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.
End of week 1: Through their eyes
Our intrepid smiths have survived their first week at the forge! Most of them have finished their week one projects, and are looking forward to a weekend's rest before diving into knife-making next week. Here are some of the images they captured:
One of our anvils:
Two of our forges, hard at work.
Hot metal and and an anvil go together like peanuts and payday, Marley and reggae (and if you know what song I'm referencing, it is now stuck in your head, you're welcome):
Hooks midway through the forging process:
A finished skewer, showing off an ornate twist in the handle:
And last but not least, an example of a decorative back-plate with the hooks attached:
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