Blacksmithing

Use our blacksmithing area to draw, bend, upset and punch metal!

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About Blacksmithing

SLO MakerSpace is now offering Blacksmithing with our anvil and forge!

We require SLO MakerSpace Basic Safety, Blacksmithing – Basic Safety AND Blacksmithing – Beginning Blacksmithing (in that order!) before using the forging area. If you have previous blacksmithing experience, see Boone after any class to demonstrate your skills and if he finds that your skills and knowledge are enough he will pass you on through Basic Safety and/or Beginning Blacksmith.

See the calendar and events for current class info and times.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ALL CLASSES – Please pay for the class and then email hephaestusmetal@gmail.com to schedule a time with Boone. Boone is available at other dates/times than published on the calendar. Please contact him by email to schedule a specific time.

REQUIRED personal equipment / attire for Beginning Blacksmithing:

  • 100% Cotton Hat or other suitable head covering
  • 100% Cotton Long Pants & Long Sleeved Shirt
  • Leather Boots – NO synthetic materials
  • Leather Welding Gloves – Available at Air Gas or Miner’s Hardware (see photo)
  • Eye Protection
  • Ear Plugs – Recommended, but not required.
  • 2.5lb Wood Handled Sledgehammer – Available at Miner’s Hardware (see photo)
  • Leather Apron – Recommended for Intermediate or Advanced Blacksmiths

Meet the Guru

Boone Bauer

Boone Bauer

Blacksmithing Guru

Boone has been blacksmithing for three years. He spent one year styling under Randy Augsburger in Templeton as well as studied metallurgy and welding at Cuesta College. Boone has a shop and his business in SLO and his passion is for medieval arms and armour and has been ever since his first Renaissance Faire at age 12. Boone is a member of the California Blacksmith Association.

 

Blacksmithing – Basic Safety

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Blacksmithing – Basic Safety

You must take Blacksmithing-Basic Safety BEFORE you take Blacksmithing – Beginning Blacksmithing.
Blacksmithing – Basic Safety and Blacksmithing – Beginning Blacksmithing
are both required before you can use the forge area alone.

1-Hour Class
This class is for people who have never experienced blacksmithing or used a forge. This class is the Basic Safety Class of forging and blacksmithing. Training and overview of common tools, personal protective equipment, safe equipment operations, and personal materials needed for blacksmithing. No forging will be done during this class.

Limited to (5) FIVE attendees. First come, first served.

Suggested Text: Mastering The Fundamentals of Blacksmithing VOL. 1 by Mark Asprey found on www.markaspery.com

INSTRUCTIONS: Purchase the class here, and then email hephaestusmetal@gmail.com to confirm a date and time.

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Blacksmithing – Beginning Blacksmithing

$50.00

Blacksmithing – Beginning Blacksmithing

YOU MUST Complete Blacksmithing – Basic Safety BEFORE you can take this class.
Blacksmithing – Basic Safety and Blacksmithing – Beginning Blacksmithing are both required before you can use the forge area alone.

1.5-Hour Class
This class is for people who have never experienced blacksmithing This class covers the basics of forging. Proper heating, holding, striking, bending, forming, drawing out a taper, and drifting (punching) a hole. This class will provide instruction on crafting a drift (punch) and chisel if time allows. This class must be satisfactorily completed prior to unsupervised work on the forge.

Limited to (2) TWO attendees. First come, first served.

Suggested Text: Mastering The Fundamentals of Blacksmithing VOL. 1 by Mark Asprey found on www.markaspery.com

IF you’ve had previous forging instruction or experience and feel confident about your skills, see Boone at the end of any of his classes to demonstrate your skills and he’ll either require this class or pass you through.

Purchase the class here, and then email hephaestusmetal@gmail.com to set up a time.

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Blacksmithing – Intermediate Blacksmithing

$50.00

Blacksmithing – Intermediate Blacksmithing

2.5-Hour Class (including a 1-hour lunch break)
Tool Making. One of the best things about Blacksmithing is making your own tools. In this class you will be making your own set of tongs. Proficiency with forming, bending, drawing a taper, and drifting a hole are required.

Limited to (2) TWO attendees. First come, first served.

Suggested Text: Mastering The Fundamentals of Blacksmithing VOL. 1 by Mark Asprey found on www.markaspery.com

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Blacksmithing – Advanced Concepts

$100.00

Blacksmithing – Advanced Concepts

By Request

Advanced Classes are available upon request and by appointment. Advanced class topics may include, but are not limited, to:

  • Metallurgy and heat treating
  • Integrating modern fabrication techniques
  • Grinding, sanding and finish work
  • Blade smithing
  • Twisting and scrolling
  • Cutting and splitting
  • Hardy tools
  • Leafwork

Purchase the class here, and then email hephaestusmetal@gmail.com to set up a time.

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