In the words of the author of this DVD, George Goehl, 'Brazing with the Oxygen Acetylene Torch' is "for those who want to do what I do, i.e., make pieces such as trees, leaves, bicycles etc, using the bronze (brazing) as part of the piece of sculpture with the bronze joints contrasting against the copper or steel. Particular attention is paid to "Flux" as it pertains to finishing. The torch is used to add effects and dimension".
You'll see how the finished piece is sprayed with a clear lacquer or clear acrylic with special emphasis on the humidity level when spraying. In other words, this DVD shows you how to get a piece finished so it is ready to be purchased or shipped to a customer.
"Day in and day out I use the oxygen acetylene torch to braze metals together, so this is not some technical discussion on brazing. This video shows you exactly what I do to braze metals. There is no textbook jargon, just close-up detailed video and commentary in everyday language.
In the videos you will see me doing and describing each step of the process. Starting with lighting the torch, to simple brazes and on to more complicated brazing such as brazing different thicknesses and different metals, such as copper to steel."
"Your first attempts may be a bit awkward, but these are the initial steps that everyone goes through. Keep in mind that you can't make a mistake that I haven't made.
For lighting the torch, the steps are repeated so that you have a definite idea of how it is done. For example, adjusting the acetylene flame before adding the oxygen. What is the optimal flame for brazing? I show this in detail so there are no unanswered questions."
"There is a section on setting your regulator pressure. Also a section on brazing tip selection and why you'll need several different brazing tips.
Putting my 30+ years of experience to work for you means that you will not have to go through the trial and error process that I went through when I first started."
"In addition I'll show you some special techniques that will speed you on your way."
"The whole idea behind the videos (all of George Goehl's DVDs are available from Artisan Ideas) is what I'd liked to have known when I started brazing copper, brass, bronze, steel and stainless steel."
"I know that once you have learned to braze your mind will be flooded with ideas of what you can do with brazing. Not just the sculptures that are in my Instructional Videos, but your own ideas."
"This video covers more than just brazing. To be sure, we do want to braze two or more pieces of metal together. But, the brazed joints become part of the sculpture, part of the visual appeal. Flowing the bronze so that the brazed portions present a contrast to the adjoining metals. Often using more bronze than is necessary just for a utility braze."
"In addition you'll find utilitarian uses for brazing. When you know how to braze you don't have to run out and find someone to fix something for you -you can do it yourself."
Being able to join metals together with brazing opens up a whole new world of possibilities.