Introduction to Blacksmithing

Metal Fabrication

Introduction to Basic Blacksmithing

Create a bracelet, hook, spoon, or tool as you learn the basic principles of forge work, heat treatment, and metal forming.

 
Meeting Times
  1. Sat, 3/16/2024 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Sat, 3/16/2024

Closed

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Type:
Class

Location:
Outside the Welding & Sheet Metal Shop

Interests:
Forge

About

Blacksmithing, the skillful art of heating metal in a forge until it's glowing yellow-orange and becomes soft enough to shape with a hammer, tongs, anvil, and other tools, is experiencing a major renaissance. BARN is pleased to help perpetuate this ancient art with forge and blacksmithing classes.
Be guided through the creation of a simple project as you learn the basic principles of forge work, heat treatment, and metal forming, and develop an understanding of traditional tools used in the blacksmithing trade including a forge, hammers, anvil, etc. You'll build the skills needed to bend, shape, drift, and draw steel through traditional methods.

In addition to safety and best practices, we will cover:

  • Discussion of “smithing” and the main types: forging (sometimes called "sculpting"), welding, heat-treating, and finishing
  • Practice drawing by using forge, anvil, and hammers to create a traditional bracelet, spoons, forks, and various other items (time limits may result in a single project rather than multiple)
  • Individual student projects 

Details 

  • We'll meet outside on the concrete apron adjacent to the welding shop double doors. The class will be postponed in the case of severe cold, heavy rain, or high winds.
  • Enrollment is currently limited to three students due to space limitations.
  • If you have questions, contact Metal Fab Studio Led David Hays at metal.lead@bainbridgebarn.org
  • BARN will provide personal protection equipment.
 

Materials

A $10 material fee, included in the class cost, covers all the basic materials needed.

Class Policies

  • Ages 14 and up are welcome.
  • You must wear long-sleeve shirts and pants in natural fiber and closed-toe shoes, preferably leather. Athletic shoes and clothing of synthetic materials or stretch fabrics are prohibited.

BARN Policies

Instructors or Guides

Jim DeRoy
Blacksmithing

Jim has been forging custom horseshoes as a professional farrier for over thirty-five years, as well as creating architectural iron work, sculpture, and furniture for himself and clients.

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