Have you been thinking of trying your hands at blacksmithing? There is a growing interest in blacksmithing and this class will give you an introduction to the trade. It is easy to see the connection between the blacksmith and the woodworker, but blacksmiths were involved in making tools for almost every folk art. Think about the rosemaler's paint brush and all of the tools made by a blacksmith to create a paint brush as we know it today. In this class we will learn the terminology and tools of forging. We will taper, rivet, bend, upset and, yes, we will also be upset. But that is the beauty of learning together, we overcome the struggles and move on. In the process of making a key rack you will learn the basic forging techniques, using just the hammer and the anvil. We will use gas forges and see the advantages of this fuel source. You will also learn how to heat treat the tools you make for finishing the rack. There will be a materials fee of $20-$30.
K.J. Groven grew up in Skien, Norway, and spent most of his childhood on the family farm working with his grandparents. In 1999, he left Norway to attend South Dakota School of Mines and received a degree as a mechanical engineer. After some time as an engineer, he built log homes and did custom woodworking. He was introduced to a blacksmithing club during this time and was soon making buildings, cabinets, and other furniture in the Norwegian style, as well as forging tools and hardware. He believes he has found his true calling.