It was hot and heavy work, but kindled a feeling of craftsmanship in me like few things could.
I found this video ( and a few others) a while back and am just getting around to posting them.
"Welding the Big Ring" is a video from the archives of the Library of Congress.
Some fun facts:
- Filmed in 1904
- I'm often amazed by how good the lighting is for these early film shoots. I'd love to see their setups
- This took place at Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing.
- Most likely a piece for a generator or a piece of equipment used in the factory.
- This is Forge Welding on an industrial scale
- Blacksmiths (duh)
- Gang of 8+ men working in an early industrial setting
- A very LARGE power hammer (probably electric)
- A chain hoist that must be a 50 to 1 advantage (given how much the chain moves per movement of the piece)
- 4 men forging a lap weld
- More craftsmen comfortable with their tools. Those are probably 12 - 18 lb sledge hammers by the looks. That's a real days work.
Let me know in the comments if you'd like to see more of this here.
Oh, BTW, I challenge you to find the "lead" smith or foreman and the Section or "Line Boss." Good luck. I'll post my thoughts later.