Back at the end of June, we had the honor of attending the 2017 Bar Z Industrial Summer Bash in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.
The Bar Z Summer Bash is an event that takes place every summer and hosted by San Zinkosky of Bar Z Industrial. What makes this event unique is it brings together YouTube creators who are machinists and metal workers and their communities to one place to meet, network, and collaborate.
In our second year there, we were honored to be a main sponsor of the event. In doing so, we raffled off a 20hp AI Industrial phase converter, which found its new home in Louisiana. We also ran a raffled for those in attendance for a 10hp ADX phase converter among many other giveaways from other sponsors.
Overall, it was a great time as expected and it was also nice to meet many new people too. If you weren’t able to make it this year, we hope to see you next.
A few weeks ago some of the American Rotary team headed to Indiana to visit Dusty Hicks at his machine shop where we got some insights on machining. While we were there we also met with Richard Hicks in his blacksmith shop where he was also kind enough to take a few moments to share with us his top five tips for those who are starting out in the trade of blacksmithing and are glad to share them with you here.
Recap – Blacksmithing For Beginners:
1. Get the basic tools. These include a forge, anvil, vice, tongs, and coal. With just these tools you can learn a lot of the basics.
2. Seek advice from others. Ask questions of other blacksmiths. Find someone that has already bought too many tools and learn the importance of keeping things simple.
3. Don’t get discouraged. You will make mistakes. Like any other trade, it takes practice and repetition.
4. Get involved. Find a blacksmithing group or organization that holds meetups or conferences with teachers and demonstrators. By being around others you will be encouraged and learn from each other.
5. Be safe! There are toxic fumes that come off of galvanized steel. Learn about the materials, steel and coatings you are working with.
Dave & Dave visit famous furniture sculptor Henry Royer. Henry runs his entire shop on an American Rotary phase converter. He details some of his past experiences with other rotary-type phase converters, and gives us a tour of some of the equipment that helps him and his daughter to do their incredible art.
It was truly an honor and a lot of fun to spend so much time filming this with the Royers. We didn’t script or retake any of the footage as you will see at the end of the video when the phone rings. Keep watching, we put a fun outtake at the very end.