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Joe Sandor and the crew from Chicago Crucible demonstrate an iron pour at Maker Faire Detroit 2011. These metalheads collected metal from old radiators and coke from a Detroit power plant and then fired up the furnace. They poured the molten steel into a watermelon and other decorative molds, which were created at the Faire. Learn more about the lost art of the iron pour.

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Dangerous Prototypes made a nice post about the pour with more pictures.

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Becky Stern

Becky Stern is head of wearable electronics at Adafruit Industries. Her personal site: sternlab.org


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  1. I’m part of Pumping Station:One in Chicago and wanted to metnion in addition to all these cool goings on, PS:One now has a propane forge, and basic blacksmithing set up.

    Some of the stuff I’ve made (including the forge) can be found with some instruction on my blog: http://www.twopiecesofeight.com/archives/tag/blacksmithing

  2. I’m part of Pumping Station:One in Chicago and wanted to metnion in addition to all these cool goings on, PS:One now has a propane forge, and basic blacksmithing set up.

    Some of the stuff I’ve made (including the forge) can be found with some instruction on my blog: http://www.twopiecesofeight.com/archives/tag/blacksmithing

  3. I’m part of Pumping Station:One in Chicago and wanted to metnion in addition to all these cool goings on, PS:One now has a propane forge, and basic blacksmithing set up.

    Some of the stuff I’ve made (including the forge) can be found with some instruction on my blog: http://www.twopiecesofeight.com/archives/tag/blacksmithing