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BL_S_P:Blacksmithing Safety Sign-Off: Forging a Bottle Opener

  • 8 May 2021
  • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Nova Labs - Back Alley, 1916 Isaac Newton Square W, Reston, va 20190
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In our modern world, we take the ability to open bottles for granted with easy access to bottle openers anywhere we go. But our ancestors were not so lucky – back in the mists of time, only the most skilled craftsmen held the secret of making bottle-openers, and those methods were carefully guarded and passed down from master to apprentice through the generations. The precious bottle-openers of antiquity were often inscribed with mystic runes or decorated with fearsome beast-heads to, I dunno, scare the evil spirits out of their Grape Nehi Soda bottles or something.

In this class we will teach you the ancient art of bottle-opener forging! Over the course of the afternoon you will learn to use Nova Lab’s blacksmithing equipment (forges, anvils, hammers, & tongs) to create and decorate a classic “church key” style bottle opener.
There are no pre-requisites for this class (other than age)! Completing this class will also count as the safety sign-off for Nova Lab’s blacksmithing equipment and will allow you to attend blacksmithing Open Office Hours.

WARNING: The regularly-offered Blacksmithing 101 safety sign-off is a much more gentle introduction to the art of blacksmithing. This class is an hour longer and will require a lot more vigorous hammering!
Prerequisites - Age 16 and over, and Nova Labs Green Orientation (GO) Class. You may take this class without GO, if you do not plan to attend any other blacksmithing session or class. Any person aged 16 or 17 must have a parent remain on premises in case of emergency.

PPE and CORRECT CLOTHING IS REQUIRED - Students must dress in non-synthetic clothing (linen, wool, cotton), wear closed toed shoes (preferably leather) and bring eye protection. Mask are required at all times in the lab. Failure to do so may result in being turned away from the class without a refund.

We reserve the right to ask any participant to leave if we feel they are compromising safety or disturbing the class.

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