|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.|
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.
Programs are open to any physically able people,
from young adults onwards. (Aged 16 and up
- see a special note : Teens as
Scheduled Course Offerings
Second Weekend = Basic Courses
2017 Course Schedule Grid : outline.
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March 11 / 12
Saturday & Sunday, limited to TWO STUDENTS, working with gas forge only
April 7 / 8 / 9
June 2 / 3 / 4
July 9 / 10 / 11
Tentative (DARC at LAM)
August 4 / 5 / 6
Tentative (Scottish Crannog Centre / SSW)
September 8 / 9 / 10
October 12 /
13 / 14
November 10 / 11 / 12December 9 & 10
Basic Course - Rough Outline:
The session includes 18 hours instruction.
Friday : 8-10 pm
Note that students who wish to work into the evening on Saturday unsupervised are permitted to due so.
|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
Fees: Basic cost - $375* (plus 13% HST)
The fees include all materials used for the basic projects, technique notes and bibliography (on disk). Basic safety gear (glasses, aprons and ear plugs) will be provided. It is suggested students bring lunches and snacks with them. 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: Only a deposit secures a booking, remember courses fill early! 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: Please see the detailed policy. If
you cancel and I have already turned another potential
student away - you loose the deposit. An attempt will be
made to fill your booked space (which would yield a
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!
Please read the more detailed information these topics available at the bottom of the general Courses page
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I will respond via e-mail with further instructions.
Please read CANCELLATION POLICY
'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.
Remember: to guarantee a place, ensure
& deposit will be received at least 30 days
before the course date you desire.
A cancellation may result in the loss of your deposit.
On receiving 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
CANADA - N0C 1L0
(519) 923-9219 // email@example.com
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