Blacksmithing Experience will introduce our youngest participants (Ages 8-11) to basic safety principles, the history of metallurgy and blacksmithing. The students will gain a hands on experience in hammering and bending simple projects.
The hot metal remains in the control of the teacher at all times while the student learns how to shape and bend it.Our instructors have years of experience working with Cub and Boy Scouts and are also experienced FABA instructors.
This class is open to 8 youth participants. Parents must be present. All participants must follow the clothing and safety guidelines (see below) or may not be permitted to participate.
Safety is a concern when dealing with metal often in excess of 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. No synthetic fiber clothing! Synthetics melt, stick to your skin, and burn you! Natural fibers only! In Florida, that means wear cotton. Jeans and a long sleeve cotton shirt are suggested, most of us wear jeans and a cotton t-shirt. Wear shorts at your own risk, they are not recommended. Closed toe shoes are required; we recommend high top boots. If you show up in flip-flops we will ask you to change your shoes before entering the forging areas. A hat or a bandana to hold up long hair and keep the soot off your head is desirable. Gloves and a leather or heavy canvas apron are optional depending upon personal preference.
Safety glasses are required at all times in the forging areas.Earplugs are highly recommended. If you have your own, great! If not, they’re available at many stores, and will be for sale at the conference.