Blacksmith Program 2024

These courses on offer are the best place to start to learn the craft of blacksmithing.

Participants must be 16 years and over.

Blacksmith Program 2024

 ABC of Tong Making – 16/03/2024 (Four in Class)

The ABC of Tong Making encompasses a skill set and many techniques all Metalworking enthusiasts need. This class will provide you with the skills and knowledge to create this integral tool in your shop and allow you to build on your tong collection. We work through each step of the process and a full understanding of tong-making will be explained. A strong emphasis on fire maintenance and safety will also be discussed throughout the day.

Basic Power Hammer – 25kg Striker Power Hammer – 06/04/2024 (Two in Class)

Safety and technique will be the focus of this class. Power Hammer awareness and Safe Operation Procedure (SOP), along with correct operational techniques, are integral aspects when working with a Power Hammer. Individuals will acquire a better understanding of the actions of a Power Hammer after this class.

Striking: The Lost Language – 20/04/2024 (Four in Class)

This class will take us back to the past, a forgotten past, when communication in the Blacksmith shop was solely done by the ring of the anvil, via the Hand Hammer and subtle gestures by the Blacksmith. These gestures were often missed by the untrained eye and indicated what the Blacksmith needed from his or her Striker. It was the Industrial Revolution that choked out these gestures which had evolved over centuries between the Blacksmith and the Striker.

This language was the creation of generations of Blacksmiths that knew yelling, “hit it”, “go”, “again” “softer”, and “change Hammer,” was no way to move through a day’s work swiftly and effectively. In the past, the journeymen had no time to study the local language, but knew they had to learn the language that was, in many cases, used for generations in each country.

We will together work as the Blacksmith and the Striker did centuries ago and revisit a part of man’s evolutionary apprenticeship using hot metal, forge, and the lost language. A strong emphasis on fire maintenance and safety will be discussed throughout the day. 

Fire Tools for the Forge – 04/05/2024 (Four in Class)

The set of Fire Tools we will be making, encompasses many skills such as drawing out, forming eyes on the horn of the anvil, twisting, old hand crank drilling, riveting, striking, assembly, finishing, and much more. This class captures many skills, and the fire tools set, are integral in all Metalworking shops. A strong emphasis on fire maintenance and safety will also be discussed throughout the day. Also Striking Techniques will be used efficiently and safely, I’m passionate about the restoration of this lost skill.

Basic Hardening and Tempering – 08/06/2024 (Four in Class)

This class is excellent for those looking for an introduction to the Hardening and Tempering process. We will be forging three sections of 16mm round bar into your choice of chisels (K245) and hot punches (W302). Hardening and tempering (Class One) and testing will be performed on each forged piece before taking the items home. A strong emphasis on fire maintenance and safety will also be discussed throughout the day.

Leaf Work – 29/06/2024 (Four in Class)

This class is designed to further develop your metal craft skills. The class is focused on Leaf making and the techniques to produce. Whilst a requirement exists for the participant to have reasonable hammer-hand eye coordination, it is not a heavy-hitting activity.

At the end of the class, individuals shall take away steel decorative leaves and an enhanced skill set and knowledge to encourage continued development. A strong emphasis on fire maintenance and safety will also be discussed throughout the day.

Traditional Hand Tool. – 03/08/2024 (Four in Class)

This is your starting point if you want to equip your shop with traditional Hand Tools. The Double Callipers is as traditional as it gets. Two designs will be offered, and both could be achieved in one day. They will be forged and traditionally joined by old-style hand crank drilling and hot riveting. A strong emphasis on fire maintenance and safety will also be discussed throughout the day.

Hand Forging Techniques – 17/08/2024 (Four in Class)

Some of the basic Hand-Forging techniques will be performed in this class. They will consist of drawing out, forming eyes on the horn of the Anvil, bending, upsetting, spreading, punching, and drifting. The purpose of this class is to present an overall feel of what makes up the Blacksmith skill set. A strong emphasis on fire maintenance and safety will also be discussed throughout the day.

ABC of Tong Making – 14/09/2024 (Four in Class)

The ABC of Tong Making encompasses many techniques and a skill set all Metalworking enthusiasts need. This class will provide you with the skills and knowledge to create this integral tool in your shop and allow you to build on your Tong collection. We work through each step of the process and a full understanding of Tong making will be explained. A strong emphasis on fire maintenance and safety will also be discussed throughout the day.

Fire Tools for the Forge – 28/09/2024 (Four in Class)

The set of Fire Tools we will be making, encompasses many skills such as drawing out, forming eyes on the horn of the Anvil, twisting, old hand crank drilling, riveting, striking, assembly, finishing, and much more. This class captures many skills, and the Fire Tools set are integral in all Metalworking shops. A strong emphasis on fire maintenance and safety will also be discussed throughout the day. Also Striking Techniques will be used efficiently and safely, I’m passionate about the restoration of this lost skill.

Basic Power Hammer – 25kg Striker Power Hammer – 12/10/2024 (Two in Class)

Safety and technique will be the focus of this class. Power Hammer awareness and Safe Operation Procedure (SOP), along with correct operational techniques, are integral aspects when working with a Power Hammer. Individuals will acquire a better understanding of the actions of a Power Hammer after this class.

Much more will be discussed in the Blacksmith Shop within a relaxed and casual environment.

Classes will be held at Cooneana Heritage Centre. All participants must be 16 years and over.

As Blacksmithing is a physical activity, the participant should be mindful of their ability to hold and use a hammer, hold their workpiece, and be able to freely move in an active working environment with hazards. The capacity to follow instructions uninhibited is essential. 

All classes are held on Saturdays and are from 7.30am to 3.30pm (1hr for lunch) at a cost of $305.00 per student, lunches will be provided. Unfortunately, I am not able to cater for dietary requirements.

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