
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Smelting workshop making high carbon steel from Minnesota magnetite iron ore.  Two smelts in 4 days: Brick Tatara and Clay Viking Short Stack. In this unique experience, Wayne will lead students in building two types of smelting furnaces, a Viking-era style furnace and a brick hybrid furnace, then use them to make steel through the direct reduction of Minnesota Magnetite Iron ore into high-carbon steel. Additionally the workshop will build small “Aristotle-style” furnaces to consolidate some of the smaller bits of steel produced into more workable blooms. The resulting steel blooms can be consolidated and hammered into billets suitable for tool and blade making. This course will be of interest to knife-makers, blacksmiths, sculptors, metallurgists, and students of the history of technology. Each student should come away with a piece of high carbon steel in an amount suitable for a small blade or other tool.

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