At The Forge

Blacksmithing at the Village

Most classes at the forge are from 9am-1pm. Cost: $82.50 per session ($74.25 for members). The exceptions are:

  • Immersion Classes,      9am-3pm, cost $137.50 ($123.75 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:

March 10, 2019
April 6, 2019
May 4, 2019
June 8, 2019
June 23, 2019
July 6, 2019
August 3, 2019
August 17, 2019

Forge Welding

Learn traditional welding techniques that have been practised for more than 3,000 years. Make a fireplace poker using forge welding, and then finish the piece with the basic techniques of tapering, twisting, bending and curling. It is required that students with no forging experience take a Basic or Immersion Class before enrolling in this course. Students must wear steel-toed boots. Available Dates: 

June 29, 2019
August 24, 2019

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:

May 11, 2019
July 27, 2019

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:

March 16, 2019
May 25, 2019
July 20, 2019

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:

March 9, 2019
April 13, 2019
April 27, 2019

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:

June 15, 2019
August 31, 2019

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:

March 31, 2019
June 1, 2019
July 13, 2019
August 10, 2019

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:

April 5, 2019
May 3, 2019
June 7, 2019
July 5, 2019
August 2, 2019