Forging Metals the Old-Fashioned Way

Malleable casting is probably not a word you heard in welding school when you were learning to operate the coolest new welding supplies from Miller Welders in Atlanta, GA. Malleable casting, machine molding, and core making are a few techniques from the old school of machining metals. In the modern workshops, welders from do-it-yourselfers to professionals such as pipefitters and fabricators might use related methods of pouring molten metals into usable shapes. Then as welders we can join these shapes together with the appropriate welding equipment and voila, the cooperation between the forge and the joiner of weldments continues into the present day.


From an old casting guidebook, we can observe how things were done in the early industrial days. How does this process look compared to modern methods of crafting in your shop? “A gang of men take the charging truck and raise the lever, let the two prongs down to their lowest position and run the truck under the pot.” After catching in the right spot, just draw down the lever to catch it under a hook “lifting the prongs high enough to raise the pot off the floor. The truck is now pushed into the oven and the pot lowered in the position. Six men are usually required for this operation.” Be sure, the writer warns us, to make the ‘truck’ long enough so that it can reach to the back of the furnace while also sticking out the front end so the workers can “remove the last row of pots from the oven while it is still very hot, without being burned.”


Well that sounds like a blast, but we doubt many of these brave metalsmiths had the protective gear we take for granted in our welding shops, like heat-resistant gloves, smocks and helmets, not to mention proper ventilation! For all the protective gear, including the PPE you need to stay safe in the modern pandemic-era workshop, Sidney Lee Welding Supply Co has the welding supplies you want in five stores in the Atlanta, GA region!