Beginner Blacksmithing

with

Dereck Glaser

Class runs: March 24-27

Tuition: $525.00

Material fee: $40.00

Skill level: Beginner and up

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       The goal of this class is familiarize the student with the tools and techniques that are employed by the blacksmith.  We will start with a tour of the shop and discuss the tools and their uses, including coal and gas forges and their operation.  We will also be focusing in on the proper use of the hammer and anvil and developing good habits that will aid in productivity.  Emphasis on all exercises will strengthen the seven primary forging processes and work learning to forge tapers, upsets, shoulders, bending, spreading, top tool work such as cutting and punching, and forge welding.  Each of these skills will be applied to specific projects.  We will be focusing on the process, not the project, we will take time to diagnose our mistakes and understand how to overcome them as they arise. Come ready to learn and leave with an understanding of the skills you will need to do the work of the blacksmith. 

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Some stills from Lee’s class. #leesauder #ironsmelting #somethingfromnothingSo not only did we make 4 blooms of iron, Lee guided us through remelting all the bits that fell off the blooms in forging and carburizing it in this smaller furnace. We were able to make some beautiful high carbon material! #homemadesteel #makesometoolsLee Sauder is amazing asset to our community and it was a pleasure to have him back for another smelting workshop. This is the climax, when a big beautiful bloom of Iron gets brought into the world! #bloomerysmelting #oretoiron #nothingtosomethingRED hammer faces, means one thing, it’s Smelting Week at NESM.  Busting up ore and making clay, the foundations of a successful smelt. Thank you Lee Sauder !!ya#newenglandschoolofmetalwork #acienttechnology #ironsmelting #gettingdirtyAwesome Gladius class from @samsalvati_bs! These things are scary sharp! Great job fellas! #handforged #gladius #bladesmith #blacksmithAvailable workshops! Enroll at www.newenglandschoolofmetalwork.com #craft #art #handmade #educationGreat 2 week workshop with @steveculverknives and Christoph Deringer! Both makers are so different and have so much to offer the students really got a treat! #americanbladesmithsociety #journeytojs #forgedDerek Heidemann of Sturbridge Village really taught a wonderful class last week on a filing Vise. He’s a shining star in the world of traditional work right now. #colonialaf #handwork #forgeandfiledDerek Heidemann of Sturbridge Village is up this week teaching a very cool filing vise workshop. You can see the nearly completed vise in the foreground. Here he is tempering a return spring using an old school cool method. #colonial #oldschoolcool #toolstomaketools