Crash Course: Blacksmithing

Crash Course Series

Reignite an Age-Old Art

Pre-industrial census data tells us that as many as 1-in-5 labourers worked as ‘Smiths’, underscoring the importance of the village blacksmith, who provided a vital material skill that allowed for a greater quality of life. Hand-forged tools provided the means to better cultivate, prepare and cook food, build and maintain shelter, as well as care for and harness the power of domesticated animals.

Our Crash Course series initiates us into essential post-industrial skills. This five-day blacksmithing course will provide you with a working understanding of the basics of hand-forging and open up the door to creating and maintaining our own hardware and tools! This hands-on course covers the central principals of hand forging, tools of the trade, fuel and heat, safety, material selection as well as the completion of a small demo project.


Course Outline

Material Selection & Salvage

We go over material selection and sourcing, including how to forage for the best types of commonly found scrap metal to use for your projects.

Fuel & Forge

We cover fuel selection and forge setup including the pros and cons of coal vs charcoal as well as charcoal production, forge systems, and working with heat. We’ll also explore complete shop setup including tool and anvil selection.

Hand Forging

Your blacksmithing instructor will demonstrate metal working basics including drawing out, flattening, punching, and chiseling. We’ll also review safety considerations.

Mini Projects

You get to dive in and make your own mini projects, and gain hands on experience start to finish. Cute right?

Your Instructor

Kaley ‘Kale’ Tivy

Kaley is an experienced blacksmith with a focus on making quality hand tools. Check out more of his work on Instagram @yellowbellforge.

What to Bring

Please wear safety boots and cotton clothing (heavy jeans or fire retardant coveralls are best and easiest). Safety glasses are required, we have a few pairs but please bring a pair if you have some. Leather shoes are recommended. Long hair should be tied back and in general, keep low-flammability in mind. All required tools will be available on site for use during the course.

This is an overnight course with tenting sites included and cabin rental available.


Snow Lake Keep1056 Arlington Rd HamptonNova Scotia B0S 1L0 Canada Directions


Registration is no longer available for this course. Please stay tuned for other courses and offerings at North Mountain Permaculture.

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