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BL_S: BLacksmithing 101 Safety Sign-off & Forging a Feather Wall Hook

  • 28 May 2022
  • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Nova Labs (Blacksmithing Shop), 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax VA
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Feathers. Elegant and versatile, humanity has used these products of our avian friends as decoration, padding, writing implements, fans, masks, and insulation.

Feathers have one major drawback: They are not made of steel. But through years of top-secret research, Nova Labs’s blacksmiths have developed techniques for creating iron feathers and in this project sign-off class, we will pass those secrets on to you.

PREREQUISITES: None

In this class we will be creating decorative steel hooks in the shape of bird feathers that are suitable for mounting on a wall. Students will learn how to use hot-chisels, blacksmithing hammers and soft mallets to shape the metal into an attractive wall-hook.

This class will also serve as a Safety Sign-Off for the blacksmithing equipment, equivalent to the BL: 101 class. Students who have already taken the safety sign-off may miss the first 15 minutes, though the price will remain the same.

SAFETY: All students must wear cotton or wool clothing – no synthetic materials. Shoes must be made from leather or canvas; plastic-topped sneakers will not be allowed. Eye protection (goggles) are required.

EQUIPMENT: It is highly encouraged that students bring a pair of leather work-gloves to assist in the chiseling process. Nova Labs can provide welding gloves if necessary… but they are stiff and kind of stinky; you’d be a lot happier supplying your own, honest! Safety glasses will be provided. The materials and blacksmithing equipment will be provided.

Minors under 14 may not take the class.
Minors 14-15: May take the class, but parents must also be a paid participant learning the skills alongside their child.
Minors 16-17: May take the class, but parents must remain in the lab and available in case needed or in an emergency.

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