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Firesteel (aka Fire Striker)

The challenge used to be to light a fire with just one match. Now the challenge is to do it without any matches at all. It's very picturesque, entertaining, and satisfying to start your campfire with flint & steel, and when you do, it's your fire, you decide who gets to poke it. In this class we will make a fire-steel from high-carbon steel and learn to use it.
Techniques used will be drawing-out, bending, hardening, and tempering.

When the fire-steel is made we will learn to strike a spark with it and turn that spark into a fire. We will also go over the particulars of making char-cloth for catching the spark.

When the class is done you will have made a fire-steel, learned to make char cloth, and struck a fire. You will come away with your own fire-making kit consisting of  a fire-steel, a flint, a char-tin & charcloth, and a bit of tinder, enough to get started.

To bring if you can:

There will be a modest (under $10) materials fee for flint and char-boxes for those who don't bring their own.

3.5 hours one session.    dates&times

No prior smithing experience necessary or expected.

Instructor: Carl West
Fee: $140
Maximum 8 students, two per forge

Gift Certificates for Firesteel (aka Fire Striker) are available.

If none of the dates below work for you (or are already full), we suggest you
Add yourself to the general Wait List for this class.
(The wait list gets notified soon after classes are put on the schedule.)

Please wear proper clothing for visiting or working in the forge: closed toe shoes (preferably leather, preferably high-topped. Sneakers are sufficient.), natural fiber clothing, long pants that cover the tops of the shoes. Click here for more safety information.

Dates and Times:

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July 2 (2019)
Tuesday 1pm- 4:30pm

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If you have a PHF Gift Certificate: this would be a good class to choose.

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