Basic Blacksmithing #3: This class will cover the skills of upsetting and forge welding. We’ll learn how to thicken and join separate pieces of white-hot metal into a single solid piece. We’ll start with some basic welds, then combine them with techniques learned in Classes #1 and #2. 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.