Intro to Forging: Swords and Knives

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ABOUT THIS EVENT
Event Category

Arts & DIY

Event Overview

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.  This is a very introductory class and is a perfect way to learn if you feel comfortable with and/or enjoy the physical requirements of forging.  

What to Bring

Wear closed shoes and long pants and try to avoid wearing any flammable synthetic fibers. I will provide safety glasses and leather gloves, but if you have your own pair of either that you prefer feel free to bring those.

Prerequisites

-No forging experience is required,
-Minimum age is 13 with parent supervision,

What's Provided

I'll provide re-bar for forging, tools to forge with and fuel for the forge. I will also provide safety equipment.

Location
Fire arts Center of Chicago
1830 N Kostner Ave., North Entrance
Chicago, IL, 60639

EVENT DETAILS

Date & Time

Location

Fire arts Center of Chicago

Price

$35 Per Ticket

* Registration closes at the end of event

$35 Per Ticket

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Jake McNaughton

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Jake teaches bladesmithing at the Fire Arts Center of Chicago and makes high end cutlery with Ravenswood Handforged.

STUDENT REVIEWS

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    Karen S.
    Reviewed on 06/21/17

    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 :)

    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 :)

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    Brandon L.
    Reviewed on 06/21/17

    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.

    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.

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    Tobias G.
    Reviewed on 05/04/17

    i had fun in the class i attended and learned a few new things as well as started learning a new skill

    i had fun in the class i attended and learned a few new things as well as started learning a new skill

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    Michael H.
    Reviewed on 03/18/17

    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.

    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.

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    Caleb C.
    Reviewed on 03/13/17

    This was a great intro to forging, and I intend on taking more classes with this instructor.

    This was a great intro to forging, and I intend on taking more classes with this instructor.

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    Dirk D.
    Reviewed on 02/27/17

    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!

    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!

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    Hallie P.
    Reviewed on 02/26/17

    I learned a lot. Enjoyed it.

    I learned a lot. Enjoyed it.

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    Damien O.
    Reviewed on 01/09/17

    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!

    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!

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