Blacksmithing for Beginners

About the course

Introduction:

This is a 6-week course, 1 day per week (Monday) designed for those who have an interest in blacksmithing and want to do a beginners level course learning new skills and be able to make simple items to take home such as a fire poker, candle holder or hanging basket bracket.

What are the entry requirements?

None – just an interest in blacksmithing.

How long is the course?

6 weeks - 1 day per week

What will the course involve?

The course will be very practical, based in the forges here at Myerscough College students will learn:

· Fire management

· Correct use of tools

· Basic forge work techniques

· H&S in a forge environment

· Possible use of a power hammer

What equipment will I need?

Everything in terms of equipment will be provided, students must bring steel toe-cap boots and eye protectors – safety glasses, sports tape, gloves, plasters in case of blisters. Please be aware this is a highly physical and hot environment, students are advised to bring a refillable water bottle with them.

What can I expect to learn from this course?

Forge work techniques using mild steel such as:

· Binding

· Twisting

· Drawing out

· Setting down

What other training programmes and progression opportunities are there?

Level 2 Certificate in Forgework

Level 2 Technical Diploma in Blacksmithing

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Blacksmithing

A blacksmith is a metalsmith who creates objects from wrought iron or steel by casting and forging the metal. Blacksmiths practise a highly skilled trade that requires many hours of training in order to understand the properties of metals, to master the tools to hammer, bend and cut, and to develop the skills needed to create objects, including horseshoes.