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9 Videos (17m)
    • Introduction

      0:33
    • A few words on safety

      2:08
    • Project and goals

      0:24
    • Bending

      3:05
    • Tapering

      3:23
    • Scrolls

      3:03
    • Forging hot steel

      3:29
    • Cleaning the forge scale

      0:42
    • Closing thoughts

      0:23
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About This Class

People look upon wrought ironwork with awe.  They wonder just how iron gets formed into the intricate shapes that decorate a fence or gate.  It is easier than you think.  And while it does require some specialized tools, it is possible to start without spending a lot of money.

This class give an introduction to forging.  A brief overview of some general safety considerations will be followed by techniques for forming hot steel and one way to make an S-hook with a tapered scroll and a fish-tail scroll.

I will demonstrate each technique using clay first as it is easier to see the details in clay compared to the white hot steel.  Then I'll show how everything comes to gether to make a useful hook.

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Well thought-out lessons, broken down in consumable pieces. Good pace and clear voice for instruction.
I really liked this lesson. Simple project but a very useful item. Looking forward to the next class.

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Ron Payne

Blacksmith, woodworker, all-around crafter

I am driven by a need to create. This has lead me down some interesting roads.

I know a bit about woodwork, metal work, leather, casting, and several other disciplines. I also enjoy passing along what I know to others.

Life is a continual path of improvement.

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