Humans have been using iron for at least four millennia. For tools, for weapons, for household goods. Each of us has at least one ancestor that worked iron and the tools and methods used to work iron are part of our heritage, part of what makes us what we are today.
In the twelve meetings of this course [also known as Rudiments I, II, and III], you will be exposed to the basics of the language of blacksmithing. From "smash-it-flat" to forge welding. There will be practice pieces, exercises, samplers, problems, and actual projects all aimed at building your smithing vocabulary and fluency. By the end of the course you should be well on your way to thinking like a blacksmith.
This class is 12 sessions long. Each session is 3 hours. dates×
No prior experience necessary.
Instructor(s): Instructor: Carl West
Class size is limited to 4 students (one per forge).
Gift Certificates for Basics of Blacksmithing are available.
Note: If you are redeeming a Gift Certificate, contact us directly, we will see if we can set it up with our registration partners.
Please wear proper clothing for visiting or working in the forge: closed toe shoes (preferably leather, preferably high-topped), natural fiber clothing, long pants that cover the tops of the shoes. Click here for more safety information.
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Basics of Blacksmithing
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