DangerCon: Camping and Making...things explode

**DangerCon is a go**

What happens when you combine your 3 favorite things: Camping, Making, and FIRE? Well you get the 1st ever DangerCon! FredHack and Nova Labs are joining forces to bring you important maker-related topics that are too dangerous to demonstrate near civilization.

On the agenda are:

From Russell, DangerCon Host:

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Fri night:
Pregame; setup camp and equipment areas, fire circle, socialize with any potential early birds and probably get a spontaneous hack going. Maybe work on the forge if we get it setup by then (I'm trying to get it this weekend if I can). Drink beer by the fire and chill.

Saturday AM:
Pregame/Influx; Arrange campsites, direct traffic, introductions, socialize.

Saturday Noon: Commencement. Officially open dangercon with some kind of short intro akin to a "drivers meeting". Official tour of the grounds and Staff intro. Saturday Noon-1800: welding classes and pyrochem fab lab. We only have one 240VAC outlet, so wire welding and stick welding classes have to be in series, this also gives the teachers a chance to take each other's course or do something else. I'll be teaching basic pyrochem fabrication to no more than two at a time during welding classes.

Saturday Noon-1800 pt two: Pyrochem will be running all afternoon so anyone who wants should have a chance to actually make something incredibly dangerous; this is why only two at a time, it dramatically increases my chance of survival.

Saturday 1800 - 2200: Forgework class if we get the forge running, battlebot demo/discussion, free period. If anyone else wants to setup a class/demo/lecture/do something, here's your schedule block to show me something cool.

Saturday 2200 - TBD:
Pyrochem testing. We spent the afternoon making dangerous things, but mean old me wouldn't let you light them around all the dangerous powders. Now that its dark and all of the scary chemistry is gone you get to see if what you made worked, have fun. Followed by or concurrent with sitting around the fire.

Sunday 0800 - 1200: River Raid. We'll be mounting an expedition to the Rappahannock river to prospect for gold. Wear clothing that you won't mind being fully immersed in because you will be. I have a canoe and Garret can supply another, but the spot we've chosen is withing wading distance from the public boat ramp so you can arrive or leave at your leisure. I have not secured a dredge or fixed mine yet so for now consider this hand tools only (pan/sluice).

I can provide 3-4 pans that we can share among the group. We'll be collecting black sand concentrates in a bucket and panning them out for gold. How you distribute any findings is up to you to fight over, I don't want a share. I may have some specimen bottles you can take home your precious in.

Sunday During/Post River Raid: Egress. Breakdown your stuff, cleanup your areas, and get off my lawn :)

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(For obvious reasons participation will be one's own risk and waivers will be required)

Plan: Arrive Friday nite July 20th around 7PM, camp overnight, and leave 3PM Sunday, July 22nd.

Note: You don't necessarily need to camp to attend DangerCon. Goldvein, VA is about an hour to the southwest of Reston, VA. So you can drive up and back on Saturday.

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  • EBo

    Oooo... a new project for DangerCon!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?fe...­

    July 29, 2012

  • Russell

    https://plus.google.com/photos/1...­]

    Natasha's massive, unfiltered picture archive of DangerCon.

    July 24, 2012

  • Tim O.

    Had an awesome time and it was a great model for how Fredhack and Novalabs can collaborate in the future. Great group of people getting together and having fun!

    July 23, 2012

  • Nikolai T.

    That was fun and unique event. Lot of activities would be pretty difficult to recreate at Nova Labs. I cannot imagine our landlord or next door neighbors being excited about launching rockets or running a forge...

    July 23, 2012

  • Nikolai T.

    Keith, I sort of finished the knife, forging it anyway. EBo did the final blade shaping. It will need much grinding/filing, and heat treatment before it can be used. If I knew what I am getting into, I'd have started with a file not a spike - too much metal to move. Will post a picture in the evening.

    July 23, 2012

  • Nikolai T.

    Again, thanks to Russel and FredHack crew, and EBo for generocity with their time and knowledge, and hospitality. I hope there will be future DangerCons...

    July 23, 2012

  • Nikolai T.

    (cont'd)
    * welded with stick and a strange MIG/fluxcore setup, both worked very well
    * prospected for gold
    * learned that you cannot get rich panning Rappahanock River
    * figured out where "panning out" expression has came from

    July 23, 2012

  • Nikolai T.

    Huge thanks to FredHack and Russel for planning and hosting a wonderful event. I cannot imagine where else we could try all these things. I did this: * thrown darts with atlatl * made two types of rockets, and both types flew! * learned a bit about blacksmithing, and watched EBo make a forge out of a tin washtub, couple of buckets of wood ash and and antique crank blower * made a knife from a railroad spike (still needs some shaping and heat treatment)

    July 23, 2012

  • Russell

    We found quite a bit of black sand and saw a few specs of gold. We sent Nikolai home with a few pounds of black sand concentrates to pan through. His dagger came out nice, he said he was going to anneal and temper it at home before edging it.

    July 23, 2012

  • Keith

    So how did the gild prospecting pan out? Did Nikolai get to finish working on his railroad spike creation in the forge?

