ABANA National Curriculum Training for All Levels
The National Curriculum is limited in its scope and deals only with developing a blacksmith’s skills in the forge environment. The lessons are exercises and are usually criterion based rather than project-based unless required for the Grille Projects.
The National Curriculum has been divided into 3 levels, with some levels having multiple subjects, each requiring considerable time requirements by the student/instructor.
Individual items have been grouped, where possible, with similar subject materials. Levels can be taught out of sequence.
It is anticipated that the student will have some access to equipment such as a Drill press, a Machinist Vice, Welder, and Oxy/Fuel system.
Students enrolling in a class can focus on any level project or technique during class. All levels will be taught at the same class time. Optional lab hours are not restricted to level or project.
The level one certificate will be awarded to those who have completed Level I basic training or the equivalent. They will have presented to their instructor the Farm Gate Latch and have passed a safety test. By doing so they have demonstrated an understanding of the basic skills of a blacksmith.
The core lessons of level one are broken down into four courses.
The first course includes safety, nomenclature, hammers, hammering, tapering, forging a staple, forging an ‘S’ hook, and forging leaves.
The second course includes making a hand-held round punch, a hot cut chisel, a hammer-eye drift, a slot punch, and hardening and tempering techniques and principles.
The third course includes making monkey tools, fullers, creating a round tenon, making a round drift, principles, and practice of forge welding, and making forge welded chain.
The fourth course will be dedicated to creating the gate latch project required for the certificate.
The Level II certificate will be awarded to those who have completed the Level II, intermediate training. They will have presented to their instructor the various exercise pieces together with the grille or equivalent, and have passed a verbal or written safety test.
Passing this level demonstrates competence in some of the Intermediate skills of a blacksmith.
The core lessons of Level II are broken down into seven courses.
The first course includes safety, a forge welded ring made to a pre-determined size, and forging a basket handle fire poker.
The second course includes forging a scrolling fork using volume, area, or weight calculations, a bending dog (horns), and a scrolling jig.
The third course is comprised of making the level IIA grille frame with mortice and tenon joints and upset square corners using two methods.
The fourth course includes making scrolling tongs and test scrolls with various finials for the level IIA grille project.
The fifth course includes making finished scrolls for the level IIA grille project and collar theory and tools. Assembly of the grille project will be expected in this course.
The sixth course includes making and using drifts of a given size and shape, bolster plates, and making calculations to determine stretch or shrinkage between punched holes in a bar.
The seventh course includes punching and drifting various shaped holes in a variety of stock cross sections.
Level 3, General Skills
The Level III certificate will be awarded to those who have completed the Level III training. They will have presented to their instructor the various exercise pieces together with the tools listed or their equivalent, and have passed a verbal or written safety test.
The core lessons of level III are broken down into six courses.
The first course includes safety, making a hammer eye drift, and creating a general-purpose leafing hammer.
The second course includes crimping and leafing stakes and three cold chisels.
The third course includes benchwork with cold chiseling and filing and the creation of a top and bottom swage to be used for the welded collar in the Level III grille project center stile.
The fourth course is a practice session to perfect the techniques of welding half-round collar material to rectangular cross-section bar stock as used in the level III grille project.
The fifth course includes making angled bolster plates and creating angled pass-throughs and making a ‘V’-shaped bolster swage.
The sixth course includes making a pair of box jaw tongs with forge-welded reins.
Level 3 Grille Project.
The core lessons of the level III Grille Project are broken down into six courses.
The first course includes safety, project planning and review of standards, assessment of tooling made in previous levels of the NC training, and transfer of the scale drawing of the grille to a full-sized layout.
The second course will be dedicated to making test pieces for all the pertinent infill elements, tracking dimensional changes due to forging, testing tooling, and refining technique. Some useable elements may be made in this course.
The third course will be spent on making the scroll foliate elements in the grille and refining them to match the layout.
The fourth course will be used to create the grille frame and blown-over center scrolls.
The fifth course includes making the center stile with welded collars, creating the tooling, producing the stock for, and making the central fluted collar.
The sixth course will be devoted to cleaning all the elements, assembling the full grille, and applying a finish.
When you sign up indicate which course you require as they will be taught concurrently on each Monday class. Core lessons are 8 AM till 5 PM and cost $180. Lab time for that class will be the Tuesday immediately following and will be paid by the amount of time spent at $10/hr. The sign-up sheet for lab time will be available during class.
A parent, guardian or responsible adult must be on site for students under 18 years of age for the duration of the class. Adults accompanying minors do not have to take the class, but they are welcome to if they wish.
Please Note: A parent, guardian or responsible adult must be on site for students under 18 years of age for the duration of the class. Adults accompanying minors do not have to take the class, but they are welcome to if they wish.
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