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If you'd rather, you can reach us directly by phone: Mike - 617 230 9572 or Carl - 781 608 0900
Forge to Go
- Outdoor classes with our equipment at your place
Smith to Go
- Outdoor classes with -your- equipment at your place
Demo to Go
- Outdoor demonstrations for your conventional, homeschool, or unschool classes
Full vaccination with appropriate booster(s) is required for all in-person classes.
Classes are outdoors and we will keep distance as much as possible.
The Omicron variant seems to be fading, but BA-2 looks like it's rearing it's ugly head, so I'm still a little skittish as far as in-the-smithy classes. If you can form up a group, all vaxxed and able to take rapid tests just before class, call and we can try to work out a date for an indoor class.
If you have your own smithing setup and you can Zoom from where it is* we can talk about an actual online class.
I've put up a video at: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ioNFA9kRWQo
that should give a sense of the possibilities.
Scheduling has been on an ad hoc basis.
If you want to have a class, call me at 781 81 oxide after 10am and if it's possible, we'll work something out.
*I used to think that wifi was necessary, but it turns out that even my ancient Galaxy S5 can do it with just a decent cell connection.
When you show up for an outdoor class:
The instructors at PHF are fully vaccinated, but we have youngsters in our bubbles who are too young to vaccinate.
Thus we are being specific and particular about our students being properly and fully vaccinated: Last shot plus two weeks.
So... the process will be this:
When you arrive for class, be wearing a mask. The instructor will be too.
We will show each other our vaccination cards.
When we are both happy with the cards, you can unmask.
The instructor will unmask once all the students have been admitted.
N.B. Show up wearing a mask. Bring your vax card or a picture of it.
(a tip: I've made my vax card the wallpaper on my phone. It's really easy to find that way, you just need a page that is empty of icons.)
Masking during class is an option.
Anyone in the group can ask that we all mask.
Be prepared for this to happen.
- NEW! - I'll be doing some sort of live smithing demonstration starting soon after 8pm. Something fairly quick... 30 - 60 minutes, and after that I'll be answering questions and being social and catching up.
September 16, What to do about that funky bend in some of the Forge-In projects, and how the drawings got that way.
Have a look at the column to the right, or go to the calendar.
Click on a class name (or picture) and another window will open.
Scroll down until you find a date and time you like,
Read whatever instructions there might be directly below the "Click Here..." link,
Click the "Click Here..." link,
This will take you to the registration system of whoever "owns" that class. It might be us, it might be any of several Adult Ed organizations.
Follow the instructions when you get there.
Note: if the class is registered through one of our Adult Ed partners, They are the ones that know if it is full, we don't find out until the last day or so.
Regardless of who's doing the registration, ALL CLASSES ARE TAUGHT AT OUR WALTHAM LOCATION (or Online). (We don't move this stuff.) (well, alright, except during a pandemic)
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RSS feeds for classes and events
To help you find out when the class you've been waiting for gets scheduled on our calendar, we've created RSS feeds for each class, and one for all our events and activites (classes, open houses, demos...). (What is RSS, why do I care, and how do I use it?)
Click here to subscribe
to the RSS feed for
All PHF Events
(Our RSS feeds update
a few minutes after midnight
These are the next few classes for beginners, and events of interest. Click the class name for more information. Or view our Full Calendar to see everything we have scheduled. Fitchburg Forge-In This is a chance to watch a number of smiths at many levels of skill working har... -
Every day, September 30 to October 10 10:00am to 10:00pm, roughly. Check their website (above) for particulars on the first Friday and on the Mondays
Open Smithy A time to do your own things - $25 /hr, $225 /10hr package
Wednesday, December 31 10:00am to 1:00pm
A video by and of Mark Oribello, one of our advanced students and Open Smithy monitors:
Facemasks & Sourdough
There's been a lot of interest in these lately, here's my page about my design for a mask more suited to the bearded face,
(which does also work on un-bearded faces, the beard is not required for proper functioning)
And if you're making pleated rectangular masks, here's a design for a simple-to-make (cardboard and tape) pleating tool that just might speed you up.
and my No-Waste Procedure for maintaining and using a sourdough starter.
- On the South side of Guinan Street, toward the Eastern end - Waltham - Massachusetts - - P.O.Box 541372 - 02454 - 781 816 9433 (781 81 oxide)
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