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Category: Blacksmithing

More Skills, More Blacksmithing, Another Class

I had a good time at my introduction to blacksmithing course last month.  I felt like I learned something that was pretty awesome and would be a great skill to have.  To be honest I’ve been watching some various videos on blacksmithing on the youtubes as well.  Well, I ended up going back down for another course.  This one ended up being a touch longer than the last course, but I feel that I learned still more.

BlacksmithingI learned how to make some hooks.  Caitlin from Ms Caitlin’s School of Blacksmithing came out to teach this one and I have to say that she is a great instructor.  If you are interested in blacksmithing and have a chance to take a class of her’s I would recommend it.  One of the things that she told us about was working through a project in modeling clay before you start to pull out the metal.  It made an awful lot of sense, and I might just have to look into getting a hammer and some modeling clay to hold me over until I can outfit the rest of the gear for my own set up.

As far as what we learned, I made a collection of different hooks.  First we made a wall hook with a back plate.  I learned how to punch holes in metal and it happens to be the first hook that I’ve ever made.  Next we made some S hooks.  I have been told by a number of family members that they want to get a good stock of them, so I can forsee making a lot more as I build my set up.

Blacksmithing

Then we made a plate hanger and I got to use scrolling tongs for the first time.  Bending the metal while it was hot was a bit more of a challenge than I first thought it would be.  When it cooled just a touch it was really hard to bend.  Then I got to make a large tap hook.  I figured that this will be quite useful for putting up in the bed enclosure to hang up buckets or some such.

All in all, I still enjoy blacksmithing and will be continuing on this journey of learning such a skill and then hopefully setting up a little bit of a set up on the homestead.

Learning Skills: I took a Blacksmithing Class

Many homesteaders enjoy learning skills that can help them on the homestead.  There are any number of skills that would be great to know.  Some are simple that you probably have some level of knowledge on already that you are looking to just increase your skill level on, perhaps cooking.  Then there are others that could be a very useful thing to know, but you know nothing about, let’s say blacksmithing.  I took my first steps to learning some on it, and I have to say that I’m hooked.
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