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Fire and Hammerskills
A Chance to Get Better at It

In this class there is no project per se, it's a chance to work on the skills and knowledge needed for lighting and running the fire, and to work on (improving) hammer technique for use in class and on personal projects. There will likely be a sidebar on choosing and using tongs.

We will do a _lot_ of hammering.
We will work on joint-safety, efficiency, power, control, and hammer-choice for the job.
We will intentionally make mistakes so that we can see the trouble they cause.
In the end we will have most of a horribly-abused piece of stock to show for our efforts, and a better understanding of our tools, what they do, and how they do it.

This class will be of value to novices who've only had a couple hours at the anvil, beginners who've been working on their own, intermediate smiths who've been at it for a year or two, and any smiths who've been away from the anvil for too long. The more you've hammered already, the better you'll perceive the finer points.

Gift Certificates for Fire and Hammerskills are available.

3 hour session(s).
We will experiment with this class to see if it can be one session or needs to be two.    dates&times

Instructor: Carl West
Fee: $85 per student
Maximum 4 students


Required: A rapid Covid test that day.
Yes, really, we're still asking for it in 2024.
It's still out there, and no fun at all.

A Taste of Blacksmithing or A Forged Iron Bottle Opener

Please wear proper clothing for visiting or working in the forge:
closed toe shoes (preferably leather, preferably high-topped. Sneakers are sufficient, sandals, crocs, pumps, mules... are not), natural fiber clothing, long pants that cover the tops of the shoes.
Click here for more safety information.

Dates and Times:
If none of the dates below work for you (or are already full), we suggest you
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(The notification list gets emailed soon after classes are put on the schedule.)

This class is either:
- not upcoming on our schedule,
- or we've fallen behind in our clerical duties and not entered it in the database.
If you found it on our calendar page, we are planning to offer it on that date.

If you're interested in taking Fire and Hammerskills and it's not on the calendar, please tell us using our Notification-List Page.

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