    July 23, 2012

  • Keith

    My attendance was limited to noon-10pm Saturday but during that time we were all working on something at any given time. Although the activities were inherently dangerous, the only injury I sustained was a bad, 1st degree "sun burn" on the inside of my legs because I did a bunch of welding in shorts. The sparks weren't getting me but the UV sure did. We built a bamboo atlatl and a 6 ft bamboo dart/spear to go with it. Then we forged a spearhead to go with it using a chunk of rebar. Once complete we hunted down a wooden trunk with lethal effectiveness. All the while people were learning how to stick and Mig weld. All of this was periodically interrupted by someone trying to pass their Pyrochem 1 or 2 class by launching a hand made rocket engine. Despite the rain and humidity we had a few great lift offs. I had a great time and wish I would have been able to join in on the overnight activities Friday and Saturday and whatever took place on Sunday. I hope DangerCon won't be one time only.

    July 23, 2012

  • EBo

    Metalwork, rocketry, and fire. Need a repeat to decide just how much I like it ;-)

    July 23, 2012

  • Mike J

    Awesome and VERY DANGEROUS! I wanted to thank everyone for the good times and say how much I enjoyed meeting you all. Looking forward to more Danger in future.
    Mike

    July 22, 2012

  • EBo

    Woo Hoo... Fun times in HackersVille. Glad to have met everyone this weekend, and I look forward to staying in touch with a few of you. Cheers!

    July 22, 2012

  • Keith

    I had to pass on day two. Stuff to do around the house that I didn't get done last week before the weekend. I got in all the important activities yesterday. I'll have to try the prospecting next time.

    July 22, 2012

  • Keith

    I had a great time at DangerCon. Huge thanks to the folks from Fredhack for hosting and teaching us so many cool things. I've been waiting years to learn how to weld.

    July 21, 2012

  • Justin L.

    Several model rocket attempts, 1 successful at 30 ft

    July 21, 2012

  • Russell

    Small group right now, we have a crew throwing atlatl, a crew setting up the forges and I'm teaching Aaron pyro chem 2.

    July 21, 2012

  • Justin L.

    Big carbon darts :-)

    July 21, 2012

  • Justin L.

    We shot some skeet. Throwing some darts. Had some breakfast.

    July 21, 2012

  • Tim O.

    Having a birthday party for my daughter at noon but I'm still planning to come out later this afternoon. If plans or locations change due to rain just let me know. Looking forward to meeting you all.

    July 21, 2012

  • Justin L.

    We'll be here continuing with activities-- rain let up but if it returns we can duck into the shop.

    July 21, 2012

  • Justin L.

    Folks -- unfortunately, due to the rain (looks like the persistent kind not the blow over kind) we may have to cancel and postpone this weekends official dangercon events. Waiting on final word from Russell. Unofficial hacking activities would continue for those here.

    July 21, 2012

  • Russell

    I marked my two driveways with cones. GPS normally takes people to the far end of the property, 600' past the house. I'm the second house on the left. Just past the old farm house. Use the first driveway (with the green and orange cones). Park on the left until it fills up. Then park in the field between the two driveways. You can access that field by either turning right between the trees as soon as you pull in the fist driveway or turning left up the bank from the second.

    July 20, 2012

  • Russell

    EBo, I can pull a coil spring from one of my parts cars for you.

    Matt, all paved all the way here and to the river. Well, that depends on whether you call what they do up near you guys "paving." :) I drive a mustang with a 3" drop, you should be good in whatever.

    July 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    But then on the other hand, weather forecast isnt looking crystal clear either (via Weather Underground)...
    Saturday
    Overcast with a chance of rain. High of 84F. Chance of rain 50%.
    Saturday Night
    Overcast with a chance of rain. Low of 70F. Chance of rain 40%.
    Sunday
    Mostly cloudy in the morning, then partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. High of 86F. Chance of rain 30%.

    July 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is the route to this location 100% paved from I-95 to the front door?

    July 20, 2012

  • EBo

    Cool. Any chance we could get some old car/truck coil springs so I can demo making punches, etc? Coil/leaf springs actually are servicables one you know it needs a triple anneal/quench/draw.

    July 20, 2012

  • Russell

    I have one bulldog long handled crosspeen and several hardware store crosspeens. I might have a sledge, I know I have a maul. I can get a sledge tomorrow when I go for rebar. I also have a set of cold chisels and drifts from harbor freight that I don't mind being used hot.

    July 19, 2012

  • EBo

    Oh BTW do not worry about the short notice. I was planning on being there anyway, and teaching people if they were interested.

    BTW, I will not be able to come earlier than Friday night due to work, but I'm looking forward to camping, and making ... things explode ;-)

    July 19, 2012

  • EBo

    Since then I found a half dozen tongs, and a small anvil. Actually one
    of the few things the did not walk off with was the 360# Peter Wright anvil (I cannot imagine why THAT did not just walk off too). I have that back in NM though...

    What we will need for the weekend is a couple of more hammers. It would be nice if there was at least one sledge hammer so I can teach the basics of striking (if there is time and inclination).

