Basic Blacksmithing Class – Tool Making
October 8 @ 4:00 pm – October 10 @ 4:30 pm
This blacksmithing course is well designed to help the beginner develop good basic techniques. We start with lighting and controlling the fire and hammer control. Students have the opportunity to work on both coal and propane forges.
Projects incorporate basic forging techniques allowing students to learn while building fire tools they can keep and use on their forge. These tools include a shovel, rake and poker. Probably the most challenging project of the course would be the forging of a pair of blacksmiths tongs. Requiring precision hammer work along with a fair degree of physical effort, the tong project is very demanding as it requires precision hammer work along with a reasonable degree of physical exertion. Yet, ultimately, it is very gratifying. The forging of chisels and center punches will also be covered in the course, which serves as an introduction to tool steels and traditional heat treating methods.
This blacksmithing course includes several other projects along with time for experimentation. While a hands-on course, there is still plenty of time for discussions of techniques, design, aesthetics, and traditions. Also, many advanced forging techniques, such as forge welding, will be demonstrated and discussed. Resource info on forge construction, as well as discussions on basic set up requirements, provide the would-be hobby smith with everything required to get started at home.
Students always seem to enjoy the weekend and the camaraderie of the other students. A positive team atmosphere of mutual accomplishment makes for a uniquely memorable experience. Well worth the money since the student leaves with their tools and knowledge to begin on their own.
No experience is required, but we highly recommend reading The New Edge of the Anvil.
All materials included.
$600.00 CAD + HST.
Twenty hours of Intensive study. The course runs 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm Day 1, and 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Day 2 and 3.