Blacksmithing – The next step

October 31, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm America/Chicago Timezone
Ely Folk School
209 E Sheridan St
MN 55731

Saturday, October 31, 202010:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Tuition: $40 Materials: $15

This class will give students who have taken A Taste of Blacksmithing at the Folk School or who have other previous experience an opportunity to make a variety of S hooks requiring different blacksmithing techniques and that are used in different ways. Students will have a choice of making three different styles or three of the same style.

Anyone who can demonstrate that they have mastered the S hook by making an excellent piece in a short period of time will be able make a more complex piece, a long fireplace poker.

Bring a lunch or be prepared to order in from nearby restaurants.

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

Social distancing and appropriate COVID restrictions will be in force. Students will be asked to wear masks when appropriate.

About the instructor: Phil Leino is intrigued by the process of taking a static material like iron and dynamically transforming it into something beautiful and useful. He has been instrumental in getting the Folk School blacksmith shop up and running.

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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