Continuing Education

IRON207 - Axes, Hatchets and Tomahawks

Pre-requisite: IRON101or IRON104 or, IRON301

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Course Overview

Come learn to hand-forge an axe, hatchet and tomahawk in this intense and information packed 18 hour blacksmithing course. Regain skills acquired in other NAIT blacksmithing courses and re-familiarize yourself with the forging environment. Friday evening will be spent forging a railway spike tomahawk. On Saturday students will have the opportunity to create an axe out of composite steel and forge weld a high carbon bit into a soft iron-bodied axe following traditional construction methods. Students will continue with final shaping, hardening and tempering of metal.

A four-layer forge welded farriers-rasp hatchet finishes off this course on the Sunday . This course will equip you with the knowledge to return to your own blacksmith shop and practice the very rewarding creation of your own projects.

Please bring CSA approved steel-toed footwear, CSA approved clear safety glasses, earplugs or muffs and welding gloves (loose fitting, gauntlet style). Students require natural fibre clothing that covers arms and legs. A low cost leather apron is recommended.

Upcoming Offerings

Delivery Methods

  • Face to Face: class is scheduled in-person, with face-to-face instruction
  • Blended: class has a portion of face-to-face and online interaction
  • Hyflex: class has a flexible structure where it's optional for students to attend sessions in the classroom, participate online, or do both.
  • Remote Live Delivery: replaced online synchronous, where classes are fully online and scheduled at a specific time for students to attend.
  • Remote On-Demand Delivery: replaced online asynchronous, where students can engage with online class content at different times.
  • Remote Independent: online learning where content is self-led and no instructor.
  • Work Placement: class is a work placement
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