Getting Hooked on Blacksmithing

I recently had the opportunity to take one of the ‘Taste of Blacksmithing’ classes at the Prospect Hill Forge in Waltham MA as part of the NBSS group event there. It’s something I wanted to take for a long time and I am happy I finally got to take it. During the class we learned some basic techniques and principles of how to work metal, then Carl and Mike let us try it for ourselves. The project for the class was a drive hook — which is a hook you would drive into a timber framed post or similar and then use like any other hook. (see below)

Completed Drive Hook
Completed Drive Hook. First thing I ever forged -- I really like it. You would drive it into a post and use it like any other hook. Has nice twisting detail.

I’m looking forward to talking more classes there in the future.

You can find out more about the Prospect Hill Forge here. Carl and Mike were great instructors, and like me worked in Software/High Tech. šŸ™‚

Here is a brief slide show from our class:

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