ABSTRACT : Introduction to Blacksmithing, a basic level training course for beginners. Artisan Blacksmith Darrell Markewitz offers a regular series of weekend long programs in a number of aspects of traditional Blacksmithing. Special courses include : layered steels (pattern welding), bladesmithing / knife making, bronze casting, iron smelting. Programs held at the Wareham Forge in Ontario Canada, with remote teaching offered at other facilities. Learn the Art of the Smith

Introduction to Blacksmithing

A beginner's level course
with Darrell Markewitz at the Wareham Forge

This course stresses a 'hands on' approach with close personal supervision. There are only 4 students per session, each with his own work station.
An illustrated lecture Friday night will cover the history of ironworking, plus a discussion of how to pick an anvil. Other subjects discussed over the course of the weekend are: tools and equipment, setting up a home forge, shop safety, the correct motion dynamics, and sources for materials.
The program continues with working sessions all day Saturday and Sunday. Students will learn about a dozen individual shape generations, combined to specific objects. Projects will include a fire poker, various hooks, and typically two small decorative objects. (How much might be accomplished will depend on the working ability of the individual.)

Programs are open to any physically able people, from young adults onwards. (Aged 16 and up - see a special note : Teens as Students).
There is only limited provisions made for students with "learning disabilities", (this * is * a group setting).
English is the language of instruction.
Sorry - the Wareham Forge is not really wheel chair accessible, and the specialized equipment required for the disabled is NOT provided.

2015
New Dates / Course Offerings

Because of increased demand, for this year the course dates has been fixed to a regular 'weekend of the month' pattern.
Second Weekend = Basic Courses

To see the pattern on a grid - go to EVENTS

Feburary 7 & 8
Saturday & Sunday, limited to TWO STUDENTS, working with gas forge only

March 7 / 8
Saturday & Sunday, limited to TWO STUDENTS, working with gas forge only

April 10 / 11 / 12

May 8 / 9 / 10

June 12 / 13 / 14

July 10 / 11 / 12

September 11 / 12 / 13

October 2 / 3 / 4

November 6 / 7 / 8

December 12 & 33
Saturday & Sunday, limited to TWO STUDENTS, working with gas forge only

Basic Course - Rough Outline:

The session includes 18 hours instruction.

Friday : 8-10 pm
Background lecture, the art of the smith and its history.
Termonology / Materials / How to pick an Anvil / Historical and Contemporary work
Note : The cold weather programs (February, March, December) do NOT inculde this session

Saturday : 9 am - 5 pm
Introduction to the coal forge, safety, fires, metal heats, picking the correct hammer, basic stance & hammer use.
Demo : square point, curve, twists, 'beaver tail', small curl
Project Session : 'S' hook Demo : flat to 'popsickle stick' 45 degree point, 60 degree down to reverse curve, modified twists, taper to wedge, centred loop
Project session : fireplace poker

Sunday - 9 am - 5 pm
(8:30) : Students start the coal forge
Demo : cylindrical taper, curves & spirals, simple leaves
Project session : wall hook
Discussion : simple gas forges
Demo : split & taper, shoulder & taper, hot punching, notch and draw
Project session : toasting fork
AND / OR (as time permits)
Demo : spear point, hot punch, shape and contour, forging an edge, simple heat treating
Project Session : One Piece Knife

Note that students who wish to work into the evening on Saturday unsupervised are permitted to due so.

Fees: Basic cost - $350* (plus 13% HST)

The fees include all materials used for the basic projects, technique notes and bibliography (on disk). Coffee will be on hand all day (it is suggested students bring lunches and snacks with them). Basic safety gear (glasses, aprons and ear plugs) will be provided. Note that each session is limited to only 4 students . Students will be required to pay for any metal used for extra projects outside of the course outline.

* Discount when two or more students book together!

* Discount for members of the SCA!

* Groups of Four (or more) can book an entire session at a reduced group price!

Registration: To reserve a place, the total fee must be received at least 30 days before the course date requested. Complete the enclosed application and return it as well. Confirmation will be made by phone or e-mail. To ensure your place - make a deposit!

Cancellations: Any cancellation made from 30 days before the course date to 15 days before will result in half the deposit being lost. Cancellations made within the 14 days before the course date will result in no refund.

Student Equipment: Each student should bring suitable clothing: leather work boots above the ankle, heavy cotton pants and shirts (denim, flannel), and some kind of cap is suggested. Temperatures in Grey County are always about 5 degrees lower than the Toronto area, so loose fitting clothing, consisting of several layers that will provide warmth and still permit movement, is suggested. Remember the forge is a dirty place! If students possess a personal forging hammer or other tools they are encouraged to bring them. A notebook is strongly suggested.

Accommodations: Camping space is available for students by prior arrangement. Please bring your own tents, sleeping bags and other gear. Note that meals other than lunches are not provided. For those wishing more luxurious conditions, several reasonably priced motels or bed & breakfast are located within 10 minutes drive.

Please read the more detailed information these topics available at the bottom of the general Courses page

Book your course  via the electronic payment system.

ENSURE YOUR COURSE REGISTRATION!
Please include your requested date under 'instructions from sender'.
I will respond via e-mail with further instructions.

Please read CANCELLATION POLICY

$100.00 CDN
DEPOSIT on
'Introduction to Blacksmithing'
Course fees and deposits can be made with your credit card.
Contact me for further details

Please print off the following and return it with your deposit when registering.


Application - Introduction to Blacksmithing

Name:
Student Name (if gift / parent)Student Age
If student is under 19, I as parent have read provisions of 'Teens as Students' (indicate YES)
Contact E-mail:

Contact Phone:


2015 'Introduction' Course Dates? :
(chose all that might apply)

Feburary 7 & 8 March 7 / 8 April 10 / 11 / 12 May 8 / 9 / 10 June 12 / 13 / 14 July 10 / 11 / 12
September 11 / 12 / 13 October 2 / 3 / 4 November 6 / 7 / 8 December 11 / 12

What background, training or experience do you have with blacksmithing?

What aspects of Blacksmithing interest you?
(chose all that apply)

Small domestic items? Campware / Re-enactor's supplies? Bladesmithing? Architectural Designs?
Home Decor? Armour? Garden Accessories? Traditional Skils?

Where did you hear of this course?
(chose all that apply)

Internet Search? Web Link? Direct Referal? Met me personally?

Will you be camping at the forge?

Yes No
Do you wish to book the 'bunkie' (@$30 per night)

Yes No

Other Question / Comment? :


I hereby acknowledge that the activities involved in blacksmithing are potentially dangerous and I voluntarily accept any risks involved. I understand that the Wareham Forge and Darrell Markewitz will make every reasonable effort to maintain safety within the shop, but I will assume any liability for any accident or injury that may occur during this course.

Signed (give name): Date:

Click to send your request information as an email (info@warehamforge.ca)

Remember: to guarantee a place, ensure your application & deposit will be received at least 30 days before the course date you desire.
A cancelation may result in the loss of your deposit.

On recieving your deposit, a set of instructions detailing how to get to the Wareham Forge will be sent. (For planning, Wareham is near Flesherton, Ontario - about 45 minutes drive north of Orangeville.)


the Wareham Forge

The Hamlet of Wareham, R.R. #2 Proton Station, Ontario
CANADA - N0C 1L0

(519) 923-9219 // info@warehamforge.ca



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Introduction
Bladesmithing
Smelting
Denmark
Introduction to BLACKSMITHING
Historic BLADESMITHING
Forging the VIKING AGE
IRON SMELTING in the Viking Age
Exploring the Viking Age in Denmark
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