PROSPECT HILL FORGE: The Blacksmithing Classroom

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A Taste of Blacksmithing
01 13 09
8 S-hooks.
A Taste of Blacksmithing
12 11 08
8 S-hooks.
Rudiments of Blacksmithing II
11 30 08
Forge welded flux spoon, punch & chisel, sharp right angle, carved dragon.
Nothing but Knives
11 29 08
2 simple "blacksmith" knives (aka "Pixie Stickers").
Nothing but Knives
11 28 08
4 simple "blacksmith" knives (aka "Pixie Stickers").
A Taste of Blacksmithing
11 24 08
2 Wall hooks and 2 S-hooks.
A Taste of Blacksmithing
11 19 08
3 S-hooks and a garden stake/pointer.
Basics of Blacksmithing II
11 17 08
Forge welded chain (one link each meeting), eye-punch, high carbon steel hardened, tempered and broken, square-octagonal-round, welded basket s-hook, 2-piece weld, forging-to-a-drawing, scrolling-in-the-air.
Rudiments of Blacksmithing II
11 12 08
Forge welded flux spoon, punch & chisel, sharp right angle, carved dragon.
We ended up really picture-short for this class.
A Taste of Blacksmithing
11 08 08
5 S-hooks, 2 wall hooks, and a garden stake.
A Taste of Blacksmithing
11 04 08
3 S-hooks.
(thanks to Jess for the use of her camera)
A Taste of Blacksmithing
09 25 08
Seven S-hooks and a wall hook.
A Taste of Blacksmithing
09 15 08
Two S-hooks.
A Taste of Blacksmithing
09 12 08
Three S-hooks.
A Taste of Blacksmithing
09 10 08
Two S-hooks.
A Taste of Blacksmithing
09 02 08
Four S-hooks and a wall hook.
A Taste of Blacksmithing
08 24 08
Six S-hooks.
Rudiments of Blacksmithing I (in two weeks)
08 21 08
We met twice a week and made barbecue forks and blacksmith tongs. And learned a bunch of techniques along the way.
Shakedown Cruise
08 20 08
These two had been away from the hammer for a few years, so we were finding out where they stood.
A mantle hook, two forge welds, a pendant and the start of a knife.
A Taste of Blacksmithing
08 15 08 6:30pm
One very nice short S-hook.
A Taste of Blacksmithing
08 15 08 2pm
One very nice long S-hook.
A Taste of Blacksmithing
08 11 08
Four S-hooks.
A Taste of Blacksmithing
07 20 08
An S-hook and a J-Hook done quickly and quite well.
Rudiments of Blacksmithing I
07 09 08
Forks and Tongs
A Taste of Blacksmithing
07 01 08
Several S-hooks and a pointer

I've fallen way behind in the posting of class pictures. I'm working on it. - CW 07 03 08
A Taste of Blacksmithing
05 01 08
An S-hook, a cube-wall hook and a short garden stake


Our second Basics of Blacksmithing class started on January 14 and finished on April 14
They get their own page.



A Taste of Blacksmithing
04 05 08
Mostly S-hooks and a short garden stake
A Taste of Blacksmithing
03 30 08
All Garden stakes
Simple Knives
03 08 08


Click for a series of pictures

A Taste of Blacksmithing
03 08 08
A mix of S-hooks and garden stakes
A Taste of Blacksmithing
03 01 08
Simple Knives
02 26 08
Just one student on Tuesday mornings.
(Unfortunately, the pictures of Rebecca and her knives have been lost)
Striker Team
02 23 08
The first meeting. We worked out some vocabulary and figured out a use for the crossed-arm style blows you can see in the background of the Forge Welding video on YouTube. We made some good progress in drawing out some axle steel to be bick-irons for the smithy
A Taste of Blacksmithing
02 21 08
We chose to make S-hooks.
Rudiments I
02 20 08
Forks and Tongs and more tongs and some sweet little rivets made using the monkey tool as sort of an upside-down header.
Rudiments III
02 05 08
They have their own page There are too many pictures for here.
A Taste of Blacksmithing: 'S' Hooks
02 02 08
We got off to a slow start what with finagling aprons and eyegear and such. And we ran over time. In the end we got six 's' hooks and two nearly 'j' hooks.
A Taste of Blacksmithing: 'S' Hooks
(neé Cooking Skewers)
1 16 08
The class had seven students but none were attached to the idea of cooking skewers, so we made S-hooks instead.
Lessons were learned, some ends were burned, but only two fingertips touched hot metal that I know of.
A Taste of Blacksmithing: 'S' Hooks (was Cooking Skewers)
1 11 08
The class was small and they chose to make S-hooks instead of the skewers.
Nate finished early and got a good start on making a long thin taper.
A Taste of Blacksmithing: 'S' Hooks
12 27 07
These guys moved along pretty well. The father and son finished with about 45 minutes to spare and managed to squeak out a second hook each. Tamara made a 90° hook.
Rudiments of Blacksmithing I
12 21 07
A long cooking fork, a pair of tongs and enough time left over to make a pointer and get a good start on the hardware for a felloe saw
Open Smithy
Denise made a pointer/steak-turner.
The polishing was done at Metalwerx.


Our first Basics of Blacksmithing class started on September 12 and finished on December 12
They get their own page.



Open Smithy
Bob made a trivet of his own design
A Taste of Blacksmithing: 'S'-Hooks
12 10 07
Four hooks and a pointer-thing.
A Taste of Blacksmithing: Cooking Skewers
12 01 07
These two whipped right along and made some lovely twists on the way.
Simple Knives
11 26 07
Knives from automotive coil spring and from star-drills
Rudiments II
11 19 07
These guys made a bunch of stuff:
Welded flux spoons, Sharp right-angle bends, Hardened and tempered centerpunch & chisel, Dragon/nightmare-beast heads, Leaf-finials (many open bottles), and an ornamental 'spike'


A Taste of Blacksmithing
11 09 07
'S'-Hooks

A Taste of Blacksmithing
10 30 07
'S' - Hooks

Rudiments 1
10 02 07 - 10 23 07
Cooking forks and Tongs

Taste 10 22 07 Cooking Skewers
Taste 10 11 07
Leaf-shaped Bottle openers
Sadly, the pictures of Jean, Brendan, Elissa and
 their leaves have been lost
A Taste of Blacksmithing 09-28-07
A Taste of Blacksmithing 09-27-07
A Taste of Blacksmithing 09-25-07
Two Students, two lovely s-hooks

Simple Knives 09-08-07
Three students three knives, we sharpened the bottom one, it shaves.

The rest of Rudiments II.
Chisels, centerpunches, dragon-heads, forge-welded flux-spoons,  loop welds, square bends, round tenons.

A Taste of Blacksmithing
090107
Jeremy had to leave
 Rudiments II early.
Centerpunch, chisel, forge-welded flux spoon, forgewelded loop, two dragon heads, square right-angle bends
Melissa with the firesteel she made and the fire she made with her firesteel
Rudiments I
Rudiments I
With forks and tongs and bottle openers
on July 8 '07
(It was a hot day)

"A Taste..." June 15 '07  
The "A Taste..." class on June 14 '07, with their hooks:
Hooks from the June 11 '07 "A Taste..." class
Hooks from the June 8 '07 "A Taste... " class.
These guys worked their arms off in the first Rudiments I class