Introduction to the Forge
This course is designed as an introduction to the methods and language of the blacksmith; whether you’ve experimented with a forge in your backyard or never built a fire before, this course is for you. Students will learn by demonstration, then try out the techniques for themselves. The course will cover the following topics: safety in the shop, a brief history of forging, basic fuel types, fire building and tending, hammering techniques, and basic steel manipulation. Students will practice their new skills by producing small works such as hooks and fire pokers. Several books illustrated with design ideas and methodology will be available for reference. Materials fee includes the use of coal/gas for forgework as well as the cost of steel.
You will need the following tools for this class:
- leather gloves
- cotton shirts (no nylon clothing)
- leather shoes
- clothing comfortable to be outdoors
- preferred safety glasses and hearing protection (North House provides these, but you might prefer your own)
- work apron
Feel free to bring your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course.
Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.