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Level III: Journeyman

This certificate is awarded to those who show expertise in all the skills required at the advanced levels. In addition, they will show they can apply those skills in the construction of articles and they will become proficient in making the tools required to produce The Journeyman's Grill. To receive this certificate, the blacksmith will present to their instructor a completed project:

The Journeyman's Grill (The actual working drawing must be presented with the completed project). The Level II Grill demonstrates skilled application of repeat elements, mastery of the Intermediate Skills and competence in the skills of the Journeyman Blacksmith.

Successful Smiths must also pass a safety test. By completing this coursework they will have shown mastery of the Intermediate skills of a blacksmith and the following:

  • Tool Making
  • Leafing Stake
  • Crimping Stake
  • Male for making ball tools
  • Top tool for shaped collar
  • Forging to dimension
  • Repousse
  • Joinery
    • Forge welding
    • Collars
    • Mortise and Tenoning
    • Riveting
  • Scrollwork
  • Framing (upset square corners)
 Level III Student Checklists

There are no time constraints or expectations placed on the completion of this level, as each individual has different levels of learning and access to the blacksmith shop. Consistent access to a shop and owning the basic tools are recommended for Level 3 smiths. It is expected that they will have made some of their own tools and will only need the guidance of a mentor.

A photo of the completed grill must be provided to the CBA magazine for publication.

Class Project

Level III: The Journeyman's Grill

*More Information About the Level III Grill Can Be Found in the Technical Documents Page.

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