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A few things to know for your blacksmithing class:

    1. It is required that you wear safety shoes or boots and old natural fiber clothing and a pair of leather gloves to class. We have safety glasses for all students.
    2. We have a kitchen with a small fridge, a microwave and kettle and we encourage students in the class to bring their lunch so they can maximize their time working on the forge in the shop.
    3. The Waldie Blacksmith Shop is located at 16 James Street, just north of Main Street East in downtown Milton, right next to St. Paul’s United Church. There is a municipal parking lot just west of St. Paul’s church and another on the south side of Main.
    4. Please familiarize yourself with the following Shop Rules and Procedures before attending class:

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      General Shop Safety Precautions/Rules:

      Be aware of your surroundings: You are responsible for your own safety and safety of others!

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      THINK SAFETY AT ALL TIMES remembering-hot, sharp, dust or fumes are present

      Personal Protective Equipment Required:

      • Safety eye glasses are required at all times
      • Safety shoes must be worn in the shop area
      • Dust Mask available (fumes, grinders etc.)
      • 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
      • Ear plugs etc. (grinders etc.)


      1. Follow the instructions from the instructor at all times while working at the forge/anvil area
      2. Do Not operate any item of equipment unless you have been trained, authorized to operate it and familiar with its operation. If you have any questions regarding the use of equipment, ask the instructor. (no equip. should be used without proper instructions)
      3. Do Not wear ties, loose clothing, jewelry etc. around machinery. Long hair must be tied back or covered to keep it away from moving machinery etc.
      4. Hand protection in the form of suitable leather gloves must be used for handling hot objects or sharp-edged items.
      5. All machines must be operated with all required guards and shields in place
      6. A brush, hook or special tool is preferred for removal of chips, etc. – NEVER use the hands.
      7. Keep fingers clear of the point of operation re: forge, machinery etc.
      8. Ensure that caution is taken at all times, especially if part of the shop is open for viewing by the general public. Public barriers must be in place
      9. Do not work in the shop if tired, or in a hurry-take a break and slow down
      10. Think through the entire job before starting
      11. Keep the floor around the forge, machinery clean, dry & free from trip hazards.
      12. Report unsafe equipment to the instructor
      13. Never indulge in horseplay in the shop area