Basic Blacksmithing #1: If you’ve never hit hot metal before, this is the class for you. Learn how to start and maintain a fire in your forge, how to find a comfortable anvil height, good hammer technique, and basic blacksmithing safety. You’ll utilize these as you learn the skills of cutting, tapering, spreading, bending, punching, twisting and scrolling steel into a decorative and functional shape.
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.