Metal Fabrication - Monday, January 10, 6 to 8 p.m.

Blacksmithing is heating pieces of wrought iron or steel until the metal becomes soft enough for shaping with hand tools, such as a hammer, anvil and chisel. Heating generally takes place in a forge fueled by propane, natural gas, coal, charcoal, or oil.

This hands-on class allows you to learn basic techniques such as drawing, bending, and twisting and then advance to splitting, scrolling, and punching. You will be able to design, complete and take home simple projects such as bracelets, triangles, hooks, spoons, tools and more.The class will include an introduction to heat treating if appropriate for the projects undertaken

Class will cover:

  • Safety and good practice.
  • Discussion of “smithing” and the 5 main types: forging (sometimes called "sculpting"), welding, heat-treating, and finishing.
  • Introduction to the propane forge and hand tools.
  • Hands on drawing, bending, practical applications and beginning projects.
  • Personal project design for next session.
  • Practicing drawing by using forge, anvil, and hammers to create a traditional Viking bracelet, spoons, forks, and various other items.
  • Combining processes through forge work.
  • Individual student projects.
  • Short demonstration of Oxy/Acetylene torch and use of the “rosebud” in metal forming.

    Class Goals:

    • Learn the basic principles of metallurgy, heat treatment and metal forming.
    • Learn to bend, shape, drift and draw steel through traditional methods.
    • Develop an understanding of traditional tools used in the blacksmithing trade including a forge, hammers, anvil, etc.

      Details:

      • Participants must wear long sleeve shirts and pants in natural fiber clothing and closed toe shoes of either leather or cotton. Athletic or synthetic shoes and stretch fabrics are prohibited.
      • Alchemy Industrial Arts will provide Personal Protection Equipment (PPE).
      • Ages 14 and up.
      • Class size is limited to 4 students to provide good mentoring.
      • BARN is practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines. Please click here to read more.
      • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to complete our simple form before you register.

        Instructor: Jeremy Loerch is a successful small business owner of Monkey Wrench Fabrication studio, focused on original pieces made from all types of metal. Expertise includes teaching and curriculum development for youth, as well as adult programming. Contact: jeremy_loerch@hotmail.com or (206) 992-8509.

        Further Contact: David Hayes, Metal Fab Studio, David@haysys.com


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