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Forging Hammer 101
The forging hammer is the foundation of forging for a blacksmith. This course introduces the techniques required to create a traditional forging hammer that is the right weight, size and balance according to the body and style of the smith.
Starting out as a block or billet of steel, students will design a hammer head, forge the billet to size, punch the eye for the handle and forge in some decorative fullers. To finish off students will heat treat the hammer head, shape the handle from spotted gum and fit it to their hammer ready for use.
Steel selection: hard vs tough
Use of oil or gas furnaces and coke forges
Anvil forging of large billets
Striking and cooperative blacksmithing
Punching the eye with a hydraulic press
Handle Shaping and fitment
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- Steel selection: hard vs tough
- Anvil forging of large billets
- Heat steel using oil or gas furnaces and coke forges
- All materials provided
- Safety gear: leather blacksmithing aprons, eye protection and ear plugs
- One forging hammer
- Just yourself!
- Lunch and morning tea
Please wear clothing appropriate for a workshop. This includes long pants and sleeves preferably natural fibre, solid shoes/boots
Beginners and practicing smiths