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Blacksmithing & Toolmaking

Forge Welding Patterned Steel Billets

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Course Overview

Playing with fire and hitting heavy things has been part of humanity for…well, a long time. After all, most crafts rely on a sharp blade of some variety, made by a knowledgeable blacksmith. A blacksmith must be able to take raw material through all the steps necessary to make a blade. This course explores how to take separate layers of steel and iron and place them together to forge weld a multi steel billet. Basic fire box tending, forge operation and materials will be taught and discussed. This course would be a nice complement to the Viking-Era Smelting course taught prior, but that is not a requirement for participation. Students will leave with one or two pattern style billets. Further billet forging projects may be possible if time permits. Students should be able to swing a three pound hammer and stand for ten minutes at a time. Youth ages 14 and older are welcome to participate with an adult.


Required Tools 

  • Safety Glasses
  • Cotton or flame resistant clothing ([long sleeve shirt, blue jeans, cotton hat or head covering, cotton work apron) 
  • Leather work boots or shoes
  • Leather gloves
  • Dust mask (N95 or KN95)

Optional Tools 

  • Blacksmithing apron
  • Blacksmith hammers and tongs
  • Leather welding jacket
  • Didymium safety glasses
  • Safety face shield
  • Kevlar sleeves, kevlar neck gaiter


Fri, Aug 12th, 2022  –  Sun, Aug 14th, 2022

Course Details

Hours: 9am-5pm each day
Tuition: $330.00
Materials fee: $90.00

Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Walter Ware
Walter Ware
Thornton, Colorado USA

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Forge Welding Patterned Steel Billets