Decorative Ironwork Intensive
From fireplace tools to shelf brackets and kitchen racks, decorative ironwork can highlight any part of the Northern home. This course will enable beginners and intermediate blacksmiths to work alongside master blacksmith Michael Jones to design and build their own unique piece of ironwork. The course will start with a general introduction to design needs and aesthetics, as well as an overview of design physics and philosophy. Students will be learning to ask the right questions, think within certain parameters, and solve problems creatively. Books and resource materials will be provided to inspire design. Students will then forge test pieces to try out their designs. Students will spend the next three days working independently on their projects; the instructor will demonstrate techniques to the group as needs arise. Materials fee includes the use of coal for forgework as well as the cost of steel.
Covid Protocols: In order to provide a safe learning environment for all, we have reduced the size of our blacksmithing courses. Because students work in pairs at each forge, the tuition and materials fees now cover the participation of two students who are in a pod together and can work in close proximity to one another. Note, students can choose to register and work by themselves, but the tuition rate will not be reduced. Extra sanitation measures will be in place as well. We hope to return to larger classes and individual registrations soon!
Required Tools and Materials
- Leather gloves
- Cotton shirts (no nylon clothing)
- Leather shoes
- Clothing comfortable to be outdoors
Optional Tools and Materials
- Preferred safety glasses and hearing protection (North House provides)
- Work apron