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.
I 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.
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.