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Blacksmithing: Forge Welding – FULL
April 20 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm$125
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Time: 8 am to 4 pm
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.
In this one-day workshop, participants will learn different methods and applications of forge welding. Forge welding is a method of joining metals together without fasteners and has been used since ancient times. It is considered a “solid-state” diffusion welding process, which means that two pieces of metal are heated to a very high temperature and physically hammered together (instead of melting them). In order to achieve a successful weld, the surfaces must be extremely clean and so a flux is used to keep the metal from oxidizing and to extract impurities during the process.
Forge welding has been used throughout history for making a wide range of tools, fences, gates, and cookware. In the Middle Ages smiths forge welded armor and weapons. One of the most famous applications of forge welding is in the making of pattern welded steel, also called Damascus steel, which involves hammering two types of steel together then repeatedly folding, drawing out the billet, and forge welding it each time. The end product reveals the patterns created by the different steels.
Students should have some basic experience working with a coal-fired forge. The workshop will focus on how to recognize the correct heat for forge welding and practice welds that can be applied to hinges, coat hooks, tongs, or a fire tool handle.
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