Beginner Blacksmithing with Dereck Glaser
Class runs: December 3-6
Material fee: $50
Skill level: Beginner and up
This class aims to familiarize the student with the tools and techniques that the blacksmith employs. We will start with a tour of the shop and discuss the tools and their uses, including coal and gas forges and their operation. We will also focus on properly using the hammer and anvil and developing good habits for productivity. Emphasis on all exercises will strengthen the seven primary forging processes and work learning to forge tapers, upsets, shoulders, bending, spreading, top tool work such as cutting and punching, and forge welding. Each of these skills will be applied to specific projects. We will focus on the process, not the project; we will take time to diagnose our mistakes and understand how to overcome them as they arise. Come ready to learn and leave with an understanding of the skills you will need to do the work of the blacksmith.
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