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BL_S02: Blacksmithing Safety Sign-Off: Forging a Decorative Leaf

  • 13 Aug 2022
  • 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Nova Labs (The Blacksmith Shop), 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030

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Blacksmithing Safety Sign-Off: Forging a
Decorative Leaf

Gardening is a rewarding hobby that can inspire a Zen-like appreciation for nature and bring you closer to the natural world. But it also involves dirt, bugs, and doesn’t mesh well with super-high temperatures.

Nova Labs blacksmiths have our own version of gardening, in which we hammer glowing-hot metal into naturalistic floral shapes made of sturdy STEEL – proof from predations by caterpillars, deer or other herbivorous threats.

In this class we will teach you the basics of forging a decorative leaf.  Over the course of the afternoon you will learn to use Nova Lab’s blacksmithing equipment (forges, anvils, hammers, & tongs) to create a steel leaf and stem suitable for any number of displays or a keychain.
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 equire 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.

Sign off:  Blacksmithing Safety.

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. 

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. 

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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