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Safety in the forge.
Blacksmithing has a number of dangers associated with it, keep them in mind and, especially when trying something new, take a moment and imagine what could go wrong, what could fly, what could drop, what's going to be hot and where, then adjust your actions to minimize the repercussions.
Since we can't control all of our students' actions, we have a "Release and Waiver of Responsibility" that all our students are required to sign before taking classes. Feel free to print out the PDF version of the waiver and bring a signed copy with you to your first class, or you can sign it in our office.
Smithing is usually loud, ear protection is required
We're working with fire, you can get burned.
Many things in the forge, both tools and materials, are sharp; you can cut yourself, both by tools that are supposed to be sharp and by bits of work or stock that may or may not be intentionally sharp.
Lots of force is being applied in an abrupt fashion. Sometimes objects suddenly take flight. Sometimes those objects are small. Eye protection is required. Sometimes bigger objects are involved, and they drop more than they fly. Solid shoes are a good idea; closed toe shoes are required.
If you imagine that someone will be tossing hot coals at you and that you don't want them to lodge anywhere, you'll be thinking along the correct lines. No one tosses hot coals on purpose, but they do get loose now and again and even ONE hot coal inside your shoe or caught in a pants cuff is too many.
Dangly things like long hair and some jewelry will need to be restrained.
Leather aprons, safety glasses, and hearing protection will be provided.
Staying hydrated while smithing: