The Beskar for Charity project, which originated as an idea of creating a pattern-welded version of the Mandalorian Beskar steel ingot, has come to its conclusion. Thanks to the support and interest of fans and subscribers, I was able to raise an astonishing $20,000 in donations for Second Harvest Food Bank. Second Harvest is an organization dedicated to ending hunger and providing nutritious food to those in need in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties in California.
In the video, I document the process of creating a Beskar ingot as seen in the Mandalorian. To create the distinctive Beskar look, I selected two types of steel, 1095 - a plain high carbon steel, and 15n20 - a steel with high nickel content. Through a series of forge welding operations, the different types of steel were fused together under pressure and very high temperatures, eventually reaching around 150 layers. The ingot was then forged and ground to achieve its final dimensions. To complete the process, the Galactic Empire sigil was hot stamped onto the ingot and the steel was heat treated, polished, and etched with ferric chloride to bring out the distinctive pattern that resembles a Beskar ingot from the Mandalorian series.
The project not only showcased the intricate process involved in creating a beautiful replica of the iconic Beskar steel, but also brought together passionate fans who wanted to make a positive impact on their community. The initial giveaway in the video stimulated this donation campaign, which helped increase awareness about the issues of hunger and food insecurity in California.
It is disheartening to realize that in California, one of the wealthiest states in the USA, and specifically in Santa Clara County, home to some of the richest companies in the country, there is still a need for organizations like Second Harvest. It’s a stark reminder that despite the abundance of wealth in this region, many families and individuals struggle to put food on the table.
It is also disconcerting to witness the ongoing cruelty of US policies towards those in need, as well as the apathy exhibited by politicians and the political system in addressing the plight of the most vulnerable members of society. Despite being a nation with abundant resources and wealth, the United States continues to grapple with income inequality, systemic injustice, and a lack of access to basic necessities for many of its citizens. This unfortunate reality is a reflection of the misplaced priorities of political leaders who often favor partisan interests and corporate gains over the well-being of the people they are meant to represent. It is crucial for us to recognize the urgency of these issues and work collectively to demand meaningful change and support initiatives that aim to uplift and empower the underprivileged in our society and thus improve society as a whole.
The successful conclusion of the Beskar for Charity project demonstrates the power of creativity, passion, and community in making a positive impact on the world. As we celebrate this accomplishment, let us also reflect on the ongoing issues of hunger and food insecurity and continue to support organizations like Second Harvest that work tirelessly to make a difference in the lives of those in need. Together, we can help create a world where no one goes hungry.