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You've marveled at the makers who can bend metal to their will. Now you'll have a chance to learn the basics of forging and try it for yourself!
In this introduction to knife making, Dabblers will learn proper tool use and shop safety, as well as the principles of design and fabrication of the forged blade. The class format is both lecture and demonstration, however students will be able to get some hands on practice at the end of class. Students will also receive handouts detaling how to register for the full blade forging class where you will forge your own knife or sword at the Fire Arts Center of Chicago.
The age requirement for this class is twelve with parent supervision and for the dress code, try and avoid plasticity flammable materials and wear closed toed shoes.
Karen W.Intro to Forging: Swords and Knives
The class actually has the potential to be good but was poorly organized. Set up with two (badly scratched) safety goggles to be shared among six Dabblers, and a box of unsorted gloves, it was unclear as Jake's monotone voice droned on for the first 30 minutes what we would be doing in the class.
There were three anvils. It would not have been difficult to pair up students and set each pair at an anvil.
Safety goggles can be purchased at the Dollar Tree.
Each Dabbler could have left class with at least a pounded flat piece of metal.
This class was NOT worth $35. Worst Dabble class I've taken.
Karen S.Intro to Forging: Swords and Knives
This was a lot of fun. The class provides a lot of history and teaching about techniques, and then at the end the group each gets a few goes at hammering :)
Brandon L.Intro to Forging: Swords and Knives
This was a fun introduction to forging! The first part consisted of an explanation of the process involved in forging, and during the second part we were able to heat and hammer pieces of rebar.
Tobias G.Intro to Forging: Swords and Knives
i had fun in the class i attended and learned a few new things as well as started learning a new skill
Michael H.Intro to Forging: Swords and Knives
I enjoyed the class very much. The instructor provided some basic info on metals, the tools and safety. Then we got down to business. Each of us got turns to work a piece of rebar, hammering it, twisting and bending it. A very good hands on intro.
Caleb C.Intro to Forging: Swords and Knives
This was a great intro to forging, and I intend on taking more classes with this instructor.
Dirk D.Intro to Forging: Swords and Knives
Very fun, very relaxed but focused class on teaching how to make your own knife. This was a very good job and it was cool to see a finished product from an originally old rail tie!
Hallie P.Intro to Forging: Swords and Knives
I learned a lot. Enjoyed it.
Damien O.Intro to Forging: Swords and Knives
Great beginners class into forging! Teacher gave a good introduction into working with metals, the tools and shared some of the awesome swords other teachers have made. Was fun trying out the tools! I was secretly hoping to come out of the class with my own masterpiece but in reality it really was an intro class as it takes hours for beginners to make anything that could possibly resemble a knife or sword!