Learn to forge metal with a hammer and anvil while gaining basic working skills of blacksmithing tools and techniques. Topics covered will include; coal forge maintenance, hammering techniques, use of tongs, anvils, and vises. Hands-on work will teach you to create tapers to scrolls, bending, forming, hot punching, riveting and hot cutting. Expect to leave with basic skills and understanding needed to forge hot steel. If you have prior experience this class will help you refresh your skills.
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Dan was introduced to Blacksmithing at Peters Valley during college. After graduating from Parsons School of Design, Dan apprenticed as a Blacksmith. This led him to train at the International College of French Wrought Ironwork in Muizon, France, years working at a high profile architectural metal company, and a couple of years teaching Blacksmithing at a craft school in Ireland. Dan is now a Union Ironworker and Welding Instructor.