Riddle of Steel
In this course, we will explore the history and practice of metalworking from a hands-on, practical perspective. Working with the experts at Dragon’s Breath Forge, the students will build their repertoire of metalworking skills over the first week, and will individually complete a number of simple, practical household items. During that same week, the students will see a working forge at Old Sturbridge Village to gain a connection to the historical place of metalworking in day-to-day life.
During the second week, students will focus on the more specialized skill of bladesmithing. The students will see examples of larger blades being forged and will complete a small, practical cutting tool of their own. During this week the students will also travel to see the Higgins Armory collection to see examples of the evolution of the arts of blade-smithing and armoring. Students will need to complete a daily journal of their experience including photographs, drawings and/or other media describing their experience and techniques learned. Students will be expected to produce a variety of items demonstrating mastery of metalworking techniques.
First Day at the Forge!
Today was our first day at http://dragonsbreathforge.com. We started with a safety discussion and demonstration of the day's project.
Soon after the students were each off to their own individual anvils. The main skill we practiced today was squaring off and tapering metal stock in order to make a roasting skewer.
Each student was able to learn how to work closely and safely with their tools in a safe way to maximize their efforts.
Throughout the day, our students were able to take advantage of our excellent instructors for tips and technique refinements.
And, of course, there is always room for a little hamming it up for the camera:
'Tomorrow we will be taking a rest day after all our hard work and we will be seeing a working forge out of the mid 1800's at Old Sturbridge Village.
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