August 28 @ 8:00 am - August 30 @ 4:00 pm$375
Instructor: Garry Kalajian
Length: 3 Days
Skill Level: All
Hours: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Material Cost: Included in registration
Blacksmithing Basics is for students who are new to blacksmithing and those with some experience looking to improve their skillset. All students in the course will work with a traditional coal forge and mild steel.
Students will begin with an introduction to body mechanics, metallurgy, and safety. Once in the studio, students will learn to start and manage a coal-fired forge. Attention will be given to how to maximize draft, prepare and manage the coal-fuel, and distinguish the right temperature for various forge processes. Hammering techniques will be demonstrated.
As the workshop progresses, different forging techniques will be covered including drawing out, upsetting, punching, slitting, drifting, and forge welding. Students will then apply these skills to create a gate hook, trivet, and chisel. If time allows, additional projects can be explored, such as a fire poker or toasting fork.
Those who have some previous blacksmithing experience are welcome to undertake a special project for more in-depth instruction. All special projects must be discussed with instructor Kalajian before the course.