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Blacksmithing Basics – Cancelled

July 16 @ 8:00 am - July 18 @ 4:00 pm


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.

 *PLEASE NOTE: There are large races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway the weekend of July 17th. Students should be prepared for additional traffic and possible detours on NH Route 106.

Workshop Details

Instructor: Garry Kalajian

Length: 3 Days

Skill Level: All

Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Registration Cost: $375.00

Material Cost: Included in registration

Sanborn Mills Farm requires all workshop participants to follow the Farm’s safety protocols. You will be required to sign that you read and comply with the protocols during registration.

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July 16 @ 8:00 am
July 18 @ 4:00 pm
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Sanborn Mills Farm
7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, NH 03307 United States
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