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Rudiments of Blacksmithing I

This class picks up where "A Taste of Blacksmithing" and "A Forged Iron Bottle Opener" leave off. You'll learn more about shop safety and begin to work on forge-fire management, while being guided through projects that will begin to build your repertoire of basic blacksmithing techniques, including:
drawing out
anticipatory choreography
and using:
slitting chisel
top&bottom swage
monkey tool
The projects in Rudiments I are a barbecue fork and a pair of smithing tongs. There will be time after the hammers are down for questions and further discussion. Taking the classes Rudiments I, Rudiments II, and Rudiments III is the equivalent of taking
The Basics of Blacksmithing class.

Gift Certificates for Rudiments of Blacksmithing I are available.

12 hours total in either four 3-hour sessions or five 2.5-hour sessions.    dates&times

Instructor: Carl West
Fee: $390; a $100 discount applies if signing up for three sequential Rudiments classes at once, total $1070. 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.

Students should have taken A Taste of Blacksmithing, or have some slight blacksmithing experience.

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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