NOTE: Forging a Dagger is a 2 day course. This class will require students to meet at the very least twice on separate days with the professor. It is strongly recommended that the time between classes is used for some out of class work with access to the shop during Red Mountain Makers regularity scheduled hours of operation.
Creation and Assembly “the use of multiple skills” (high work level)
Details: Using various pieces of bar steel students will forge various fitted components that will be assembled to create a functional dagger. Students will utilize a wide range of blacksmithing techniques to design and fashion a blade, cross guard, and pommel set within the parameters of the project. This class will introduce decorative fluting and basket weaves to be used as the handle! Though it is not specifically required, a basic understanding of blacksmithing and attuned hand eye coordination is strongly suggested before attempting this course.
Task involved - (drawing/stretching, measuring, hammering, beveling, forming, bending, cutting, penning, filing, slitting, punching, grinding, sanding, sharpening, assembling, oil quenching, normalization, tempering, heat bluing, oiling, stretching/drawing, flattening, forge welding, straightening, beveling, assembling, punching heat treating/tempering, grind.ng, sanding, polishing, honing the edge/stropping)
About the Instructor: Classes taught by Kenneth of Fire & Brimstone Forge
Age: there are no age restrictions to the class. Please read carefully the disclaimers and guidelines
What to wear: At RMM, you must dress safely and appropriately. Arrive for class in all-natural fiber clothing (100% cotton), long pants, and closed-toe, closed-heel shoes with socks that protect up to the ankle. Long hair must be tied back. Nylon, polyester, spandex, or other synthetics are not allowed around machines, equipment, or processes that can produce hot fragments, sparks, or flames. Additional protective gear will be provided as needed. The CDC has a guide to acceptable cloth masks that help prevent the spread of infection.
In this class students will learn how to take one metal object and transform it into another in a case of extreme transformation. Students will take old hammers consisting of tool steel and transform the striking surface into an axe. Students will also be introduced to drifting dies designed to widen the eye for proper fitting to an axe handle. From here students will learn how to shape and refine the blade using the grinder and finally finishing it off with a fair amount of sanding before polishing. The final task is the heat treatment to temper the blade to withstand heavy blows. This will involve normalization, oil quenching, and heat tempering.
There will be no refunds within 14 days of the event.
NOTE: Forging a Sword is a 4 day course. This class will require students to meet at the very least on four separate days with the professor. It will be important to use the time between classes meetings for some out of class work. As such students will have access to the shop during Red Mountain Makers regularity scheduled hours of operation between meetups. It is strongly recommended that this extra time is utilized to refine work that time will prohibit during class. As a bonus, One month free access to the shop will be granted after class resolves!
Details: This is it, the ultimate blacksmith class, forging a real sword from scratch! The sword is perhaps one of the most commonly associated items produced by a blacksmith. For thousands of years this tool has helped shape the world and conquered nations, even today it is still romanticize through literature and entertainment. Within this class, students will follow along with the professor and will challenge students to use their skills in the construction of a historically accurate sword. Students will create every piece from start to finish with all the tools and supplies they will need at their disposal. In part I of the class, Students will start by forming the basic shape of the sword, followed by forging the hilt which include components such as the handle, pommel, and cross guard and various hardware in part II. In part III students will work on crafting the handle working with leather and woods and perhaps horn, bone, antler, or ivory- then working on fitting everything. Finally at part IV the blade and components will go through various final heat treatments and acid washes before being put together as a final piece. This course is an advanced lesson involving more work due to its larger size and multiple step process. It is strongly recommended that those wanting to take the class first consider attending a knife course prior to this class so that it’s understood what to expect when making a sword.
Task involved - (drawing/stretching, measuring, hammering, beveling, forming, bending, cutting, penning, woodworking, filing, slitting, punching, grinding, sanding, sharpening, assembling, burn fitting, fluting, carving, oil quenching, normalization, tempering, heat bluing, oiling, this is it, the ultimate blacksmith class!
Homework- continue to refine by rough grinding and sanding the shape to the set parameters.
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