Making nails has been one the oldest forms of Blacksmithing for centuries. It is usually the first task of any apprentice to learn the basics skills necessary toward becoming a blacksmith.
This course does not require a lot of strength nor skill-set prior to the class. For these reasons it is the perfect starting lesson for those wanting to try their hand at some old fashioned Blacksmithing. This course will teach students the proper terms, techniques, and protocols required to successfully create usable nails. For anyone looking to get a basic understanding of Blacksmithing, this is the course for you.
There will be no refunds within 14 days of the event.
About the Instructor:
Class is taught by with Kenneth of Fire & Brimstone Forge.
Age: there are no age restrictions to the class. Please read carefully the disclaimers and guidelines
What to wear: At RMM, you must dress safely and appropriately. Arrive for class in all-natural fiber clothing (100% cotton), long pants, and closed-toe, closed-heel shoes with socks that protect up to the ankle. Long hair must be tied back. Nylon, polyester, spandex, or other synthetics are not allowed around machines, equipment, or processes that can produce hot fragments, sparks, or flames. Additional protective gear will be provided as needed. The CDC has a guide to acceptable cloth masks that help prevent the spread of infection.
Students will learn how to forge a knife out of a horseshoe by hot cutting and shaping. This is a wonderful class to learn hammer control and establishing bevels through hammer blows. In this class, tongs will be introduced so there might be a learning curve for those who have never used the tool before. Students will have to balance using tongs in one hand and hammering with the other to establish bevels and flatten the steel.
About the Instructor: Classes taught by Kenneth of Fire & Brimstone Forge
Prerequisites: Recommended to take "Learn to Forge nails" first
This is a 2 Day Class. In this class students will learn how to take one metal object and transform it into another in a case of extreme transformation. Students will take old hammers consisting of tool steel and transform the striking surface into an axe. Students will also be introduced to drifting dies designed to widen the eye for proper fitting to an axe handle. From here students will learn how to shape and refine the blade using the grinder and finally finishing it off with a fair amount of sanding before polishing. The final task is the heat treatment to temper the blade to withstand heavy blows. This will involve normalization, oil quenching, and heat tempering.
Forging a Christmas Ornament
NOTE: Forging a Dagger is a 2 day course. This class will require students to meet at the very least twice on separate days with the professor. It is strongly recommended that the time between classes is used for some out of class work with access to the shop during Red Mountain Makers regularity scheduled hours of operation.
Creation and Assembly “the use of multiple skills” (high work level)
Details: Using various pieces of bar steel students will forge various fitted components that will be assembled to create a functional dagger. Students will utilize a wide range of blacksmithing techniques to design and fashion a blade, cross guard, and pommel set within the parameters of the project. This class will introduce decorative fluting and basket weaves to be used as the handle! Though it is not specifically required, a basic understanding of blacksmithing and attuned hand eye coordination is strongly suggested before attempting this course.
Task involved - (drawing/stretching, measuring, hammering, beveling, forming, bending, cutting, penning, filing, slitting, punching, grinding, sanding, sharpening, assembling, oil quenching, normalization, tempering, heat bluing, oiling, stretching/drawing, flattening, forge welding, straightening, beveling, assembling, punching heat treating/tempering, grind.ng, sanding, polishing, honing the edge/stropping)
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