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I am looking at getting into it as a hobby and have been for some time. Anyone else here play at it.
Somehow I find it unlikely it will work - perhaps for a moment, but I doubt it is going to survive for long. Plaster of paris is a calcium sulfate hydrate, which is roasted to get rid of water. If memory serves me well it becomes powdery in the process. I don't see how it is going to survive high temperatures present in the furnace.I'm not a blacksmith myself, but I just recently watched an interesting YouTube video about making a backyard, mini foundry.
How cool. I had no idea about this. From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical_European_martial_artsHEMA as in Historical European Martial Arts.
Since 1991, there have emerged flourishing Historical European Martial Arts communities in Europe, North America, Australia and the wider Anglosphere. These groups are engaged in attempting to reconstruct Historical European Martial Arts using various training methods. Although the focus generally is on the martial arts of Medieval and Renaissance masters, nineteenth and early twentieth century martial arts teachers are also studied and their systems are reconstructed, including Edward William Barton-Wright, the founder of Bartitsu; combat savate and stick fighting master Pierre Vigny; London-based boxer and fencer Rowland George Allanson-Winn; French journalist and self-defence enthusiast Jean Joseph-Renaud; and British quarterstaff expert Thomas McCarthy.