I’ve finally got my hands on a brazing torch and have been sticking pieces of metal together. My friend and frame builder, Corey Thompson (who needs a website) showed me a few things about the practice a few days ago, and he gave me free reign in his shop yesterday while he was at work. I didn’t break anything, make anything explode more than it should, or set anything on fire for very long. I also came to several conclusions about brazing.
Brazing is enormous amounts of fun, it will take practice to get the techniques and movements down correctly to be fast, efficient and methodical about it, however, at my experience level (a semi-newbie) it is possible to create nice looking joints. The actual metal-work; the filing and hand shaping of all of the joints and the finishing and removing all the brazing material that you don’t want, that is an artistry that I haven’t fully acquired yet.
My wacky design concept is actually coming alive, which is pretty neat to witness and create.