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Blacksmith Training Courses And Workshops

 
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I'm teaching blacksmithing at my forge in Toronto and offer a number of different blacksmith courses and workshops tailored to meet the demand of my clients.  From a one day basic blacksmithing training class to intermediate and advanced level courses through two day workshops.  I've  introduced some speciality courses including a “Date Night”  for couples where I fast forward on the basic skills to complete a specific project.   Some of these specialty course have become favourites for Father and Son and Mother and Son activity.  I have accommodated extensive 4 day programs so if you don’t see what you are looking for contact me and I will do my best to accommodate you.

I uses a propane blacksmith forge for all classes – it's a personal preference and definitely a cleaner source of heat.  You will be provided with your own personal workstation (anvil, hammers), safety gear as noted below and share a forge.

The fees for all scheduled courses include:

  • All materials used for the basic projects

  • Basic safety gear (glasses and ear plugs) will be provided

  • Students may be required to pay for any materials used for extra projects outside those for the established course outline.

I generally work with two students but can accommodate up to four students. 

Lastly plan on having an awesome time!

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Beginner Blacksmith

(10 AM to 6 PM )

Maximum 4 students.   
Costs $175.00 /person (plus HST)

My goal in this one day workshop is to familiarize students with the basic tools and techniques that are employed by the blacksmith ensuring the student develops proper basic techniques. This one day workshop  is the first step in your engagement in the traditional art of blacksmithing.   

Your day will start with  a tour of the shop, a review of safety and  a review of the tools and the proper techniques for using them. We will focus in on the proper use of the hammer and anvil and developing good habits that will aid your productivity.  

You will be learning to draw out, upset steel, forge tapers, shouldering, decorative twisting, a diamond point, Shepard’s crook and hot punching. Each of these skills will be applied to specific projects  that you will take home at the end of the day.

Dates: Our dates are flexible. We have been booking both weekday and weekend courses depending on interest. If the dates below don’t work .  Let me know and I will see what we can make work.  I need a minimum of two people per program.

Dates Available:     

  • April 8 (Full), 15 (Full), 22 (Full), 29 (Full)
  • May 6 (Full), 13 (Full)  27 (Full)
  • June 3,(Full) 17 (Full), 24 (Full)
  • July 15 (Full), 22 (Full),
  • August 12 (Full), 19 (Full),
  • September 16 (Full), 23(Full), 30(Full)
  • October No Courses Available
  • November 4 (Full),  
  • December 2 (Full) 
  • 2018, Jan 6, 13, 20 27, Feb,3, 10, 17, 24
  • March (Please request) 

 

Specialty Courses

( 4 Hour Duration)
Maximum four students
Cost $ 95.00/person (plus HST)

Our goal in this half day workshop is to fast forward on the basic skills required to forge the specific items you are looking to make.  Unique items includes roses, snails, dice and fire pokers (which people often forge and just hang on the wall).  I’m open to other suggestions as well.  

We  forge roses for Mother's Day or that someone special!  
*E-mail us for dates

 

Date Night

( up to 3  Hour Duration)

Cost $150.00/couple (plus HST)

Tired of the same old dinner and a movie? Join us for an evening in our blacksmithing shop. We provide everything: entertaining instructors, light snacks, and all the materials necessary to make a beautiful rose with your significant other.

This is a very interactive class that does involve physical activity. If this sounds like your idea for a great experience, we promise you an evening you and your love will remember for years to come! Class sessions start at  6:00 PM or afternoon 2:00 PM 

Available Couple’s Sessions: (Price covers both people for any one of the following sessions)

Sorry,  we are not booking Data Night Courses at this time.

 


Blacksmith Safety

 You are working with metal that reaches temperatures that can seriously harm you and you are hammering on metal that causes hot spark to fly.  So I want to keep you safe.  That requires you to think about your safety.  We will review the shop safety rules on your arrival. You should plan on wearing long sleeves and long pants, (denim, flannel) a cap, leather boots above the ankle.  Layer your cloths, temperatures fluctuate in the forge and you want to comfortable.  If you have a favourite pair of safety glasses, bring them with you, if you have purchased a personal forging hammer you will want to bring it with you. Bring a notebook to take notes.