Making nails has been one the oldest forms of Blacksmithing for centuries. It is usually the first task of any apprentice to learn the basics skills necessary toward becoming a blacksmith.
This course does not require a lot of strength nor skill-set prior to the class. For these reasons it is the perfect starting lesson for those wanting to try their hand at some old fashioned Blacksmithing. This course will teach students the proper terms, techniques, and protocols required to successfully create usable nails. For anyone looking to get a basic understanding of Blacksmithing, this is the course for you.
There will be no refunds within 14 days of the event.
About the Instructor:
Sean Lytle started to learn blacksmithing from Sons of Vulcan in Birmingham several years ago when master smith Lee McKee was alive. Recently, Sean has trained extensively with Kenneth of Fire & Brimstone Forge. Over the past year. Interest in Blacksmithing include history, artistry, and teaching.
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.
Learn how to hand forge a beautiful iron rose. Within this class students will texture and manipulate metal through a host of different blacksmithing techniques necessary to produce a metal flower.
Though no previous knowledge is necessarily required, this is a more advanced class designed to challenge student’s hand-eye coordination and sculpting. "Forging Nails" and other beginners / intermediate classes offered at RMM are recommended prior to taking this advanced class
About the Instructor:
Forging a Leaf Key Fob
Students will learn how to forge a key fob in the shape of a leaf. Floral and decorative patterns are a hallmark of smithing; rather it’s for a unique decoration or repeating pattern. It is often a artistic liberty used to enhance work as well as show likeness through the dichotomy of the hard steel and organic shape. In this class students will advance their skills by forging a key-fob in the shape of a leaf. Techniques such as dishing, pattern impression, and brush gilding will be introduced.
About the Instructor: Sean Lytle started to learn blacksmithing from Sons of Vulcan in Birmingham several years ago when master smith Lee McKee was alive. Recently, Sean has trained extensively with Kenneth of Fire & Brimstone Forge over the past year. Interest in Blacksmithing include history, artistry, and teaching.
Prerequisites: Recommended to take "Learn to Forge nails" first
Punching through hot metal is a technique used in a time before drills and other methods for boring holes in metal were possible. Students who take this class will learn and utilize this technique in conjunction with various forms of shaping metal to produce a bottle opener.
This class is designed around the precision students will need to successfully create a working bottle opener while honing their sculpting skills. Though no previous knowledge is required for this course it is suggested that students have a basic understanding of blacksmithing.
About the Instructor: Class is taught by Sean Lytle, who has trained extensively with Kenneth of Fire & Brimstone Forge
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