Learn Blacksmithing

Basic Blacksmithing Class 1 Cost:  $150 (2 days)

  • 12 hours of instruction
  • Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • During the summer months weekday classes can be arranged

Basic Blacksmithing Class 2, 3, 4 and 5 cost is $85 (1 day)

  • 6 hours of instruction
  • Saturday: 8:00 a.m - 2:30 p.m.
  • During the summer months weekday classes can be arranged

What the fee covers: one-on-one instruction along with metal materials and coal used.

All students prior to starting the class will sign a (waiver) release of liability form stating that they understand the hazards and will follow the safety guidelines outlined at the beginning of class.  If the student is under the age of 18, then a parent must sign the release of liability form.

Liability Release Form (pdf)

**Prior to attending the first day of basic blacksmithing class please print, read and fill out this waiver form.  I will witness the form prior to class. Thank you.


James M. "Jeep" Sabo
Jeep's Forge

Registration

  • How to register:
    • Simply send an email, call or write to express your interest in taking a class.   We'll discuss dates and other details.
  • Class size ranges from 1 to 4 persons.
  • Minimum age requirement: 14 yrs.
  • Come prepared! 
    • What to wear: short or long sleeve shirt, long pants and closed-toe heavy shoes/boots
    • Safety goggles, apron and gloves will be provided.
    • Bring lunch and/or snacks. Bottled water provided.

What You Will Learn

In all classes there will be several small lecture sessions on history of blacksmithing, shop safety, tools and materials used in blacksmithing.

Basic Blacksmithing Class 1  (Beginners)

  • These 8 basic techniques will be taught and reinforced throughout the 2 days:

    • squaring
    • tapering/drawing out
    • rounding
    • splitting
    • fullering
    • twisting
    • holepunching
    • hot cutting

  • You will make and keep the following items:

    • 5 hooks in various styles: 2 spike, 2 nail hooks and 1 long ā€œSā€ hook
    • 1 wall mount plant hanger

If time allows additional items of your choice may be made, using the above mentioned techniques.  This may incur additional cost, depending on the amount of materials used.

Several project based Blacksmithing Classes will be available to students who complete the basic class or have the basic skills mentioned above.

Basic Blacksmithing 2

The making of the following items will be covered, items made will depend upon time:

  • Door hinges
  • Door hasp
  • Door handle

Using the techniques in the basic class plus learning how to make several different style ends for hinges and handles like the arrow head, spade, the bean and the penny.

Basic Blacksmithing 3

The making of the following cooking utensils will be covered, items made will depend upon time:

  • A Fork
  • A Spoon
  • A Spatula
  • A Dipper
  • A Sive

Basic Blacksmithing 4

Scroll techniques will be taught in this class:

Items made will consist of shelf brackets and/or a sign hanger.

Basic Blacksmithing 5

Making punches and chisels along with tempering and hardening techniques.

 

(Taken from the December 1989 issue of Colonial Homes magazine.)

"Blacksmith Shop"

Dressed in the traditional leather apron of the blacksmith, James Sabo (below) works in front of the forge in the village smithy.   In isolated areas such as the Appalachians, the blacksmith not only shod oxen and horses but fashioned pots and pans.  Here, Sabo, an athletic trainer at Salem College, makes an iron handle for a ladle.   Holding the handle with tongs, he hammers one end into a "Y".   To complete the ladle, he will rivet the "Y" to a small bowl that he has shaped from copper.   Scholars at Fort New Salem researched historical documents and old furnaces to design the forge.   It occupies a cabin (bottom) made of old logs and roofed shingles.   Doors of vertical boards open to give needed ventilation. The double door provides access for heavy equipment requireing repair. A corral for horses waiting to be shod adjoins the cabin.

Blacksmithing Publications and References:
These are books that I own and have read several times. Each has some great information and projects listed.

  1. The Complete Modern Blacksmith (combination of his 2 books The Making of Tools and The Modern Blacksmith)

    By: Alexander G. Weygers ISBN 978-0-89815-896-0

  2. Practical Projects for The Blacksmith

    By: Ted Tucker ISBN-13: 978-0878573127

  3. The Art of Blacksmithing

    By: Alex W. Bealer ISBN 0-06015225-7

  4. The Backyard Blacksmith

    By: Lorelei Sims ISBN-13: 978-0785825678

*****Check out your local city or county library for copies of blacksmithing books to review prior to buying.