The making of tools has always been one of the mainstays of a blacksmith’s set of skills. Not only is the smith expected to make most of their own tools — traditionally, a smith would make the tools for every other trade and craft, from a nail to a sword. In this class, we make a varied set of tools, and learn the simple, logical, no-nonsense ways in which steel bars can be turned into sturdy, useful and beautiful hand tools. In this class, you will forge a center punch, cold chisels, screwdriver, pry bar, hammer head, and blacksmith’s tongs. The photo represents the tools you will be forging. You will also learn how to heat-treat tools, how to identify the various tool steels, and how to use recycled items in tool making. Throughout the class, you will learn and practice Hofi’s ergonomic forging technique. All the tools made are yours to take home.
Class fee is $360, inclusive of all the materials and safety equipment.
This class is limited to 9 students.