Basic Blacksmithing #4 - Saturday PM

  • October 26, 2019
  • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Basic Blacksmithing #4: Blacksmiths have been recyclers since the beginning of their craft. Come learn how to tell if that piece of scrap is wrought iron, mild steel, or tool steel. We’ll use spark and break testing to determine properties and proper treatment of various metals. We’ll finish by using the skills learned to make your choice of at least one punch or chisel. Prerequisite: Basic Blacksmithing #1 and #2 or equivalent skill.

Again, If you lack significant prerequisite skills, you may be asked to audit only, so that attention is not taken away from students who are prepared. This is solely at the discretion of the instructor, and there are NO REFUNDS.

Safety: Safety is a concern when dealing with metal often in excess of 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. No synthetic fiber clothing! Synthetics melt, stick to your skin, and burn you! Natural fibers only! In Florida, that means wear cotton. Jeans and a long sleeve cotton shirt are suggested, most of us wear jeans and a cotton t-shirt. Wear shorts at your own risk, they are not recommended. Closed-toe shoes are required; we recommend high top boots. If you show up in flip-flops we will ask you to change your shoes before entering the forging areas. A hat or a bandana to hold up long hair and keep the soot off your head is desirable. Gloves and leather or heavy canvas apron are optional depending upon personal preference.

Safety glasses are required at all times in the forging areas. Earplugs are highly recommended. If you have your own, great! If not, they're available at many stores and will be for sale at the conference.


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