At The Forge | Burnaby Village Museum All classes (except Immersion) at the forge are from 9am-1pm. Cost: $75.00 per session ($67.50 for members). Pre-registration is required. Registration can be done over the phone or in-person at the museum or at any Burnaby recreation centre, or on-line through WebReg. (A family PIN, client number and a credit card are required to use WebReg. Basic A brief history of blacksmithing and metallurgy provides the framework for this unique workshop experience. Forge Welding Learn traditional welding techniques that have been practised for more than 3,000 years. Tool Making Students are introduced to the basics of working with tool steel. Tong Making Blacksmith's unlike other artisans, made their own tools. Immersion This 9am-3pm (half hour break) course is for students who would like a more in-depth introduction to blacksmithing, or who are thinking of taking it up as a hobby. Ornamental Animal Heads Students must wear steel-toed boots during all At the Forge class. Schedule of Classes*
Blacksmithing - Appropriate technology: Journey to Forever With an anvil and a hammer a blacksmith can make everything else he needs. Then he makes everything everyone else needs: the farmers, builders, carpenters, craftsmen, householders, cooks. Tools for Self Reliance: Practical Help to Practical People Overseas -- "In the struggle to develop, bare hands are not enough -- Could you work without tools?" "The Blacksmith and the Farmer -- Rural Manufacturing in Sub-Saharan Africa" by David Poston, 1994, Practical Action, ISBN 1853391271 Poston's recognition of the significance of traditional blacksmithing to rural economies came during a study visit to Zaire and Zambia in 1986. "The Survival of the Fitter: Lives of some African engineers" by John Powell, 1995, Practical Action, ISBN 1853393169 Traces the development of Ghana's informal engineering sector through the progress of the actual people involved. "The Art of Blacksmithing" by Alex W. "The Complete Modern Blacksmith" by Alexander G. "Blacksmithing" by James M. Small iron foundry Machining
Drawn to Fire When blacksmithing is depicted in popular culture, the image tends to be one of brute strength rather than finesse: A male of Wagnerian proportions wields a hammer overhead as veins bulge and sweat drops from his protuberant brow. At Shawn Lovell’s studio in Alameda, California, such clichés are shattered with each strike of her hammer. A lithe and wiry 49, Lovell demonstrates her technique for forging a leaf, in a sequence that resembles a tightly choreographed dance, moving from anvil to power hammer and back to the coal-fed flames in fluid, efficient movements. “I’ve learned from many mentors over the years,” Lovell says. Lovell credits organizations such as the California Blacksmith Association with helping to revive what in the 1970s was a dying craft, in part by providing a kind of ongoing extension course – offering demonstrations, workshops, and, perhaps most important, community. “My landlord, an avid gardener, asked me to create a bed as a gift for her husband,” Lovell says.
Indiana Blacksmithing Association, Inc. Blacksmith Basics Forging the Hammer Starting To Blacksmith Artist Blacksmith Forging Iron Leaf Blacksmithing 101: How to Make A Forge & Start Hammering Metal If you want to work with metal, there's one thing you have to confront: You need heat. With it, you can make the toughest metal submit to your will. Without it, you'll never gain full mastery over this stubborn material. Over the years, I have been frustrated by my inability to work hot steel. But blacksmithing never felt alien. Building the Forge Maybe it's because our smokestack industries are in decline that a rising number of Americans feel the need to get their metalworking fix in home workshops. First, I needed a forge. I enlisted the help of Mike Allen, our senior auto editor and a crack metalworker. Once the supplies were in, we set to work building the forge, beginning with its stand. With the stand tacked, he flipped up his mask and handed me the welding gun: "You take it from here." After we comÂpleted the stand, we riveted sheetmetal into a hood and fashioned a chimney from a 5-ft piece of stovepipe. Now we just had to let the furnace cement cure overnight. Firing the Coal