October 7 - 11, 2024

Forging Fundamentals

Workshop Overview

Materials Included

In this week-long workshop we will discuss in general terms, and use the basic fundamental concepts of forging, focusing on the “how” and the “why”. These concepts include, terminology, differing hammer blows and when to use them, tapering, drawing, set-downs, isolations and more. In addition, we will cover basic Coal Fire management and introduce “Smith and Striker” work.

The ideal student for this workshop is someone who may not have lots of forging experience but has a genuine curiosity of the how and why. This course is for people that don’t just want to watch a YouTube tutorial on the steps associated with making something but want to understand a series of basic forging techniques that can be applied to various different projects.

It has been suggested to me more than once that I should call this class “Forging for Nerds.”



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Meet the Instructor

Michael Barton

I am an Automotive Engineer by trade, and an avid hobby blacksmith. My first love is tool making and I am very interested in sculptural forging (I am early in this journey). I Co-Lead a weekly Forging introduction program “Open Forge” introducing forging to people with little experience. I often connect best with students that…

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