In a couple weeks I will be releasing the first class dates for beginning blacksmithing. Please check back often to view more classes and tips on this page.
Classes soon to be offered include:
-Basic blacksmithing, learning everything starting with the basics. If you have no prior experience with a forge, this class is a great basis to continue onto more advanced classes.
-Forging a primitive blacksmith knife. This class will teach the basics of knifemaking starting with choice of steel, tools, forging , heat treating, tempering, and filing. This course is for people who have experience with blacksmithing, but no experience with sharp objects.
-Basic Copperworking. This class will cover the basic techniques and beginning to understand the material. This class is a great introduction class to further develop your metalworking knowledge. You will walk home with a copper rose at the end of the class.
-Basic Welding. This class will briefly discuss the types of welders and safety precautions, but will then focus on MIG welding which has become the most common form of welding.
-intermediate welding. This class will focus on using your MIG (wire) welding skills to create a 3 dimensional form using welding, a forge, and compressed air. This class is designed to teach students how to properly weld air tight seals in metal, and how to properly use equipment.
-Forge welding. This class focusses primarily on forge welding pattern welded steel. This is a MUCH more advanced class and will require quite a bit of knowledge and instruction on equipment use. Each student will receive a portion of steel that is suitable to forge a knife. In this class students will be using a 30 ton hydraulic press, powerhammer, welding flux, and other dangerous materials. Please be advised that this class is designed for advanced level blacksmiths and bladesmiths.
-Mokume Gane. This class will focus of fusing copper and brass and traditional patterning techniques. This class takes alot of patience, and with a 50% success rate, it is not for the slight of heart. This class will teach the basics fo fusing the two materials, and allow for further discussion on advanced techniques.
I will post class dates as soon as they become available. Thanks!