Beginner Blacksmithing, Ongoing

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Beginner Blacksmithing, Ongoing


Join us for our Beginner Private Blacksmith workshops. No previous blacksmithing experience is required. In this 2-hour course, you will learn the basic fundamentals of blacksmithing in our village center blacksmith shop. The course will start with a safety and shop orientation, followed by fire management and tool use. You will be given a choice of simple blacksmith products to make in the class. The goal is for you to walk out of the class with a product that you have made.

 Here is what will be covered:

 ·        Forge set-up and how it works

·        The use of basic tools (anvil, hammer, tongs, cutter, punch, vise, etc.)

·        Basic techniques including drawing out and tapering, twisting, upsetting, punching, fullering, hot cutting, splitting, and riveting

·        How to put a basic oil finish on a completed piece of work

·        Tool control, the characteristics of the iron, how to plan and execute a project (what will the end product look like, and how do you get there?)

·        Basic safety practices in the smithy

Materials Students Should Bring:                Students must wear long sleeve shirts and pants that are made of natural fibers and naturally flame retardant. Also, safety glasses and leather work gloves must be worn while in the work shop. Hearing protection is recommended for some operations, but is optional. Safety gear will be available for purchase at the general store if students do not have their own.


Minimum Number of Students: 2

Minimum Age: 12

Once you've registered, we'll be in touch to set up a day and time that works for you and our instructor. We must have a minimum of 2 students to offer this class.

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Instructor: Ingrid Hill