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.


Return to the Forge

Today we returned to the forge for our second day of instruction and hard work. At this point many of us have finished the skewer and "steak turner" that we have been working on and have moved on to our second household item project: a coat rack.

Here is an example of one of the steak turners being worked on:

 And here is one of the roasting skewers, highlighting the ornate twist in the handle and the delicate spiral on the hanger.

With those projects completed, we started working on the small hooks that will be attached to the rear plate in order to make the coat rack. Here is an image of a finished hook::

Today also marked our final day working with Peter. Peter is headed away on vacation with his wife, but before he left he gave us a demonstration of the amazing power hammer:

Tomorrow we will be trying to wrap up our week one projects!

Posted by Sean Padgett on Thursday March, 1


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12 Norfolk Road, P.O. Box 80, Litchfield, CT 06759
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