Hammer & Tongs & More: Making Basic Tools

October 8, 2021 @ 5:00 pm – October 8, 2021 @ 7:00 pm America/Chicago Timezone
Ely Folk School
209 E Sheridan St
MN 55731

Friday, October 8, 2021 – 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Saturday, October 9, 2021 – 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Tuition: $115 Materials: $20

You will experience the transformative process of heating rigid metal to a bright glow and shaping it into a useful tool, like a hammer, tongs, or cooking utensil! You will learn or review the basics of forge management and safety. Students will learn to use more advanced tools and techniques like drifting, riveting, basic grinding and tempering. You will work with steels of various sizes and carbon content to make useful hardware that will last for generations. Be prepared to have fun!

This class is accessible to any level of skill. Whether you are ready to make your own pair of tongs or you are a beginner and eager to start learning with a brat fork, our instructors will cater to you! You will get to go home with your new, homemade tools!

Students need to wear rugged, non-synthetic clothing, tough boots, and protective, fire-resistant gloves, available at local hardware stores for under $10. The Folk School does provide aprons, gloves, safety glasses and earplugs, but do bring your own safety equipment if you have it. You can bring your own bag lunch including something to cook over our charcoal fires or order in from nearby restaurants.

About the instructors from Forging Community: Paul Webster holds a Masters in experiential education and a Bachelor’s in English. He has taught 18 years in high school classrooms and was a light industrial trainer for 15 years. He is a founder of Forging Community, a blacksmithing school in Duluth, MN, started in 2012. Paul has been forging since 1988 and worked as the blacksmith for Duluth Pack Store and the Frost River Trading Company doing classes and demonstrations. He has taught many community education classes and runs a limited apprenticeship program from his home forge, Greenfire.

Warren Bettencourt is a professional welder with an associate degree from Lake Superior College. He has been teaching Blacksmithing classes at Forging Community for 8 years and selling his work for 12 years at various events and demonstrations. Besides the classes he teaches, he does a great deal of production work at his home forge.

Charley Brown has been forging since 1978. He has done many demonstrations and taught numerous classes, selling work ever since picking up a hammer. Much of his career has been in plumbing and metal working. He loves the craft!

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