ABSTRACT : Working with Structural Steels, an intermediate level training course for blacksmiths. 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

Working with Structural Steels
This program will only be offered if Requested

This intensive, hands on,16 hour session will introduce the student to the basic techniques required for forging structural steel materials. Each student will learn to work with three primary materials : Pipe / Angle / Channel (and through extension, tube / T bar). How to use MIG to combine flat bar elements into more complex structural based shapes will be illustrated. Specialized / Modified tooling will be examined, as well as use of the air hammer. Design possibilities of all these materials, through the possiblities of hand forging, will be considered.

forge weld
layered billets
pattern weld knife
working CHANNEL : 'Celts at the Gate'
working PIPE : 'Lily Arbour'
working ANGLE : 'Kelp Handrail'
working BAR : 'Riverdale Railing'

Requires basic level blacksmithing experience (general forging practices), see Course Requirements. Session limited to four students, with each provided with their own work station. 

Programs are open to any physically able people, from young adults onwards. (Aged 16 an up - see a special note : Teens as Students). Any students with "learning \ physical disabilities" need to refer to the detail section on Course Requirements. English is the language of instruction. Sorry - the Wareham Forge is not really wheel chair accessible.

Your instructor is professional blacksmith Darrell Markewitz of the Wareham Forge. Please look over Darrell's past work with structural materials, seen in gates and railings.

In addition to exploring the possibilities of 'exploding' structural shapes, exploration into surface texturing and distorting will be undertaken. Although empaphasis will be on hand forging methods, students will be able to employ an air hammer to speed the work of drawing out. The stress of this program is forging elements rather than completing a specific object.

'Forging a Rush Tip' - One of the skills learned in Working with Sturctural Steels

Facilities: the Wareham Forge

The shop combines traditional and modern equipment, with the main forge coal fired (for forge welding) and two gas forges for general forging steps. There will be one anvil per student, all basic tools will be provided. A 50 lb throw air hammer will be used for drawing out. Equipment includes the related grinding and polishing machinery, as well as a fully equipped fine metals studio.

The Wareham Forge is located in Grey County (Central Ontario), about half way between Orangeville and Owen Sound. We are about 5 miles SE of the village of Flesherton, just off highway 10, (about 2 hours drive NW of Toronto).

Application - Working with Structural Steels
Offered if Requested

Student Name (if gift / parent)
Contact E-mail:

Contact Phone:

What background, training or experience do you have with blacksmithing?
Note : This course requires a basic level of skill .

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.)

Course Fee:


(plus 13% HST)

Includes basic materials
All necessary tools and safety gear is provided
Students are suggested to bring their personal hammers.
Book your course  via the electronic payment system.

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


$100.00 CDN
'Structural Steels'
Course fees and deposits can be made with your credit card.
Contact me for further details

For detailed outlines and applications contact:

the Wareham Forge

Darrell Markewitz
RR # 2, Proton Station, Ont. N0C 1L0
phone/fax 519-923-9219


Can't make it to Wareham?

Take a look at the educational DVD's / CD-ROMs produced by the Wareham Forge
Introduction to BLACKSMITHING
Forging the VIKING AGE
IRON SMELTING in the Viking Age
Exploring the Viking Age in Denmark

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Text & images Darrell Markewitz