Halifax residents invited to try their hand at blacksmithing

March 11, 2017 by  

Blacksmithing has become an almost forgotten profession, but an event planned for the Halifax area will provide an introduction to the art of working with iron.

The workshop will kick off in the morning with a cup of coffee and conversation, and then the blacksmith will give a presentation that will offer information about the practice of forming items from hot iron. After this, the participants will try their hand at using the forge, under the direction of the blacksmith, to complete a project. Online printing can be utilized to order custom designed certificates for each person who completes the session.

The workshop will run throughout the day, and there will be a break for lunch. Those who plan on taking part are reminded to bring along something to eat and they are also asked to wear steel-toed boots, as well as non-flammable clothing with long sleeves and full length pants. For safety reasons, anyone with long hair will need to have it clipped back, and both gloves and protective eye wear will be supplied. It is only open to those ages 18 years and over.

The Beginners’ Blacksmithing workshop has been planned for April 20 at the Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum. Tickets are $90 each, and they can be purchased through the institution’s website which also contains further information about the activity and the museum itself.

Beginners Blacksmithing Workshop (April)