Projects for the Developing Blacksmith
Class runs: October 1-4
Material fee: $50
Skill level: Seasoned beginner and up
This course is designed to develop basic traditional blacksmith skills which can be applied to many materials and projects. There will be multiple beginner projects to include techniques of drawing, upsetting, slitting/punching, welding, twisting/bending, etc. Efficient and effective hammer control will be stressed. Learning hammer control, understanding your tools, and working efficiently will improve your productivity and expand your forging. Each segment of the class will focus on basic techniques. The projects will challenge you to refine the skill and explore different ways of using the skill applicable to different projects. The projects will be functional and artistic. Several examples will be available and your own creative input will be encouraged. This class will also include information on how to evaluate your work and marketing strategies. Come prepared to have fun, swing the hammer, and take home several projects and tons of information!
I am an Artist Blacksmith and Certified Journeyman Farrier. I have been shoeing horses since 1990, later expanding into more blacksmith type work in 2002. The skills I have employed in my horseshoeing business have allowed me to branch into the artistic blacksmith world where I enjoy working with hot steel to create fun, beautiful and functional works. I operate Daisy Hill Forge in Sault Ste. Marie. I love learning and continuing to further my education and skills by attending several class and workshops annually as well has teaching and demonstrating locally and nationally. I am also a competitor and enter many blacksmith competitions. Clay Spencer is one of my biggest mentors.