At The Forge

Blacksmithing at the Village

Most classes at the forge are from 9am-1pm. Cost: $75.00 per session ($67.50 for members). The exceptions are:

  • Immersion Classes,      9am-3pm, cost $125 ($112.50 for members)
  • Forging Fridays, 4-7pm,      cost $55 ($49.50 for members), ages 13-16 years

Pre-registration is required. Registration can be done over the phone or in-person at the museum or at any Burnaby recreation centre, or on-line through WebReg. (A family PIN, client number and a credit card are required to use WebReg. Pin numbers are available at Burnaby recreation centres.)

Basic

This introduction to blacksmithing starts with learning the importance of safety in a blacksmiths shop. The hands-on component has students lighting a coal forge, as well as making a coat hook and dinner triangle. Students will learn how to heating mild steel in a forge and shape it with a hammer and anvil. Completing this course fulfills the prerequisite for taking further blacksmithing courses. Students must wear steel-toed boots. Available dates:

Oct 14

Nov 17

Feb 3

Feb 24

Mar 3

Mar 10

Tool Making

Students are introduced to the basics of working with tool steel. They forge a cold chisel and a simple punch, then use a grinder to finish shaping their tools. Finally, the tools are quench-hardened and tempered. It is required that students with no forging experience take a Basic or Immersion before enrolling in this course. Students must wear steel-toed boots. Available Dates:

Oct 21

Feb 10

Tong Making

Blacksmith's unlike other artisans, made their own tools. Students make two pairs of light blacksmithing tongs. A pair of flat bit tongs will be made from 3/8 square stock, and a second pair from flat bar stock using a “twist” technique. Both pairs of tongs are suitable for light blacksmith. It is required that students with no forging experience take a Basic or Immersion before enrolling in this course. Students must wear steel-toed boots. Available Dates:

Feb 17

Mar 16

 

Immersion

This 9am-3pm (half hour break) course is for students who would like a more in-depth introduction to blacksmithing, or who are thinking of taking it up as a hobby. Using a forge, hammer and anvil, learn the basic techniques of tapering, bending and twisting metal while producing a simple series of blacksmithing tools. Also discussions on what equipment is needed, how and where to get it, as well as the differences between coal and propane forges. This course fulfills the prerequisite for taking further blacksmithing classes. Students must wear steel-toed boots. Available Dates:

Oct 6

Oct 13

Nov 3

Nov 10

Feb 2

Feb 9

Feb 16

Mar 2

Mar 9

Ornamental Door Pull

A new course for the the blacksmith enthusiast: learn how blacksmiths produce traditional hardware that is both functional and decorative. Students will make a simple door or drawer pull incorporating a decorative leaf and simple scroll design. Students with no forging experience must have taken a Basic or Immersion course. Available dates:

Oct 20

Letter Opener

In this course students will take a scrap railroad spike and forge it into a decorative letter opener using the techniques of fullering, tapering, flattening and hot filing. Blacksmith Basics or Immersion is a prerequisite for this course. Steel toe boots are required. Available Dates:

Nov 4

Nov 18

Feb 23

Mar 31

NEW for Teens - Forging Fridays

Join us on Friday afternoons from 4-7pm for a modified basics course. Students start by learning the importance of safety in a blacksmiths shop. Then learn how to light a coal forge, and how to heating mild steel in a forge and shape it with a hammer and anvil. Students will create a coat hook or two. Completing this course fulfills the prerequisite for taking further blacksmithing courses. Students must wear steel-toed boots. (Ages 13-16 years-old)

Students must wear steel-toed boots during all Blacksmithing classes. Students should bring a drink and snack, as well as warm clothes in the fall and winter. Available dates:

Oct 5

Nov 2

Feb 1

Mar 1

 

 

Oct

Nov

Feb

Mar

Basic

14

17

3, 24

3, 10

Tool Making

21

 

10

 

Tong Making

 

 

17

16

Immersion

6,13

3,10

2,9,16

2,9

Ornamental Door Pull

20

 

 

 

Letter Opener

 

4,18

23

31

Forging Fridays

5

2

1

1