This class will focus on the hardware needed to equip a wooden tool box. Parts include hinges, bale handles with plates and cotter pins, a hasp and staple and, of course, nails. The first day of class students will concentrate on making welded butterfly hinges and hasps. The second day of the class students will be taken through forging bale handles, plates, cotter pins and nails. This is a class for those with solid intermediate level skills. Students should be familiar with forge welding, have good hammer control and be able to control where they spread their steel. Demonstration will be for basic functional hardware designs but students may choose to more decorative styles as their abilities and tolerance for risk allow.
Tools and Equipment or other items participants are to bring to the class. Your favorite blacksmithing hammer, tongs for handling 1/8″ flat stock, 1/2″, 3/8″, an ¼” square and round stock, a selection of files (a ¼” to ½” square bastard is handy), about 1/2″ wide cold chisel, 3/16″ round or square punch, hacksaw, wire brush, and any other tools you think might be useful.
Safety Equipment – safety glasses & ear plugs are mandatory. Other safety equipment may include: gloves, leather apron, cotton clothing, and leather shoes.
Other Equipment: Flux, drifts, nail headers, and hinge bending jigs will be provided.
Lunch Arrangements: Either bring a bag lunch with you or money to dine at some of the fine eating establishments in the area.
To register for this class, send a check for $100 made out to “Guild of Metalsmiths” and your contact info to:
201 Nevada Street
Northfield, MN 55057
Contact Martin with questions at: (612) 599-4762 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Acceptance for this class will be prioritized by postmark.