At The Forge

Blacksmithing at the Village

Most classes (except Immersion) at the forge are from 9am-1pm. Cost: $75.00 per session ($67.50 for members). The exceptions are the Immersion Classes which run from 9am-3pm and cost $125 ($112.50 for members).

Pre-registration is required. Registration can be done over the phone or in-person at the museum or at any Burnaby recreation centre, or on-line through WebReg. (A family PIN, client number and a credit card are required to use WebReg. These are available at Burnaby recreation centres.)

Course Schedule 
Classes “At the Forge” for Fall and Winter are full. Spring/Summer registrations starts March 8, 2017.

Conference Alert

CanIRON - Canada's National Blacksmith Conference XI will be held in Cloverdale, July 4-7, 2017 at Kwantlen Polytechnic University

 

Basic

A brief history of blacksmithing and metallurgy provides the framework for this unique workshop experience. The hands-on component has students making a dinner triangle by using the basic techniques of heating metal in a forge and shaping it with a hammer and anvil. This course fulfills the prerequisite for taking further blacksmithing courses. Students must wear steel-toed boots.

Forge Welding

Learn traditional welding techniques that have been practised for more than 3,000 years. Make a fireplace poker by forge welding, then finish the piece with the basic techniques of tapering, twisting, bending and curling. It is required that students with no forging experience take a Basic or Immersion before enrolling in this course. Students must wear steel-toed boots.

Tool Making

Students are introduced to the basics of working with tool steel. They forge a cold chisel and a simple punch, then use a grinder to finish shaping their tools. Finally, the tools are quench-hardened and tempered. It is required that students with no forging experience take a Basic or Immersion before enrolling in this course. Students must wear steel-toed boots.

Tong Making

Blacksmith's unlike other artisans, made their own tools. Students make two pairs of light blacksmithing tongs. A pair of flat bit tongs will be made from 3/8 square stock, and a second pair from flat bar stock using a “twist” technique. Both pairs of tongs are suitable for light blacksmith. It is required that students with no forging experience take a Basic or Immersion before enrolling in this course. Students must wear steel-toed boots.

Immersion

This 9am-3pm (half hour break) course is for students who would like a more in-depth introduction to blacksmithing, or who are thinking of taking it up as a hobby. Using a forge, hammer and anvil, learn the basic techniques of tapering, bending and twisting metal while producing a simple series of blacksmithing tools. Also discussions on what equipment is needed, how and where to get it, as well as the differences between coal and propane forges. This course fulfills the prerequisite for taking further blacksmithing classes. Students must wear steel-toed boots.

Ornamental Animal Heads

For the blacksmithing enthusiast: learn how metal an ornamental steer and ram head out of metal, then add it to a coat hook or towel holder. Students with no forging experience must have taken a Basic or Immersion course.

Ornamental Door Pull

A new course for the the blacksmith enthusiast: learn how blacksmiths produce traditional hardware that is both functional and decorative. Students will make a simple door or drawer pull incorporating a decorative leaf and simple scroll design. Students with no forging experience must have taken a Basic or Immersion course.

Students must wear steel-toed boots during all At the Forge class. Students should bring a drink and snack, as well as warm clothes in the fall and winter.

Schedule of Classes

NOTE: Registration for our Spring/Summer classes starts on March 8, 2017

* Exception: the April 29th Basic class is 1-5pm

Class Apr Aay Jun Jul Aug
Basic

29*

13

10

15,

29

5,

26

Forge

Welding

   27 17    

Tool

Making

       8 19

Tong

Making

    3  22  
Immersion

 1 ,8,

15,

22

       

Animal

Heads

         
Door
Pull
   6 24    

 

To register for these programs, call 604-297-4565 or go to WebReg.