Blacksmithing has stepped into the 21st century as a creative art form, and many people are newly discovering the enjoyment of working in this ancient trade.
Blacksmiths work by heating pieces of wrought iron or steel in a forge until the metal becomes soft enough to be shaped with hand tools, such as a hammer and chisel. In NAIT's blacksmithing courses, students learn the history of smithing and basic blacksmith techniques. They also have the opportunity to produce their own works, including tools and creative metal items.
For new students, the IRON101 Blacksmithing courses will introduce you to the basics or IRON104 Women’s Work is an alternative choice for women to learn in a collegial atmosphere. Intermediate Blacksmithing IRON201 and Blacksmith’s Tool Chest IRON204 follow with more advanced skills. Damascus Research IRON202 permits students to study the intriguing designs created in Damascus steel. Ready to dive-in with both feet? Try the week-long summer session Blacksmithing Bootcamp IRON301.
The instructor for these courses is Shawn Cunningham, a local artisan blacksmith. You can view his website by going to the following link: http://www.frontstepforge.com/
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