Date: September 8 - 9, 2012 (2 Days)
Instructor: Mark Emig
Class Description: This basic blacksmithing course is based on the curriculum established by ABANA Blacksmiths and covers a lot of material. Come prepared to learn all about: basic safety, hammers and types of blows, tapers-square, octagon and round upsetting, bending, basic mortis and tenon, forge welding. The course will also cover tool making such as; hot cut chisel, 7/8" x 1/8" slot punch, hammer -eye drift-for making a hammer. If you have experience you may want to work on the next level of skills which include the butcher-for starting tenons and the monkey tool. For more information about the ABANA curriculum visit abana.org and the California Blacksmiths Association.
Instructor Bio: Mark Emig is a journeyman level smith. He has been smithing for about 18 years now. 10 years as a hobby smith, the past 8 as a professional smith. His work is primarily architectural, railings, gates, brackets etc. He loves traditional methods and uses them whenever the time and budget allows. Mark is primarily self taught, but has taken classes with advanced smiths whenever he could. When he started he had very little equipment, so he learned to do much work with very basic tooling. He finds that he really enjoys teaching this craft; the students are eager to learn and work hard to do so and he loves passing on the knowledge others have taught him.
(tuition includes lunch during workshop)
Stuido/Materials Fee: $60
A $30 Registration Fee will be added to your course total. This is a one-time annual
fee for non-members. If you are a current member, this fee will be removed before
credit card processing.