|ABSTRACT : Introduction to Blacksmithing, a basic level training course for beginners. Artisan Blacksmith Darrell Markewitz offers a regular series of weekend long programs in a number of aspects of traditional Blacksmithing. Special courses include : layered steels (pattern welding), bladesmithing / knife making, bronze casting, iron smelting. Programs held at the Wareham Forge in Ontario Canada, with remote teaching offered at other facilities.|
A beginner's level course
with Darrell Markewitz at the Wareham Forge
NOTE : This
information only available as documentation
This course stresses a 'hands on' approach with close
personal supervision. There are never more than
TWO students per session - each with his own
work station. Each has a separate work space, with a
propane or coal forge used in rotation.
Programs are open to any physically able people,
from young adults onwards. (Aged 16 and up
- see a special note : Teens as
Basic Course - Rough Outline:
The session includes 18 hours instruction.
Friday : 8-10 pm
|Sunday - 9 am - 5 pm
(8:30) : Students start the coal forge
Demo : cylindrical taper, 3D and reversal curves, spirals, simple leaves
Project session : tendril wall hook
Discussion : simple gas forges / simple coal forge
Demo : 'notch', spear point, hot punch, shape and contour, forging an edge, simple heat treating
Project Session : One Piece Knife
AND / OR (as time / interest permits)
Demo : split & taper, shoulder & taper, hot punching, notch and draw
Project session : toasting fork
Fees: Basic cost - $425* (plus 13% HST)
The fees include all materials used for the basic projects, technique notes and bibliography (on disk). Basic safety gear (glasses, aprons and ear plugs) will be provided. It is suggested students bring lunches and snacks with them. Note that each session is always limited to no more than TWO students. Students will be required to pay for any metal used for extra projects outside of the course outline.
* Discount when two or more students book together!
* Discount for members of the SCA!
* Discount for members of the Ontario Artist Blacksmith
* Groups can book an entire session at a reduced single fee price!
Registration: Only a deposit secures a booking, remember courses fill early! Complete the enclosed application and return it as well. Confirmation will be made by e-mail. To ensure your place - make a DEPOSIT - Make sure you include the COURSE DATE!
Cancellations: Please see the detailed policy (on
the initial courses sheet).
Student Equipment: Each student should bring
suitable clothing: leather work boots above the ankle,
heavy cotton pants and shirts (denim, flannel), and some
kind of cap is suggested. Temperatures in Grey County are
always about 5 degrees lower than the Toronto area, so
loose fitting clothing, consisting of several layers that
will provide warmth and still permit movement, is
suggested. Remember the forge is a dirty place!
Please read the more detailed information these topics available at the bottom of the general Courses page
the Wareham Forge
The Hamlet of Wareham, R.R. #2 Proton
CANADA - N0C 1L0
(519) 923-9219 // firstname.lastname@example.org
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