About this Event
Project/open forge come join us and we will teach the basics of blacksmithing by helping you forge an artistic and useful creation! Some of our previous projects have been bottle openers, steak turners, napkin rings, S hooks, and incense or candle holders.
PROJECT FOR THIS CLASS
This class will focus on making an herb chopper blade repurposed from a farriers rasp (see photos). Processes will include annealing, drawing and tapering, forging in the bevels, as well as heating and quenching the high carbon steel. This is an intermediate project: beginners are also welcome though they may find this project challenging.
Due to time constraints, additional work will need to be done after the class to complete the polishing of the blade.
Please read the Special Considerations (below) regarding appropriate clothing: no Nylon/synthetic shoes/clothing please. We're making great progress on wearing appropriate clothing..
$10 is to cover the cost of materials and fuel.
Join us to learn the basics of making hand forged iron and steel objects, no experience required.
Each class will have a project to make with experienced instructors showing you the techniques required to build the project and take it home with you.
All tools and equipment are provided, so come out and have some fun building a new skill.
If you have some experience and would like to work on your own projects you can also come out for some open forge time.
Assistance before and after the event with setup and tear-down would be appreciated.
Special Considerations and Warnings
Age 18 and up. Younger members 16 and up can participate (with parents).
Blacksmithing involves a lot of hammering and working with red-hot metal.
Wear clothing appropriate for outdoor work, including closed toed shoes and natural fiber clothing (100% Cotton and wool good, nylon and polyester bad). Hot metal dropped onto synthetic materials can lead to burning goo sticking to skin - not a good thing.
Safety glasses, ear muffs, and aprons are available though you can bring your own if you'd rather.
Participation while wearing shorts and/or open-toed shoes/sandals will not be permitted. A limited number of pairs of shoe covers will be provided for those wearing shoes made of synthetic materials.