This forum is intended primarily for professionals* and experienced smiths. However, newcomers are also welcome provided they practice the following:

1. Use the SEARCH function.

2. Repeat step 1.

3. Thoroughly review the results of your search.

4. Use the SEARCH function.

5. The results of your search may suggest texts or other reading. If you read these you may find the answers you seek. If not, then ask your questions.

This is not a slight to newcomers. Bear in mind that there is a good chance that what you want to know has been asked before. Many times before. It happens with new people.

Nobody will fault you for asking questions, but if they have been asked before, you may not receive an answer except through your own efforts.

*the definition of "professional" is somewhat flexible. See this thread for more discussion.