When BLACK LIVES MATTER only then will all lives matter.
If you'd rather, you can reach us directly by phone: Mike - 617 230 9572 or Carl - 781 608 0900
- NEW! - I'll be doing some sort of live smithing demonstration starting soon after 8pm. Something fairly quick... 15 - 30 minutes, and after that I'll be answering questions and being social and catching up.
April 29 - The initial four-bar forge-weld for the classic basket twist.
May 6 - [tentative] Making a punch for hot-marking smith-work. I'll be making a "2021" punch 'cause I haven't yet this year.
An Increasingly Frequently Asked Question:
"When is the forge re-opening?"
TL;DR: When it's reasonably safe. This may take a while.
Unless forced by some authority with the power to do so,
we will not be re-opening before it is reasonably safe.
Not when it is politically expedient...
... not when the economy needs a boost...
...not when there are enough ICU beds available...
When it can be done with reasonable safety.
When the reliability of the vaccine is clear, that will be our criterion.
Until then, our classes will be virtual or outdoors, masked, and distanced.
I, Carl, the main instructor, am over 60. My immune system has served me well but my lungs have taken some hits during the last 4 decades. I am unsure of my vulnerability to this virus, and given that it can damage any organ, with varying degrees of subtlety, I am not going to roll that die intentionally.
Not for myself, not for my students.
If you haven't already, you can add yourself to our mailing list, I assure you that as soon as the decision to re-open is made, it will be announced there first.
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.
Hill Forge is a teaching smithy located in Waltham, Massachusetts.
Note: Prospect Hill Forge is not a 9 to 5 business. Please do not go out of your way to visit without contacting us first (and getting a reply) to arrange a mutually convenient time.
Classes in Traditional Blacksmithing
Focused on technique, theory, efficiency, and æsthetics
Scheduled on afternoons, weeknights, and weekends
Tailored to fit students' needs
Student:Teacher ratio of 8:1 or better (4:1 in advanced classes)
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)
Feel free to visit us on Facebook. You don't have to log in to Facebook to see what we have to show, but if you are logged in, feel free to 'Like' us while you're there.
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
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All PHF Events
(Our RSS feeds update
a few minutes after midnight
These are the next few Live Online Classes for those who have access to smithing equipment. Click the class name for the class description and all dates.
A video by and of Mark Oribello, one of our advanced students and Open Smithy monitors:
- 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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