Hands-On blacksmithing classes.
No experience necessary!
Lessons will cover shop layout and safety, tool selection, fire and hammer control, basic metallurgy and heat treating, shaping, cutting and joinery.
Some of the techniques you will learn are a mortise and tenon joint, a forge weld, an upset, a square and a round taper, a twist, and how to slit and drift a hole.
Projects throughout the week may include forged nails, hot cut chisel, decorative hook and flux spoon. There will be ample time to design and complete a project of your choice during the last two days.
Each step of the way I will describe what will be done next, give a demonstration, then supervise as you do it yourself. This class is designed to give you a successful start.
Additional Class Information
Each class is limited to two to three students, which provides a personal teaching atmosphere not found in most other schools. Each student will have a forge and anvil to work with, and all tools and materials are provided.
Classes are held monthly to accommodate most schedules.
The instructor, David W. Osmundsen, started blacksmithing in 1976. His experience since then has been as an artist blacksmith, industral tool smith, and gunsmith. He has taught blacksmithing in Colorado, Maine, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
David's functional iron art and primitive recreations have been displayed in galleries across the nation, and he has completed work for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Park Service, and the National Forest Service. David is certified by The Northern Rockies Blacksmith Association to teach the National Curriculm of the Artist Blacksmith Association of North America.