2017 Certificate – Artistic Blacksmithing: Level 1

The Certificate – Artistic Blacksmithing: Level 1 Program is a 12 month program to teach the fundamentals of Artistic Blacksmithing.


2017 Certificate Courses
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Syllabus and class schedule:

Students are required to put in at least twelve hours of lab time on premises in the month following their workshop.  Every Friday afternoon from 12pm – 6pm is available for lab time. At the present time, there is no additional lab time scheduled

Students are encouraged to take advantage of the Friday afternoon time slots as there is no additional charge for putting in extra hours on practicing and perfecting their skills.  If necessary, arrange your schedule with the instructor to achieve this lab requirement.

BSMTH 101

BSMTH 101:   September 2-3, 2017 
Introduction to blacksmithing safety and techniques. Students will learn safety and shop etiquette. Basic skills will be explored which will include fire management, hammer techniques, hand and power tool use. Projects will include a three hook wall rack and a matching pair of candle sticks. Specific techniques include square and round points, twists, tenons , controlled texturing, and use of a torch. Students will produce at least 100 hooks of a specific design during the course and will be graded on time and accuracy.

Lab Work:  
Twelve hours of lab work will be required of the student to perfect skills learned in the introductory class. Students will need to demonstrate an ability to comfortably reproduce multiple hooks that match, tenons of consistent size, twists of consistent form, and strong attractive basic joinery.

BSMTH 102:  October 7-8, 2017   
Forge Building, Welding and Fabrication:  Modern fabrication techniques will be added to the student’s skills. Introduction to mig welding, oxy-acetylene torch work, and plasma cutting  will be the focus of this class. Projects will include a blacksmiths coal forge.

Lab Work:  
Twelve hours of lab work will be required of the student to perfect fabrication skills. Students will need to be able to demonstrate an ability to accurately cut forms with modern tools, weld them together neatly and strongly, and finish them for strength and aesthetics.

Wall mounted pot rack

BSMTH 103

BSMTH 103:  November 4-5, 2017
Basic skills learned in the introductory class will be built on with the addition of basic bending and beveling techniques and layout. Introduction to bending forks and dogs as well as fullers and swages will be the focus of this class. Projects will include a wall mounted pot rack.

Lab Work:  
Twelve hours of lab work will be required of the student to perfect bending and reduction skills. Students will need to demonstrate an ability to bend consistently and accurately to a scale drawing.

BSMTH 104

BSMTH 104:  December 2-3, 2017
Tool making techniques will be taught to the students with an introduction to power hammering. Students will learn about the differences in carbon and alloy steels appropriate for tools in the forge. Students will learn the safety protocols and benefits to power hammers. The manipulation of hardness in steel will be a focus of this class.  Projects will include top tools and tongs.

Lab Work:  
Twelve hours of lab work will be required of the student to perfect hardening and tempering skills. The student will need to demonstrate an ability to consistently produce power hammered forms and tools of consistent and appropriate hardness.

BSMTH 105:   January 6-7, 2018

BSMTH 105

Intermediate skills will be introduced to the student in the form of scroll-foliate design. The student will produce a full scale layout and accurately formed scrolls with organic leaf motif. New skill introduction will be basic forge welding. Projects will include a “sketch in iron” reminiscent of a study in architectural ornamental form.

Lab Work: 
Twelve hours of lab work will be required of the student to perfect foliate and scroll forms. Students will need to demonstrate an ability to make consistent leaf and scroll forms, and seamless forge welds.

BSMTH 106

BSMTH 106:  February 3-4, 2018 
Forge welding, Tenon joints, and scroll forming skills will be built upon with the introduction of trefoil design. The student will produce a tri symmetrical full scale layout and will add jump forge welding to their repertoire. Projects will include a table top trivet with two jump welds, three lap welds, and six tenons in a specific geometric form.

Lab Work:   
Twelve hours of lab work will be required of the student to perfect the formation of ring and trefoil forms. Student will need to demonstrate an ability to produce consistent and symmetrical geometric forms to a given layout, consistent forge welds, and consistent tenons.

Chasing and Repousse

BSMTH 107

BSMTH 107:  March 3-4, 2018
Sheet metal repousse will be added to the students skills as well as beginning chasing techniques. Students will be introduced to the traditional as well as modern sheet metal cutting methods. Projects will include multi-piece roses with chased leaves and forge welded stems.

Lab Work:   
Twelve hours of lab work will be required of the student to perfect sheet metal skills and basic hot chasing work. Students will need to be able to demonstrate an ability to produce consistent floral forms with leaves with clean chased veining.

BSMTH 108 & BSMTH 109

BSMTH 108:  April 7-8, 2018
Students will now put all their accumulated skill into producing a fire place set project. A common forge welded form will be taught and students will reproduce this form during the weekend class and subsequent labs to make a five piece (poker, shovel, brush, tong, and stand) fire set. Emphasis will be put on consistent form and appropriate scale.

Lab Work: 
Lab work required to accomplish fire tools and stand.

BSMTH 109:   May 5-6, 2018 
Continuation of the fireplace set project.

Lab Work: 
Continue work to accomplish and complete fire tools and stand.

BSMTH 110:   June 2-3, 2018 
Common forms of blacksmithing business will be the focus of this class. Introduction to business management, pricing, accounting, taxes, zoning ordinance, building code, and other common issues will be discussed. In addition, scale drawing and sketching will be covered.

Lab Work:  
Twelve hours of lab work will be required of the student to perfect sketch skills and make test pieces. Students will need to be able to demonstrate an ability to draw a form on paper to scale, transfer that to full scale on a layout table, and forge and fabricate the form accurately.

BSMTH 111 & BSMTH 112: Certificate student laying out test pieces to gauge fit and scale for his final project.

BSMTH 111:   July 7-8, 2018
For the final section, students will conceive, draw, transfer to full scale, and produce a project of their own conception. Emphasis will be put on using as many forms and techniques as possible that were learned over the previous sections. The work will need to be produced in a neat, aesthetically consistent and pleasing manner.

Lab Work: 
Labs will be devoted to the completion of this work.

BSMTH 112:  August 4-5, 2018
This month will be dedicated to completing the individual projects as well as basic and intermediate skills testing one on one with the instructor.

Lab Work: 
The final lab will be used to critique the final projects as a group.

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