Sunday September 12, 2021 – 10am – 4pm – $220.00 Max 6 Students.
Forging Blacksmith Tools from Scrap Steel
*This class is for folks who have either taken a hands-on beginner blacksmith class or have a decent amount of experience and proficiency with forging hot steel. *
We will start the day by forging a punch and chisel from automotive coil spring, which will involve basic forging and traditional heat-treating techniques. We will then use these tools to assist in making a pair of flat-jaw tongs from scrap rebar, that are designed for grasping round, square, and flat ¼” bar.
In this class you will primarily learn how to punch, chisel, and shoulder hot steel. You will also be developing a better understanding of the characteristics of steel, the qualities of a good blacksmith tool, and increase your ability to forge more precisely. If you finish early, you will have the opportunity to try your new tools on a small project of your choosing.
Note about what to wear – Avoid wearing synthetic fabrics – they tend to be flammable. Make sure your pants fit over the tops of your boots so nothing hot can fall in them. Safety glasses and ear plugs are available or bring your own. Bringing your own leather gloves can be a good idea. Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated.
This class is taught by Joe Vachon who has made a living as a blacksmith and bladesmith for 14 years and is a Forged in Fire Champion (Season 6, Episode 27)