Do you have all the punches, chisels, and other top tools you need? Are you confident in your heat-treating skills? Join us for a chance to fill in those gaps (both in your tool bag and in your knowledge).
Ken will take you through the mysteries of tool steel, including proper hardening and tempering (with little more than a forge and a slack tub). Make a center punch and a round punch to start out. If time allows, add a hot-cut (or cold) chisel or other tools you need! We’ll have medium-carbon, tough tool steel for you to work with, and lots of help getting a great heat-treat on your tools.
Prerequisites: Completion of our Blacksmithing 101 course or equivalent (3-4 projects made; good coal fire and safety skills). Open to youth smiths 14 and up; youth 16 and under must have a guardian at the Barn at all times.*
Students Must Bring:
•Proper forge attire: all natural fibers, covered legs and toes, leather or canvas shoes/boots, ANSI 87.140 compliant protective eye wear.
•Hearing protection is strongly recommended
•Whatever water and food you need (food will not be available on site).
•Hot rasp and/or file
•3/4” Vee or round tongs
•Wolfjaw or kit tongs
•Flashlight or headlamp for help seeing the temper colors run.
*Students who will not or cannot behave safely and responsibly will be removed from the class (and the forge area) without refund. This includes failure to wear proper clothing and eyewear. No warnings are required.