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Blacksmithing: Crafting The Tools of the Trade

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Course Overview

In this course, students will begin to outfit their own blacksmithing tool chest while simultaneously learning the foundations of forging. Primary tool projects will include fire rakes, tongs, punches, chisels, and other smaller projects as time allows. Heat treatment, forging, fire types, forge welding, and more will be covered as we work to cultivate both our skills and tools. This class is suitable for beginners and for those who would like to continue their learning. This course is open to ages 16+. Youth ages 14-15 are welcome to participate with a full-paying adult. Youth registrant will receive a 25% intergenerational discount; call to inquire.

Required Tools

  • Safety glasses (provided, but you may wish to bring your own)
  • Ear protection (provided, but you may wish to bring your own)
  • Leather gloves
  • Jeans
  • Cotton shirts (no nylon clothing)
  • Leather shoes
  • Clothing comfortable to be outdoors

Optional Tools

  • Steel punch
  • Steel chisels
  • Hack saw
  • Vice grips
  • Channel locks
  • Camera
  • Your favorite blacksmithing hammer (non claw types)
  • Good file for steel
  • Tongs or over-sized pliers
  • 4.5" grinder

Currently Scheduled Sessions