In our industry, fire is most often used to refine, purify or harden. The key is control and using temperatures appropriate for the specific processes. When fire is out of control, however, destruction ensues.
You may recall seeing some images from the Somerset, Pa., crash site in the days following September 11. Shortly after the crash, an American flag was raised on the top of a dragline crane used for mining coal in the area. The equipment and the flag became a symbol of the effort in Somerset.
The beautiful powder flasks seen in this blog are the result of a dedication of time and talent and a labor of love. These are not historic artifacts from a bygone era, but artisans manufacture them using techniques similar to those utilized by craftsmen over 200 years ago.
Carbon nanotubes (CNT) have probably existed longer than we are aware, but the invention of the transmission electron microscope (TEM) allowed them to be seen for the first time. The initial buzz associated with CNT resulted after the 1991 discovery of multi-walled CNT in the insoluble material of arc-burned graphite rods.
One look at this month’s photo reveals the subject – stained glass. Like many of our topics, this one has a history. Unlike many, this history is impressive. Some things come and go with time, but the appeal of stained glass has remained. Many craftsmen today are dedicating their labors to restoring old stained-glass windows so that generations to come can enjoy their beauty.
There’s nothing quite like a bicycle ride in the country on a nice autumn day. Not all bikes are created equal, however. Heat treatment and material selection are the key variables in bicycle frames. We will do our best to sort it out for you.
Cast iron cookware is having a bit of a renaissance. This is likely spurred by its regular use on the Food Network, but cast iron offers several benefits not available with other cookware options. Before we discuss this in more depth, let’s look at what it takes to get that frying pan into your hot little hands.
It’s possible you have heard of Damascus steel, particularly if you are familiar with old swords, knives and guns. A book, The Art and Beauty of Damascus Steel, has been written on the subject. While this treatment of the topic might not do the book justice, Damascus steel is quite beautiful and holds much mystery.