August 28, 2021
10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Ticket Price $100.00 non refundable
6 tickets maximum
Have you wondered if blacksmithing is for you? Wanted to try it, but didn’t know where to start or who to ask? Never swung a hammer or hit hot metal but are fascinated by watching blacksmiths at work? Are you a beginning blacksmith looking to expand your skills?
Well then…. Join us Saturday, August 28th for our next Introduction to Blacksmithing class at the Banton-Smith Center for Blacksmith & Metal Arts. In this class we’ll learn about basic safety; introduce some basic tools and techniques; and make a Spatula and a Drive Hook to hang it on. This project will highlight some of the basic fundamentals of blacksmithing – Hammer control, Drawing out, Tapering, Twisting, Bending/Scrolling, and forging a shoulder using Half-face Hammer Blows.
– Working with hot metal requires some precautions – substantial, closed-toed shoes are required. Cotton, wool, or other non-synthetic clothing is recommended – things like nylon or fleece can melt and stick to skin. We’ll teach ways to work with the metal that shouldn’t need gloves. Eye and Ear protection are required – we can provide it for $5.00 or you can bring your own.
– Minimum age 18 (no exceptions please).
– If you are buying a ticket for someone else, please let us know who will attend the class and provide contact information so we can best tailor the instruction for the class make-up or contact attendees in case of last-minute changes or cancellation.
– Bring your own lunch. We will take a mid-class break. We will have water.