Jax Member REDUCED to$325 / General Public REDUCED$400 / Deposit $125
The blacksmith before all else and above all else, is the tool maker, this is the heritage of the blacksmith. Join blacksmith Gerald Boggs in learning the most satisfying of blacksmith skills: The forging of tools. The focus of the class will be on forging tongs, handled top tooling and bottom tooling for the hardy hole. However, before we get to them, we'll need to forge some of the tools we'll need to make those tools, so we'll start the class with chisels, punches and drifts.
Materials Fee: $50
Minimum Enrollment, 4: Maximum Enrollment, 12
Minimum Age: Responsible Young Adult
About the Instructor: Gerald Boggs lives in the village of Afton, Virginia. He opened his own shop, Wayfarer Forge, in 2004, where he does demonstrations and commissions. Working as a classical blacksmith, Gerald is not stuck in the past doing designs from the 18th century over and over. Rather, he tries to work within the framework of classical blacksmithing, while embracing design development of the last century. A member of the Old Dominion Blacksmith Association (OBDSA), Gerald is spearheading a partnership between The Jacksonville Center and OBDSA that is making blacksmithing more accessible to the public and experienced blacksmiths alike. Learn More about the Instructor at: http://wayfarerforge.com