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Blacksmithing - 2 Day Improvers **NEW COURSE**

23rd October 2017 - 24th October 2017 | Northleach
| £205
Course Provider: Cotswolds Conservation Board
This two day Improvers course will introduce students to a several new technical processes, and distinct parts of the 'Blacksmithing Vocabulary'

Course description: For centuries the blacksmith was regarded as the most important man in the rural community. Here in the Cotswolds, it would have been the blacksmith who made and serviced the vast range of iron implements, tools and utensils used on the farm, in the workshop and in the home. In the days before the tractor, when farmers relied upon the horse, the blacksmith also spent much of his time engaged in shoeing and other farrier tasks, particularly on large estates.

Today blacksmiths create both ornamental and functional objects by applying traditional and modern specialist techniques to form, shape and join metals such as steel, iron, brass, copper and bronze.

This two day Improvers course will introduce students to a several new technical processes, and distinct parts of the 'Blacksmithing Vocabulary'.

By the end of the course you will have a series of 'test pieces' to take away, demonstrating the processes you have practised and learned.

This two day Improvers course will introduce students to a several new technical processes, and distinct parts of the 'Blacksmithing Vocabulary'. The purpose of practising these specific techniques is to give trainees a broader experience of blacksmithing as a craft, and also to hone general forge techniques, such as hammer control and control of the forge fire.

The processes that you will practice are as follows: 1) Setting down, 2) Drawing down, 3) Punching and drifting, 4) Squaring/ Octagonal/Round Process Illustrations detailing these processes will be circulated with the joining instructions, in advance of the course itself.

Other subjects to be covered during the class include: - Correct forging stance and hammer techniques - Good fire control and practice - Effective or efficient techniques when drawing down - Better forging finish (or, how to minimalism hammer marks in the work, and remove scale for a good finish)

In addition, it will be necessary to have understood and practised these processes, to progress to the more advance blacksmithing, or 'Tongs Making' Class. Details about this Advanced course will be added to the Cotswolds Conservation Board's Rural Skills website when available.

What do you need to know: Prior knowledge or experience is required (i.e. completion of the 1 day Taster course in Blacksmithing provided by the Cotswolds Conservation Board or equivalent practical experience).

Instructor: David Joy is an expert blacksmith with many years experience in traditional and modern blacksmithing techniques. You can see more of David's work at www.davidjoyblacksmith.co.uk

What to bring on the day: All materials and equipment provided. You will need to bring appropriate clothing, sturdy footwear and a packed lunch.

Times: Start: 10.30 am, Finish 17.00 pm each day of the two day course (approximately)