School of postindustrial blacksmithing
Teacher: Bogdan Popov
Learning blacksmithing with the emphasis on:
- Use of local available resources and materials
- Energy efficiency
- Compatibility with natural and human environment
- Producing useful products for the local community (e.g. tools )
- Minimisation of waste and pollution
- Positive social role of a blacksmith within local communities
- Minimal use of high-input power tools
- Preservation of ancient blacksmith traditions
The beginners course outline (6 days program)
- Fuel and energy. How to make your own char coal
- Forge. How to make a simple side blast forge out of readily available materials
- Smithy. Space. Equipment . Tools. Materials
- Hammer. Technique of blows. Stance
- Drawing, cutting and bending. Making cramp-irons and hooks.
- Making nails
- Spreading. Making a leaf, a dress hook and an arrow-head
- Punching holes. Making a door handle.
- Upsetting. Making a candle-holder.
- Making blacksmith tongs.
- Heat treatment. Making a chisel and punch
- Making knifes and other blades.
- Forge welding
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