Time: Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Coal Forge Tools and Tongs
Continue to improve your blacksmithing skills while getting ready to set oﬀ on your own. You will make a set of coal forge tools, including a coal rake, shovel, poker and your ﬁrst pair of tongs. Skills learned in this course will include forge welding, rivet joinery and sheet metal forming.
You will work on one or more pieces of door hardware, this could include hinges, pintles, handles, thumb latches and hasps. You will also learn how to make square nails and staples in order to mount the hardware properly. There will be old examples of hardware on display; we will spend some time learning how to study these examples to determine how they would have originally been made.
Work on various kitchen utensil projects in 18th century style; this could include a spatula, ladle, ﬂesh fork, trivet, etc. We will have books and study pieces to inspire projects and design. There will be a whitesmithing aspect to this course. Whitesmithing is the process of ﬁling the surface of a forged piece to expose the bright surface of the metal and to incorporate decorative elements into the ﬁnished piece
Intro to Blacksmithing Course
Time: Saturday or Sunday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Come out to celebrate International Women’s Day! Women have been involved in the smithy through the ages, often working in chain and nail factories or working in their family shop. You will learn how to light and maintain a fire in a coal forge, and be introduced to forging tools, hammering techniques and proper tool use. Instructor Megan Carter of Armstrong and Carter Ironworks will demonstrate two or more beginner level projects and you will make your own projects to take home.
Dates: March 9th (Snow date March 17th)