ABSTRACT : Forge Welding, a second 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

Forge Welding

March 21 & 22 - 2015

This two day, 16 hour session will introduce the student to the basic techniques in forge welding, and its applications. Covers: theory and practice of forge / hammer welding, the basket, inset edges for tool making. A number of specific object will be created using the basic welding techniques. Requires a basic level experience (ability to assess temperatures and hammer control ). Course fee of $350 (+HST) includes coffee and materials. Session limited to four students.

Forge Welding Course - Rough Outline:

The session includes 18 hours instruction.

Saturday : 9 am - 5 pm
Practical and Theoretical Considerations - Safety
Each Student will then be guided through a simple lap weld individually
Practical : Fire Poker with welded hook and top loop / Simple basket form

Sunday : 9 am - 5 pm
Discussion - Welded edges for tool making
Practical : Simple inset edge knife / folded hatchet

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

The fees include all materials used for the basic projects. 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.

As this students are required to have some forge experience, it is strongly advised that they bring their own personal forging hammers and tongs. Additional tools will certainly be available as needed.

* Discount when two or more students book together!

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

Requires basic level experience (general forging practices), please ask for details. Session limited to four students, with each provided with their own work station. Your instructor is professional blacksmith Darrell Markewitz of the Wareham Forge.

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 - Forge Welding
March 21 & 22 - 2015

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
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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