A Taste of Blacksmithing – Part 1

October 19, 2019 @ 11:30 am – 3:30 pm America/Chicago Timezone
Ely Folk School
209 E Sheridan St
MN 55731

Saturday, Oct. 19, 201911:30 AM-3:30 PM

Tuition: $40 Materials: $5

This class is the most basic with the objective of creating a classic ‘S’ hook using basic blacksmithing techniques. Students will learn the proper color (temperature) to start forging, basic hammering techniques for elongating, bending and twisting metal and go home with a functional ‘S’ hook. Basic forge safety and management will be discussed.

The classes will be limited to six students. Students must bring protective, fire-resistant gloves, available at local hardware stores, under $10. Safety glasses and aprons will be provided but students should bring their own if they have them. Wear clothing appropriate to wear working with coals and intense heat.

About the instructors: Chris Mueller and Phil Leino are both intrigued by the process of taking a static material like iron and dynamically transforming it into something beautiful and useful. They have both been instrumental in getting the Folk School blacksmith shop up and running.

Chris was a professional Blacksmith for 25 years in East Tennessee where he completed major projects on 24 Houses and several furniture projects. He ‘tinkered’ with the art for 17 years before that and attended several advanced courses at John C Campbell Folkschool in Brasstown, North Carolina in the late 1990’s.and early 2000’s.

Phil grew up in Ely hearing stories about his blacksmith grandfather and working with his Dad fabricating metal tools. After graduating with a Masters in botany and PhD in plant sciences, he picked up more metalworking skills along the way, which he has put to use making equipment needed in his research, creating a functional forge at a high school in Idaho, and demonstrating blacksmithing at Living History Farms in Iowa. He donated the first forge for the Ely Folk School, which was the first step of our blacksmith program.

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