Would you like to try blacksmithing for a few hours to see what it is like? No problem! We would love to introduce you to this heritage craft. Come on in for a few hours and Blacksmith For a Day
Have you ever watched a blacksmith at work? There is something mesmerizing about the sound of a ringing anvil and the hot sparking energy of the forge; the concentration of the blacksmith as they manipulate fire and iron to their will and design.
At FireHouse Ironworks Ltd. we invite you to experience first hand the ancient craft of blacksmithing.
Connect with an art form that has played a vital role in our built and cultural heritage. The blacksmith has built tools, weapons, machines, engines, architectural forms, furniture, household and farm necessities, and inspiring pieces of art throughout the ages.
Learn the basics of working with iron in a traditional forge; or take a week long workshop where you learn to build a piece of your own design. Go home with new skills that can be applied to your own projects at home. At FireHouse Ironworks Ltd. we have the knowledge and facility to help you learn to blacksmith in a relaxed and safe environment.
- Introduction to Blacksmithing
- 2 Days
- FORGE SAFETY, FORGE / FIRE CONTROL, HAMMER CONTROL, TOOL USE, HAMMER DRESSING, PROPER TOOL SELECTION, STANCE AND SWING MECHANICS, MATERIAL SELECTION AND LAYOUT, HEAT COLOUR IDENTIFICATION, BASIC SMITHING PRINCIPLES AND TECHNIQUES, YOUR OWN SHOP LAYOUT. A GREAT INTRODUCTION TO THE CRAFT.
- Recreational Blacksmithing Level 1
- 1 Week
- MECHANICS OF BLACKSMITHING, DRAWING OUT, TAPERS, BENDING TECHNIQUES, SIMPLE TOOL DESIGN, TWISTS, FULLERING, LEARN SYMMETRY AND UNIFORMITY, LEARN HOW TO MAKE FUNCTIONAL ITEMS AND TOOLS, LEARN HOW TO TURN YOUR IDEAS INTO REALITY, STEEL USAGE AND IDENTIFICATION, SMALL PROJECTS MAY INCLUDE A FIRE POKER OR A SET OF FORGE TOOLS TO USE AT HOME.
- Recreational Blacksmithing Level 2
- 1 Week
- SKILL ASSESSMENT OR COMPLETION OF THE BEGINNING BLACKSMITHING CLASS.
PUNCHING AND DRIFTING AND SLITTING, HEAT TREATMENT, JOINERY TECHNIQUES, PRACTICAL FORGE TOOLING, FORGE WELDING TECHNIQUES, ADVANCED FABRICATION TECHNIQUES. PROJECTS MAY INCLUDE HINGES AND LATCHES, PINTLES ETC. ORGANIC ELEMENTS. INTRO TO DIFFERENT WELDING / CUTTING TECHNIQUES FOR THE MODERN SHOP.
- Recreational Blacksmithing Level 3
- 1 Week
- SKILL ASSESSMENT OR COMPLETION OF THE INTERMEDIATE AND/OR BEGINNERS CLASS.
FORGE WELDING IN DEPTH, ADVANCED PROJECTS USING ALL BLACKSMITHING TECHNIQUES, ADVANCED JOINERY. MIG / TIG TECHNIQUES AND SAFETY, PLASMA CUTTING.
We also offer private custom workshops.
“ I recently attended the Introduction to Blacksmithing course at Firehouse Ironworks. It was a fantastic learning experience. The instructor Grant; is very knowledgeable and passionate about his craft and is eager to share what he knows with whoever is interested in learning. Firehouse provided an excellent training environment where one can feel very comfortable in honing their skills and trying new ones…Grant explains techniques and methods in such a way, anybody who can hold a hammer could grasp the basics of this craft with little difficulty. Building on your skills, Grant demonstrates practical projects allowing you to explore and expand your ability to create with metal. The village of Whycocomagh is the true definition of community, filled with friendly people who treat you like one of their own, they all knew Grant and went the extra mile to accommodate one of his students, very impressed…if you have any interest at all in blacksmithing, take this course, I highly recommend it….”
” I had an amazing blacksmithing experience at FireHouse Ironworks. I had often saw blacksmith shops at heritage museums but I never fully understood their pertinence today. I also never dreamt I would have the opportunity to try my hand at the trade. What an incredible time I had as a blacksmith. Grant was a great teacher, guiding me through the process but giving me space so that I really had accomplished the finished product with my own two hands. It will definitely be worth coming back to Whycocomagh for another workshop. ”
Whycocomagh is located on the shores of the beautiful Bras d’Or Lake on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. Centrally located in the heart of Cape Breton, Whycocomagh is just down the road from the towns of Baddeck, Mabou, Nyanza, Inverness, and Port Hawkesbury. We are about 35 minutes from the Canso Causeway.
FireHouse Ironworks has arranged for affordable local accommodation rates for our students at a nearby motel. There is also a variety of other places to stay in the area; from camping to waterfront chalets.
Whycocomagh has a grocery & liquor store, several restaurants, a gas station and convenience stores. There is also a provincial park near the forge for your enjoyment.
All students must provide their own Personal Protective Equipment, including safety glasses and steel toed boots.