BLACKSMITH CLASSES

June 1 2019

Blacksmith class at my forge

Basic blacksmithing 101:

Learn how to make a fire poker and small J hook to hang it on, just in time for camping season. Cost is 225.00 per student. The class is from 10:00 -4:00. You will learn how to draw out and taper metal as well as making a fish tail scroll and learn to twist metal. Students will need to have closed toed (preferably steel toed) shoes/boots. 100% cotton clothing with long sleeved shirt. Safety glasses and leather gloves. No hairspray and hair tied back . A student waiver will need to be signed before class begins. There are only 2 places available for this class. If you have any questions or wish to sign up for this class please feel free to contact me: ironsunsetforge@gmail.com

As of 2018 I’ll be doing blacksmithing classes at Olds College:

https://www.oldscollege.ca/programs/continuing-education/trades/fundamental-forging/index.html

https://www.oldscollege.ca/programs/continuing-education/trades/handforged-jewellery/index.html

More info for upcoming blacksmith classes will be added soon

Art Welding Class Blog 2019

I’m super excited that in a couple of days I’ll be starting the Art Welding Class at Red Deer College. I was fortunate this year to be given an arts grant from the city of Lacombe to take this class. This was my first time writing up a proposal for an arts grant and I totally understand the difficulty and stress now in going through this process. I can’t wait to see how this will benefit and compliment my blacksmithing. The college decided to add another class in the last week with how much interest there was this year for this class, which I am grateful for as I was on the waiting list myself. Unfortunately I had a fall on Thursday night and have injured my right leg( I’m waiting for the xrays but the doctor is optimistic) I can’t put a lot of weight on it yet and I’m being good ( under the watchful eye of my husband ) to keep leg up and not to force it too much for the next couple of days. It’s been fun trying to get use to using crutches. I’m still going to the class but I may be a little slower moving. It’s going to be a challenge next week but I’m up for it. I’ll be writing about my daily adventures on instagram and posting here and with photos in what I’m doing. I have several ideas on what it is I want to try with the 3D welding I’m hoping my teacher is up for this 👍

Cleaning up the shop….

So as I start to tidy up the shop for the next project, which hasn’t been decided, my husband suggested that now would be a good idea to do some repairs on things too. A fellow blacksmith, Dennis , had popped in last week for a visit and suggested a cool idea for my portable vise and table. I’ve had this set up for over fifteen years and it’s been through a lot of changes but I still seemed to have an issue with it shifting a lot. Dennis’ cool idea was to weld some angle iron to it. I know a simple idea and one I should have thought of but when you’ve done something one way for so long it takes a new set of eyes sometimes. Forest; trees ; that sort of thing . So with help from my hunny we got it sorted and I did a some welding to the table. It looks great and seems to be holding up👍. Thanks Dennis for the idea. Now back to cleaning the shop ….. till I find something else to fix 😉