I am a long time reader but this is my first posting. I’ve been a
beader for about 12 years and am now taking the leap into working
with metals. I’m primarily self taught but have taken a few
workshops on basics.
Anyway, because of how my house is set up I’m going to have to
divide my workshop a bit. I’ll be able to do a lot of the work in my
basement, but I’m going to have to do my soldering and casting
outside. I am primarily going to do soldering, but plan to do some
basic broom casting, etc. for fun. I plan on having a 10x10 canopy
with at least one vinyl wall set up to cut down on wind and direct
I have a few questions for you:
(1) What recommendations do you have on tools?? I’m planning on
oxy-propane. Is that a good idea?? Are there certain things I should
avoid because I’ll be working outdoors?
(2) Every part of the work station is going to have to be portable.
I live in Wisconsin so I will have to put everything away for
about?half the year (maybe 5 months if I’m lucky!). What
complications do you think I will encounter, if any?
(3) Have any of you done soldering/casting outside?? If so, what
tips and techniques can you share?
If this has been brought up in the past, I apologize. I’d greatly
appreciate any advice you can give!? Thank you for all of your
contributions over the years. I have learned a great deal from you