What sets apart the blacksmith craft from any other craft is the
ability to create and forge tools. The ultimate skill of making
your own tools will empower you as a maker and validate your skill
as a blacksmith.
This class will cover all the steps involved in making a 2.25 lb-Straight
Peen hammer. With a piece of 1045 grade steel, you will learn to
punch and drift the hole, forge the cheeks and fuller around the
face and peen. The majority of the work will be done with sledge
hammers, and strikers; focus will be placed on proper striking technique.
"Striking" is done with a team of two - one to hold the
piece and a tool, the other to "strike" with a sledge
hammer. All heat-treating steps will be covered, including annealing,
hardening, tempering, and finishing (polishing the faces). Handle
making is also included and you will be able to make a completed
handled hammer ready to use!