Blacksmith Beginnings: Lesson 1 Free class

Ron Payne, Blacksmith, woodworker, all-around crafter

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9 Videos (17m)
    • Introduction

    • A few words on safety

    • Project and goals

    • Bending

    • Tapering

    • Scrolls

    • Forging hot steel

    • Cleaning the forge scale

    • Closing thoughts


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.

5 of 5 students recommendSee All

Was very helpful to see demonstration in clay first. Thank you for taking the time to show in two angles as well.
The man knows his craft! I like that he gives a lot of different angles to how he would mold real steel. LOVE IT
Samantha R.

Adding to my rubberband ball of knowledge





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.