On the Blacksmithing Course Amber Goneni

Day 1

General workshop tour and discussion about the week course. Machinery and health & safely lessons. Fire and forge management under supervision. First project the making of nail hooks. Second project fire poker Forging techniques including tapering, bending & twisting. The use of tongs, hand held equipment & jigs. The using of leg vices. The use of an angle grinder with wire brush cup. Machine equipment used, Bandsaw, Linisher, pillar drill, angle grinder.

Day 2<

Fire and forge management independently. Forging techniques including upsetting, stepping and folding. Third project dragon claw toasting fork. Forging techniques for project including hot chiselling, splitting & cutting. Angle grinding with cutting disc and wire brush cup.

Day 3

Personal project design and research. Measuring, marking and cutting metal stock accurately. Preparing metal for welding with angle grinder and flap disc. Lessons in mig welding. Welding frame. Spiral forging lessons.

Day 4

Lighting forge and full responsibility with fire management Developing all forge techniques and applying them to the personal project. Creating leaves & honey suckle head. Using the flypress for the curvature of leaves.

Day 5

Drawing templates of leaves and lily head and using the angle grinder cutting disc. Forging the leaves for the finial project. Information about running a Artist Blacksmithing business, including, pricing, invoices, meeting clients, site visit and general questions and answers about the business. We worked together with ease in creating the final piece. Amber has shown a flair with the mix of Art and Blacksmithing. The final project has been a great success and demonstrates all the hard work Amber has learnt over the week.

In concluding the week course Amber has progressed at a high level and developed a good basic level of blacksmithing techniques. Amber’s confidence has grown and her common sense and determination to overcome any fears of the machinery is evident. Amber can handle and use the angle grinder with great confidence and accuracy, not an easy skill to learn. Amber tackled the welding lessons very well and was quick to achieve a good welding standard. Very methodical work practise and she has good spatial awareness and keeps the workshop tidy. I am impressed with her attention to detail this is shown in the final outcome of the poker and fork projects. Amber has been a pleasure to teach and I would be happy to recommend her for any course in this discipline.