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Blacksmithing 102D: Using Jigs and Making Batches

Adirondack Folk School 51 Main St., Lake Luzerne

Hooks are one of the most useful things a new blacksmith can make. They are used in many projects, and this makes them an excellent stepping stone for learning how to manufacture in bulk. We will start by making hooks by hand with just the hammer and anvil. After that, you will use various tools and jugs to produce 5 matching hooks. This class is intended for students who have taken a 101 class and understand the basics of forging and managing a coal fire.

Harp Making

Come build a Paraguan harp. This harp is characterized by a large soundbox with a rounded base, very light weight, closely-spaced light tension strings (usually nylon), a relatively flat harmonic curve, and with the strings running up through the center of the neck, which are tuned with gear-style tuners (like a guitar). Almost all harps of this style are played with the fingernails, in very rhythmically intricate music. This is the national instrument of Paraguay, and is commonly found throughout South America, Central America and in parts of Mexico. Students will be using tools from the past and today, to fashion an instrument that will last a lifetime. After this class you may even want to learn to play your beautiful new harp!

Carved Knife Holder

Adirondack Folk School 51 Main St., Lake Luzerne

Keep your kitchen knives nearby with this beautifully carved 13" x 5" knife holder. Students will learn to design, layout and carve their own designs.

The Beekman Pie Carrier Basket

Adirondack Folk School 51 Main St., Lake Luzerne

This basket was designed exclusively for the Beekman Mercantile in Sharon Springs, NY. It features a large 12" x 7" solid bottom Shaker Cathead that, when inverted, forms the cover for this pie carrier. The base is a 13" breadboard that will be provided. The instructor designed the component parts of the carrier to be used on a daily basis. The basket is for bread and fruit and the bread board is for cutting and/or serving. You need only store the handle (provided) and strap until ready to use as a pie or cake carrier. Students will weave the solid bottom base using a Shaker technique. The basket will then be pinned to a mold (provided) for weaving using a chase weave technique. Students will also learn to rivet leather to assemble the straps. The handle assembly will be provided. The finished size of the basket is 13" x 8" (without handle).

Blacksmithing for Couples: Candleholder

Adirondack Folk School 51 Main St., Lake Luzerne

This intro class is meant for couples to learn and work together on a candle holder, perfect for romantic dinners together. Students will learn everything needed to use a coal fire, hammer, and anvil to move and shape metal. Two smiths will share a forge and an anvil and learn how to work as a team to accomplish things that an individual smith would not be able to do easily.

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