Beginning Blacksmithing

October 9 - October 10, 2021

Beginning Blacksmithing

$435.00

Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $335
Material Fee: $70
Registration Fee: $30

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.

Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult

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ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Sam Salvati

Sam Salvati is a professional blacksmith and instructor.  For him, shaping steel is both therapeutic and inspiring and feeds his passion for blacksmithing and bladesmithing. Sam is engaged by almost all aspects of steel working, from welding and machining to heavy industrial forging to fine artistic forging, but bladesmithing holds a special place for him. He has always been fascinated by swords of knights and samurai, and the traditional utility blades of all different cultures. Through researching bladesmithing Sam came upon blacksmithing and found a double passion that now he is lucky enough to do professionally. He lives in Maryland with his beautiful and incredible wife Kristal and their amazing daughter Leona.