The importance of a good bellows

Ancient civilizations fascinate me. Ten thousand years ago, laws governing inheritance, property rights, adoptions and more were carved in stone on the Isle of Crete — literally carved in stone. Making multiple copies would have been quite a chore.

There were gods for every occupation, and I’ve always appreciated the Greek and Roman gods of blacksmithing.

A recent coincidence has convinced me I should be thanking one of them.

To get a hot enough fire to heat iron to the point where it loses its tensile strength (1,400 degrees Fahrenheit), you need to either use charcoal or coal.

Charcoal is made by burning wood at a temperature that leaves the carbon and eliminates elements that burn at lower temperatures. Then the charcoal is used to heat iron.

It was the making of charcoal that led to the deforestation of much of Greece and led to its use of stone in building, but that’s not the point.

The point is that whether you are using coal or charcoal, you need to blow a lot of air onto it to get the most heat out of it.

Concert Hall Organs: Some Thoughts

  1. The band – which includes Joe 'Blower' Garvey on guitar, Mark King on guitar, Mike Rodden on bass, along with Hanson – released its debut “Extreme Behavior” in 2005, followed by 2008's “Take It to the Limit,” 2010's “All American Nightmare,” and 2012's
  2. An electric forge blower supplied the wind, and the console was both miniaturized and mobile. Although Hutchings continued to build smaller instruments of more traditional construction, it was organs such as Mission Church's that naturally gained the 
  3. Children at Saltford Primary School had the chance to try out blacksmithing and woodworking thanks to a project focusing on extra-curricular activities. Through The Valley Added Project, local schools team up with businesses to organise opportunities

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