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Forging Aluminum (cold) for the Young and the Interested
A version of our intro class for those not ready to play with fire

Forging iron in a three-thousand degree fire is lots of fun. However, for those who are pyrophobes or under ten years old, it might not be a good idea. Working cold aluminum is a lot like working hot iron, but without the danger of learning what burning human flesh smells like. In this class we will introduce the student (age eight or older) to the basic smithing techniques of hammering, drawing-out, cutting, bending, and twisting. Using these techniques and a piece of aluminum, you and your child will create decorative and useful 'S'-hooks (one each!) with anvil, hammer, and tongs. Some students may instead be guided through the making of a J-Hook.

This class is not limited to youngsters (a parent or guardian is required for those under ten). The material presented is similar to that in our "A Tween's First Taste of Blacksmithing" classes, but without the heat.

Enrollment is limited to four students, so that they don't have to share tools and workspace. This class is offered at a variety of times of day and week to suit the schedules of un-schoolers, home-schoolers, and conventional-schoolers.

Gift Certificates for Forging Aluminum (cold) for the Young and the Interested are available.

one meeting, 2 hours.    dates&times

Instructor: Carl West
(no longer offered) per student
Maximum 4 students, one per forge


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.

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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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.
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