Forge a Viking-Style Anvil (2 Days)
Dates: May 6th and 7th, 2017 (Saturday, Sunday / 10am - 5pm)
Location: Wrought Academy / 2440 Adeline Street / Oakland CA 94607
Level: Intermediate and Advanced
Maximum Class Size: 4 (This class will run if at least 2 students are enrolled by Sunday, April 30th)
Class descriptions: This is an intensive class for a small number of intermediate and higher blacksmithing students. The forge work is fairly strenuous and demanding, so students should be prepared to swing a 3 kg. striking hammer for numerous welding heats on the day that their anvil is forged.
In this class the students and I will work as a team to forge and weld a Viking style anvil for each student. Such anvils were probably used for the bulk of blacksmithing in the Viking Age and were tightly mortised into tree stumps for use. When mounted this way these small anvils are surprisingly effective for forging the the tools and other articles which were common in the Viking Age.
Class space is very limited. Students will be registered in the order that their payments are received.
See you at the Forge! - James Austin
Traditionally Welded Anvils: When steel was an expensive resource, anvils and other tools would be shaped from soft iron and faced or edged with high carbon steel to give them toughness against damage and wear. The cost of the tools was reduced and the major forging of the tool forms was executed in soft iron, which was much easier to work than the tougher steel.
Class Set-Up and Safety Considerations:
All necessary tools and materials will be provided for the students.
Students must bring their own safety glasses and wear them at all times in work areas (a few used pairs are usually available at the shop).
Students should bring leather gloves that are supple and a little loose to help protect their hands from burns, cuts and abrasions. Some used gloves are usually available at the shop.
Students must wear snugly fitted, long-sleeved work shirts and long pants of cotton or wool (no nylon or polyester allowed) and firm, leather work-shoes.
Hearing protection is required to be worn and is provided in the shop in the form of foam ear-plugs. Students who need over-ear protection must provide their own.