    July 19, 2012

  • Russell

    Sounds great, thanks a lot. Sorry for such short notice. My cousin came up short of breath last night and died this morning. We thought the funeral wouldn't be until this week, but they want to get it over with ASAP. I can help with replacing your tooling, butch gave us a stack of tongs and we have more than one track iron. I know its not a real anvil but at least it has a clean face. Most used anvils I've seen have been beaten to a muddled mess.

    July 19, 2012

  • EBo

    Russel, first please accept my condolences for your loss. I expect I can easily cover the class for you. As a note, I apprenticed with Russ Swider at By Hammer and Hand Architectural Ironworks out of Rowe New Mexico back in the mid 80's. About 8 years ago 75% of all my tools, library, and portfolio were stolen. I'm just now getting to rebuilding my shop. Since then I've goten into Neo-Tribal Metalsmithing due to its zen like simplicity. How about starting with the basics + tool smithing?

    July 19, 2012

  • Russell

    EBo, is there any way that you could teach the smithing class? Curriculum is up to you. We've had a sudden death in the family and Dad has to go to WV Saturday, leaving stick welding open. I can teach it if I shuffle Aaron from smithing to pyro chem. You seem to have the experience to run a forge; if you could fill in it would really help.

    July 19, 2012

  • Justin L.

    This is definitely an experiment. I'm sure it'll work itself out :-)

    July 19, 2012

  • alice

    Make-up FireCon sounds good :]

    July 19, 2012

  • Russell

    I think Natasha's volunteered as "documentarian", so we should have plenty of pics and vids. Anything we're teaching at the con I can teach one on one. There's a few people who can't make it for time constraints, maybe we can have a "make-up con" later this summer?

    July 19, 2012

  • alice

    One of my coworkers needed some extra work support this weekend, and given my specialty, it seemed that I'd be the best person to help, so I'll be missing this this time. :( Hope I'll get to see some pictures and a blog post or two on our Flickr page.

    July 19, 2012

  • EBo

    re: charcoal...

    cool. I'll be glad to pitch in to help pay for it, and I might well want to buy a bag for myself.

    re: old oil.

    that should work ;-)

    re: sponser shout out...

    Tell Butch his web site has lots of broken links, but I would be interested in learning more about his work. Also, I am an official developer for EMC and have some cool projects I hope to get working soon (including a miniemc2, NURBS on an FPGA, ...)

    July 19, 2012

  • Russell

    @Keith. Re/Top Shot: I do have a section of the land designated as my range, firearms are allowed (no nigh-powered rifles, though). If we have a chance between or after classes, I can bring out some of my collection and do a firearms class. (.22 bowling is fun!)

    July 19, 2012

  • Russell

    Here's a plug for our sponsor, Butch from Bulldog tools: http://www.bulldogtools.net/ind...­

    For the past few weekends, we've been helping to get his CNC mill running, so Butch set us up with the forge, anvil, hammer and tongs for Dangercon. Thanks, man!

    July 19, 2012

  • Russell

    I have a big bag of hardwood lump charcoal you can use. I only need a few ounces for pyro chem.

    July 19, 2012

  • Russell

    I'm sure we can find some carbon enriched oil around, I have enough engines :) I have a bucket of rail spikes for chisel blanks and a dozen or more rusty files for knife blanks. I'm getting some rebar today for genetic mild stock.

    July 19, 2012

  • EBo

    ok... put me up for doing a demo about building a forge from just about nothing, basic smithing, and a little tool and die work (assuming I can find the stock and charcoal to get it all going).

    As a note, I'm still living in boxes from taking a job at NASA, and only have a few of my things with me...

    July 19, 2012

  • EBo

    Oh that reminds me... does anyone have a quart or two of used crank-case oil and a little diesel to be used as a oil quench bath for tool-smithing? Oooo... I also almost forgot that we need some scrap steel to demo tool smithing (old springs and files will do)...

    July 19, 2012

  • EBo

    Don't worry. The stuff that I need to play with for the project next
    week ranges from below freezing to boiling. When I mentioned the k-type I was more referring to people playing with fire this weekend (which this is not exactly -- except to boil water)...

    July 19, 2012

  • Russell

    I have one k-type amp at home that I dead bugged to a screw terminal board, it might still work. I can bring some k-type thermocouples home from work today for you, but we don't have any amps.

    July 19, 2012

  • EBo

    I recently bought some new "grow" sensors from http://www.seeedstudio.com/blog...­. I am thinking of bring them to play with this weekend. I do not have any k-type converters to make it useful over the weekend, but I have a couple of experiments I would like to get ready for that only has a week to complete... Anyone have experience with these? I have not had time to spin up yet.

    July 18, 2012

  • Keith

    Ooo atlatl and knapping arrowheads. Sounds fun especially after watching last season of Top Shot. :) My old scout troop was fond of making "primitive" weapons. Usually spears, bows and arrows. Our arrowhead making involved smashing bottles and picking out shards.

    I'll be heading down Sat morning so I'll try to bring a cooler of ice and other things that might be useful. I'm not planning to camp out (as much as I'd like to) so I'll be commuting back (painfully) early Sun for the River Raid.

    July 18, 2012

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