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AFS: Intermediate Blacksmithing—Forging Transitions & Set-Ups for Various Shapes w/ Bob Valentine
August 15 @ 9:00 am - August 19 @ 4:00 pm$700.00
5 days. 9am-4pm. Tuition $700. Member Tuition $600. Materials fee $125.
To master traditional forging techniques, it’s helpful to understand how to set-up material before it is forged out (the mass necessary to form a shape) and the transitions that are necessary (cross sections to cross section), in order to maintain the structural integrity and gracefulness of a piece. This class will explore traditional 18th century forging with an emphasis on transitions necessary in order to have structurally sound work. In addition, we will explore the various ways a shape can be forged out and the “set-up” necessary to forge those shapes. Students can choose from a variety of items to make, challenging both intermediate and advanced smiths. Examples of multiple items, from hardware to hearth equipment, will be available for students to examine and handle.
***NOTE: Hard shoes and long pants are required for student’s safety***