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    Tatara or Crucible?

    So now that the forge is complete, the next step for me is to make some steel. I am undecided as to which way to go, whether using a tatar a type design or go with a foundry/crucible approach. It seem a bit more difficult to go with a crucible considering that I am using raw iron ore. Any comments or suggestions/pointer is greatly appreciated!
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    Admittedly I am not familiar with the tatara process, never done it, never seen it. Just read the Wikipedia entry is all. But I don't know why one would go that route other than nostalgia.

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    Thanks for the reply. With the crucible direction it seems wise for the fact it would be reusable. I'm just concerned about carbon content in the finished product.
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    I think Delbert Ealy has actually participated in making Tamahagane, maybe you should ask him.
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    Either method can produce very usable steel. Both methods are a ton of work even if you have access to power hammer and press. One thing to consider with a crucible, is that for the steel to show the pattern in the final product, the ingot has to be worked slowly and at a pretty low heat and still may fall apart. For the tatara getting the right amount of carbon in the final product can take some experimentation and experiance. Neither is an easy road but it looks intersting, good luck. If you try it out, please post pics!

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    I take it this is a just-because-I-can approach rather than buying good steel? That is not a criticism, I have longed to build a cupola in my back yard for the same reason.

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    Thanks for all of the input everyone. It is mostly a situation of seeing if I can do it. Also the Iron ore that I have is from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where I used to live, so it's partly spiritual too. When I get it going I will definitely post a WIP. Thanks again all!
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    heath there are some you tube videos on tatara making
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    heath there are some you tube videos on tatara making
    I've seen a few of them. Very interesting. I have yet to see any on crucible though I have not searched too hard. Still can't figure out how to get the carbon for the iron into the mix going crucible method.
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