A beginner's level course
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 will cover the history of ironworking. Other subjects discussed are: tools and equipment, setting up a home forge, basics of heat treating, and sources for materials. Projects will include a fire poker, tongs, punches, and one small decorative object.
Programs are open to any physically able people, from young adults onwards. (Aged 16 an 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.
2014 Dates:Because of the demand last year - many new dates added!
Feburary 15 & 16
Saturday & Sunday, limited to TWO STUDENTS, working with gas forge only
March 7 / 8 / 9
April 18 / 19 / 20
May 16 / 17 / 18
June 20 / 21 / 22
July 11 / 12 / 13
September 12 / 13 / 14
October 24 / 25 / 26
November 14 / 15 / 16
Basic Course - Rough Outline:
The session includes 18 hours instruction.
(8:30) - 9:30 am ; Students start the forge
9:30 - 10:30 : am : Demo and Practice - working with round stock - taper to point, curves & spirals, simple leaves / 'S ' or wall hook
10:30 - 12 am : finish tongs
1- 3pm : Demo and Practice - split taper, shoulders, hot punching. / toasting fork
OR : spear point, hot punch, shape and contour, forging an edge, simple heat treating / One Piece Knife
3 - 4 pm : Practice session - finish up
Note that students who wish to work into the evening on Saturday unsupervised are permitted to due so.
Fees: Basic cost - $325* (plus 13% HST)
The fees include all materials used for the basic projects, technique notes and bibliography. 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 only 4 students will be accepted for each session. Students will be required to pay for any metal used for extra projects outside of the outline.
* Discount when two or more students book together!
* 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. In the advent of bad / extremely cold weather, sleeping space is available in the workshop loft. For those wishing more luxurious conditions, several reasonably priced motels or bed & breakfast are located within 10 minutes drive.
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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 // firstname.lastname@example.org
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