Wrought Academy Blacksmithing Classes
September to December 2017
Wrought Academy is marking the Fall of 2017 by introducing several new classes, including a second beginning-level class (Basic Blacksmithing 2), as well as more basic 2-day classes in blade smithing and axe forging that are geared toward students who would like to gain skills in these topics before moving on to the more advanced, 3-day versions of the classes. We will also now offer a weekend class in forge welding and another in silver wire inlay into steel (as distinct from the silver overlay / koftgari class). In early December we will offer a gift-making workshop which will allow participants to work for one or two days on making bottle openers (this year's theme) as holiday gifts. To top it all off we will have a shop party on Saturday, December 9th to celebrate the conclusion of the 2017 teaching year at Wrought Academy over food and glasses of our house mead.
Basic Blacksmithing 2
DATE: Septermber 9 and 10, 2017, from 10am to 6pm.
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This class will build on the skills taught in the Basic Blacksmithing 1 class and include new techniques such as hot chiseling, punching and heat treating steel.
Basic Forge Welding
DATE: September 16 and 17, 2017
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In this class we will focus on forge welded joinery which was essential to building much of the beautiful ironwork and tools which were common in our pre-industrialized past.
DATE: October 7 and 8 , 2017
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Students will be taught foundational bladesmithing skills including tang, point and bevel forging in mild steel, them move on to high carbon steel to forge and heat treat their own knives.
Basic Axe Forging
DATE: October 14 and 15, 2017
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This class will teach students the forging and forge welding skills needed to produce an all-welded, utilitarian "belt axe" (a small camping axe).
Forge a Pattern Welded Knife Blade
DATE: November 3, 4, and 5, 2017
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This intermediate level three-day class will focus on the forge welding techniques required to produce Sax blades (the Sax is the Viking knife) with a twisted , serpent pattern that is integral to its very steel.
Silver Inlay in Steel
DATE: November 18 and 19, 2017
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In this class we will cover basic techniques to make tools and inlay silver wire into soft steel samples to create striking decorations.
Holiday Gifts: Bottle Openers
DATE: December 2, 2017
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DATE: December 3, 2017
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These are workshops for producing bottle openers as holiday gifts which can each be enrolled in separately (note: participants are of course welcome to enroll in both!)
Open Shop and Mead Tasting
DATE: December 9, 2017
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The event will take place on Saturday to celebrate the conclusion of our 2017 year of teaching at Wrought Academy. Come say hello at the shop and raise a glass of mead with us in the spirit of the approaching holidays.