The range of shapes in which steel can be formed is almost limitless, and the tools and methods used are incredibly diverse.
In this six-day class we will share the methods and tools we have learned from the world-renowned master from Israel, Tsur Sadan. This master learned from Alfred Habberman a generation blacksmith from the Czech Republic. These ways of working not only help to avert injury to the body from repetitious motion and shock but enable the smith to accomplish more in a heat with less effort. Though we found some of them a little awkward at first, once mastered we have been able to work much more quickly with a better finished product.
As the old saying goes: Give a man a fish and feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime. This class is not a project-oriented class, and the students will not leave having “made something” but, instead, students will leave with the skill and knowledge of the tools needed to make almost anything they desire.
Every project is made up of separate elements and processes. Whether a tool for the shop, a pot rack for the kitchen or a handrail winding up a flight of stairs, each piece or part must be forged individually in some sequence and then assembled. In this class we will focus on forging technique and hammer control. Each element we progress through will build on the previous one enabling you through repetition to gain mastery of the art of moving hot steel. This is for everyone who wants to excel in blacksmithing.
We encourage students to bring gloves and safety glasses.
This class is from 9 a.m – 5 p.m.
There is no prerequisite for this class.