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 heat 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:

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: 

Tool Making

Students are introduced to the basics of working with tool steel. They forge a cold or hot chisel and a simple punch, then use file and a grinder  to finish shaping their tools. Finally, the tools are quenchhardened and tempered. Prerequisites: Basic or Immersion. Steel-toed boots required. Available Dates:

Tong Making

Blacksmiths, unlike other artisans, made their own tools. Students make a set of light blacksmithing tongs suitable for the hobby blacksmith. Prerequisites: Basic or Immersion. Steel-toed boots required.

Immersion

This extended course is for students who would like a more in-depth introduction to blacksmithing. In addition to what is taught in the basics  course, students also make a striker for their triangle. This course sets students up to start their new blacksmithing hobby with information on  what equipment is needed, how and where to get it, and the differences between coal and propane forges. This course fulfills the prerequisite for  taking further blacksmithing classes. Students must wear steeltoed boots. Available Dates:

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:

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 should bring a drink and snack, as well as warm clothes in the fall and winter. Available Dates: