Level I: Basic Blacksmithing.

This certificate will be awarded to those who have completed the Level I, basic training or the equivalent. They will have presented to their instructor the Farm Gate Latch (see website) and have passed a safety test. By doing so they have shown an understanding of the basic skills of a blacksmith, including:

  • Safety
  • Nomenclature of the hammer
  • Hammers and types of hammer blow
  • Tapers (Square octagon, round)
  • Handheld punch in a round hole
  • Hot cut (chisel or top tool)
  • Heat treatment
  • 7/8 x 1/8 slot Punch (or equivalent)
  • Hammer, eye drift (1/2 by 7/8)
  • Monkey tool (precursor to making a hammer - level 2)
  • Butcher (chisel or top tool)
  • Upsetting
  • Round tenon
  • Smithin-Magician Tool
  • Forge welding
  • Bending over the bick or horn
Completion of these basic skills is expected to take approximately 40 hours. It is assumed that the beginning blacksmith has no shop or tools of their own. 

Class Project

Farm Gate Latch: Level I project

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