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Blacksmithing Workshop Project

Tapers (Skill Builder)

Learn the fundamentals of hammer control and drawing out stock. Tapering is simply a gradual reduction in cross section toward a set point in the material. It is the primary skill of a blacksmith and a bladesmith. Since blades are composed of complex tapers this class is a prerequisite for anyone interested in taking knife classes at the Rochester Arc + Flame Center. (Open to all levels. If you already have forging experience and would like to attend a bladesmithing class, contact the Blacksmithing Director at blacksmithing@rocafc.com to discuss dismissal of this requirement)

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Tongs (Skill Builder)

Tongs are critical tools for the blacksmith. They must securely hold blistering hot steel while the iron is worked under the hammer yet be light and agile. A set of tongs will run $30 to $60 each and one needs dozens to fit a variety of stock sizes and tasks. Being able to make your own is an invaluable skill for any budding smith. (Open to all levels.)

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Scroll Finials (Skill Builder)

Learn the various treatments one can add to the end of a bar for the beginning of a scroll to add visual elegance to your designs. Several skills will be utilized for the various designs. Students will create a sample board to take home with them. (Open to all levels.)

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Twists (Skill Builder)

Learn the various simple treatments one can add to a bar to add visual elegance and interest to your designs. Several skills will be utilized for the various twists. Students will create a sample board to take home with them. (Open to all levels.)

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Punches, Chisels & Heat Treatment

Learn the fundamentals of tool making. This session will focus on how to make some of the basic tools in every smithy's tool box and how to heat treat them appropriately for their intended uses. Students will start with a simple center punch and move on to chisels and punches as time permits. (Open to all levels)

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Wizard Head

This 8 hour workshop will cover the process and allow for the smith to forge a Wizard Head from 1/2 inch bar steel. The focus, being on the form and careful application of tool and hammer blows. A demonstration of how to make the tools for the process is included. This workshop is available to any skill level. Time and the abilities of the smith will dictate what is accomplished during the session. (Open to all levels)

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Sheet Work, Intro to Cold Chisels

This workshop will introduce students to cold working sheet metal with chisels to cut close to intricate design outlines to minimize filing and cleanup work. Focus will be on hinges. (Open to all levels)

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Making and Using Stake Tools

This class will introduce students to small stake tools with complementary hammers and how to use them for creating 3 dimensional forms. (Open to all levels)

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Leaves

This session will focus on various leaf forms and how they are created with just a hammer and anvil, well maybe some decorative tooling as well. (Open to all levels)