Friday, April 30, 2010

More blacksmithing to come!

Signed up for another blacksmithing class this week.  Now that I have a forge and some hammers, what's next?  Well, tongs and other tools, that's what's next.  I am actually quite excited.  I've been watching a lot of tutorials on YouTube, but seeing it in person and then making them should be fun.  Hope the weather holds out.

Here's a link to the place where I take the lessons:


Instructor: Daniel L Caldwell
One of the tests for an up and coming Blacksmith would be to make his own tools like hammers, tongs chisels and punches. The ability to take basic steel and work it into the tools of your trade was and still is a badge of honor. Learn to make and forge some of your own tools, as well as heat-treating processes and tool steels. In this 2-day workshop we will explore different types of forging processes used to produce functional tools. Some possible projects will include, hammers, tongs chisels and punches. ... This class will be fun for the intermediate as well as the advanced metalworker. Anyone from previous blacksmithing or knife forging classes is welcome. Students who have had blacksmithing classes or workshops from other instructors are welcome as well. If in doubt, please call the instructor.