Blacksmithing: Hammer Making | Nov 3-5, 2017


Blacksmithing: Hammer Making | Nov 3-5, 2017


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Instructor: Brady Jackson

($180 tuition + $40 supply fee + $76-266 lodging & meals package of choice)

Students will each forge and finish one hammer from a tool steel billet. Students will work in striker teams to punch and form the hammer head, which we will then grind and heat treat, and fit to a handle. All tools required to make hammers will be covered extensively, with the aim of the student being able to outfit their own forge. Class objectives include: 

  • Understanding the tools required for hammer making
  • Techniques for punching and drifting 
  • Steel selection and the hardening and tempering process

An additional supply fee of $40 will be collected by the instructor at the beginning of the class for tool steel. 

Class Prerequisites: Students should have some experience in blacksmithing, preferably at least one intro class or extensive home hobby experience. Students should come into the class with a familiarity with common blacksmithing tools, as well as the basic techniques of tapering, upsetting, and punching.

Class Notes: Please come with close toed shoes, preferably work boots, as well as long pants and a long shirt of cotton or other non-synthetic materials. Leather gloves and eye protection also recommended.  Blacksmithing involves very hot temperatures and the potential for burns. There are also risks involved in using the tools required in the class. Safety instruction will be given and safe practices emphasized throughout the class.

Class Level: Intermediate

Brady Jackson was born and raised in Alabama and is a graduate of the University of Alabama. Brady has been a full-time professional blacksmith for seven years. With a educational background in archeology, he appreciates the intersection of form and function that is expressed in the blacksmith's craft. Brady currently manages a shop--Red Mountain Ironworks--with six employees focused on forged architectural work in steel and bronze.

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