There’s a spot behind the building that we discussed setting up for blacksmithing, casting, and other hot work… Currently it is uneven dirt with grass, and mostly used by random people who are not members of the makerspace to smoke, hang out, and do illicit activities. We’d like to put a stop to that.
In order to turn it into a good hot-work area though, we’d need to grade the dirt, put down some sort of fire-protective surface, build a sheltered area, and secure it with a fence of some sort. Probably a fence topped with wire, since we’d have liability issues if we had a kiln or furnace in there… That sort of gear stays hot for many hours. We can’t have it exposed to random people going back there for a smoke and burning themselves on a glass-melting hot kiln. We also need anything out there to not get stolen or exposed to thermal shock (leaking roof etc) Dripping water into a pot of molten metal is incredibly dangerous.
Conclusion we came to back in August when some of the MËtÄL! room folks discussed it was that it would have to wait until next summer at least. Combination of funds, time, supplies, and better use of our efforts to get the existing facilities squared away. Personally, there’s little I’d like better than to have a dedicated space with a big old-iron anvil, and a forge to bring a chunk of steel up to temperature and beat it with a hammer until I’m too tired to be frustrated about anything any more. I know of no better way to relieve stress than that. But the vulture is a patient bird, and I am prepared to wait until everything falls into place rather than rushing such a job.