Blacksmithing Basics – Full
July 19 @ 8:00 am - July 21 @ 4:00 pm$375
Time: 8 am to 4 pm each day
Materials/studio fee: Included in tuition cost
Meals: Lunch featuring our farm grown food is included
Instructor: Garry Kalajian
Workshop Size: This workshop can accommodate up to 4 students and needs a minimum of 3 to be held.
Blacksmithing Basics is for individuals new to blacksmithing and for those with some experience who want to refresh or improve their skills. Students will be working with a traditional coal-forge and working with mild steel.
The first day starts off with an introduction on 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, how to prepare and manage the coal fuel and distinguishing the right temperature for various processes. Hammering techniques will be demonstrated and students are encouraged to practice.
As the workshop progresses, different forging techniques will be covered including drawing out, upsetting, punching, slitting, drifting, and forge welding. During the 3-day workshop, participants will apply these basic skills in the making of a gate hook, a trivet, and a chisel. If time allows, participants will be invited to choose from projects such as a fire poker, a toasting fork, or nails.
Those who have some previous blacksmithing experience are welcome to undertake a special project for more in-depth instruction and talk over the project with instructor Kalajian beforehand.
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