2018 Classes

Both Beginner and Intermediate Classes are scheduled for the 2018 – book early to get a place! You must register. Beginner Level or previous experience required for Intermediate Level course.

As individual classes are filled, the Blacksmith Coordinator works with the Blacksmiths to see if additional classes can be added. There is no guarantee of new classes, but we encourage you to check back at this page to see if new classes have been added.

There are 2 instructors for each class, either:

  • Darwyne Hourie and Larry Maughan, or
  • Mike Armstrong and Megan Carter

In order to confirm a spot in the blacksmith class you need to complete the registration form online and prepay the course fee.

Cancellations must be made 5 business days prior to the class date and there is a 3 % cancellation fee. If cancellation is less than 5 business days prior to the class date, the cancellation fee will be 50%.

If you are registering a blacksmith course for someone other than your self, the participant(s) will need to read the Shop Safety guidelines and sign the waiver.

The blacksmith class requires the students to be on their feet for most of a day and also requires stamina to be able to swing a hammer while working with hot steel and near a forge which emits heat and smoke.  It is recommended that if you are not used to regularly working with a hammer,  in preparation for taking this course that you exercise your arm muscles by practicing hammering while wearing eye protection.



In this class students will learn how to light and maintain a fire in a coal forge. Students will be introduced to forging tools, hammering techniques and proper tool use. Instructors demonstrate two or more beginner level projects and students will follow by making their own projects to take home.

Times: Saturday or Sunday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Class size: 4 Students, 2 Instructors

Cost: $200.00

Select a Class Date:
Participant’s Name:
Participant’s Street Address:
Town, Province, Postal code:
Emergency Contact name and phone:

Milton Historical Society
General Shop Safety Precautions/Rules:

  • Please review with smiths/students as part of their orientation before each class or smith begins their days operation.
  • Keep the public well back from your work area – make sure barriers are in place
  • During student instructions the public barriers must be just inside the front door preventing anyone walking through towards the carriage room. At all other times they must be up to stop the public from being to close to the work area.
  • Ensure that caution is taken at all times, especially when children are in the shop
  • Think Safety at all times while smithing, remembering – hot, sharp, dust or fumes are present
    Know where the fire extinguishers and first aid boxes are located
  • Never forge weld with the public nearby (sparks occur & could hit those watching)

Personal Protective Equipment:

  • safety eye glasses (classes or demonstrations for public, make sure all are retuned)
  • cotton hats only if used
  • ear plugs etc (grinders etc.)
  • dust mask (fumes, grinders etc.)
  • steel toed boots, shoes
  • clothing: NO SYNTHETIC – cotton clothing is a must, long shirt sleeves with no cuffs, long pants which go over shoes & socks.
  • leather heat resistant gloves
  • leather apron
  • Smiths must make sure that their long hair is tied up
  • Slack Tub – water at all times
  • Four important points to be checked regularly:
  • house keeping aspects – always keep your work area free of hazards & tidy
  • flame gases eg. Oxy acetylene equpment must be shut off and capped when not in use – (locked off)
  • flash fire eg. Hardening oils etc. must be in a metal container & capped
  • all electrical equipment must follow a lock box procedure (grinders, drills etc.) when not in use. Note: equipment should not be used without proper instructions/training.


  • MSDS Binder (material safety data sheets) – all material items have data sheets for safety information. Any new materials being used must have a data sheet in the binder.
  • No MHS Equipment should be removed from the facility
  • No outside Equipment should be brought in without prior permission by the board
  • Always put out the fire in the forge, clearing materials, closing the chimney top, check that equipment, tools etc are in working order and ready for the next smith to use. Anvil, floor should be clean & free of moisture/grease, burrs etc.
  • Prior to leaving make sure all doors are locked and lights turned off
  • In the event of thermal burns occurring, especially if they appear to be 2nd or 3rd degree burns, Contact 911 immediately. If the burned area allows you to, please follow:
  • For surface burns: Know where the first aid burn kit is located
  • For eye injuries: Medical assistance should be secured IMMEDIATELY for all and any injuries that occur near and to the eye.

NOTE: our eye wash equipment is now located in two areas
– 1st Washroom
– Kitchen or
– There is also a small eye wash cup in the 1st aid boxes

I have read and understood the above Rules and Procedures



Students will return to the forge for two and a half days to improve their blacksmithing skills. In this class students will practice what has been learned in the previous class and be introduced to traditional joinery, striking techniques and forge welding. Students will complete various projects throughout the weekend or make one project with various forged elements.

Times: Friday 6:00 – 10:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Class size: 4 Students, 2 Instructors

Cost: $500.00

Select a Class Date:

Course Information:

  • Students will be supplied with: an anvil, hammers, safety glasses
  • Students must wear natural fibre clothing (cotton or wool); a hat; leather shoes/boots; gloves. Students should bring their own brown bag lunch.
  • ALL students will have to sign a waiver releasing the MHS from liability for any personal injury or damage. Upon signing the waiver and registration form, the MHS assumes that the student has read the Shop Safety Guidelines and agrees to adhere to them.
  • If you have any questions, please contact the course organizer, Bruce Carlin at bdcarlin@gmail.com

My day at the blacksmith forge in Milton Ontario. Unfortunately none of the video has me hammering anything but I had a blast and learned a lot while I forged a couple of coat hooks. Check them out if your interested.