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Blacksmithing & Toolmaking

Forging A Mjolnir: The Blacksmith's Rounding Hammer

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Course Overview

No power hammer? No problem! In this class we learn to forge a rounding hammer by hand, without the use of power hammers.  We will forge a 2.5 lb rounding hammer from a solid piece of steel.  First, we will forge the set of tools needed to make the hammer including a slot punch, drift, and a set of hammer tongs. There will be a focus on teamwork and team striking in order to forge the larger stock we are dealing with. We will cover how to strike for another smith, and how to punch slots through large diameter steel.  We will learn the basics of heat treating, how to dress a hammer properly, and how to affix a hammer head to a handle. This class is specifically aimed  towards folks that do not have power hammers in their shops.  It is amazing the amount of work you can get done with a partner swinging a sledge hammer! It is such a joy to forge with a hammer you have forged yourself! Students will need to swing a 6 lb sledge hammer. Students also need the ability to work together as a team, and most importantly have fun doing it! A child 16 and up can work with an adult.


Required Tools

  • All cotton clothing

  • Closed Toed Shoes

  • Safety Glasses (available to borrow, but you may prefer your own) 


Optional Tools

  • Leather Apron

  • Leather Gloves

  • Blacksmiths Hammer

  • 6lb or 8lb Sledge

  • Horned Viking Helmet 


Thu, Jun 29th, 2023  –  Mon, Jul 3rd, 2023

Course Details

Hours: 9am-5pm each day
Tuition: $465.00
Materials fee: $180.00
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Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Jordan Borstelmann
Jordan Borstelmann
Gainesville, Florida

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Forging A Mjolnir: The Blacksmith's Rounding Hammer