1. Define blacksmith and blacksmithing.
2. While both forging and fabrication can be a part of blacksmithing, your projects may or may not include fabrication. Discuss with your instructor the basic differences between forging and fabrication and be able to explain the differences.
3. Discuss with your instructor the safety rules for blacksmithing. Be sure you understand why they are important, and explain or demonstrate them when asked.
4. As you discuss with your instructor the process of treating metal, develop a basic understanding of the principles of hardening and tempering metal.
5. Identify and explain the nine basic items required for blacksmithing.
6. Identify the parts of a London pattern anvil and identify their uses:
a) The body (and base):
b) The horn
c) Table or step
d) The face
e) The Hardie or Hardy hole.
f) The Pritchel hole.
7. Explain the two basic classes of forges, (solid fuel and gas), and demonstrate ability to identify the parts of the one you will be using:
a. Solid Fuel Forge i. Blower ii. Fire Pot or Pan iii. Tuyere iv. Ash Dump v. Clinker Breaker vi. Tuyere Plate
b. Gas Forge i. Forge or Fire box ii. Hose iii. Pressure Gauge iv. Regulator v. Burner
8. Identify the basic parts of a hammer and list the basic classes of hammers used in blacksmithing. (The shape of a hammer reflects the task that it is designed to do):
a) Parts of a hammer i) Handle ii) Head:1) The FACE:2)The PEEN:
b) Types of blacksmith hammers i) Cross Peen ii) Angle Peen iii) In-line or Straight Peen iv) Ball Peen
9. Discuss tooling with your instructor, and explain how it is used. Although many types of tooling have handles how is tooling different than a hammer?
10. With your instructor, discuss and review the basic types of tongs available in blacksmithing. Tongs are classified by the shape (or description) of the jaw, which affect their use. Some basic types are:
11. Discuss how to properly start and put out a fire in the forge you are using:
a. Solid Fuel: i Start ii. Put Out
b. Gas i. Start ii. Turn Off
12. Discuss how to PROPERLY clean and maintain the blacksmithing equipment you are using:
13. While each hammer, tong, and tool serves a specific function there are only a few foundational skills of a blacksmith. Discuss with your instructor the three to five skills they feel are most important for their style of blacksmithing:
a. Drawing b. Tapering c. Upsetting d. Spreading e. Twisting f. Bending g. Drifting (or Punching) h. Slitting (or Splitting)
14. With supervision make two projects. You will be using low carbon steel at least ¼ inch thick and utilizing techniques your instructor will teach you. These projects need to include the following techniques:
a. Draw out the end of a square piece by forging a round taper, and placing a finial (Curly queue) on the end. b. Use the horn of the anvil to forge a U-shaped bend. c. Form a decorative twist in a piece of square steel.
15. Choose one of the following:
a. Prepare a worship talk discussing blacksmithing from the Bible and/or the spirit of prophecy and discuss its application to our lives.
b. Write a 250 plus word paper about metal processing or blacksmithing from the Bible and/or the spirit of prophecy and its application to today.
c. Using your artistic ability, draw, create, make a short video etc., using blacksmithing from the Bible and/or the Spirit of Prophecy to illustrate a spiritual lesson and present to your pathfinder group.
16. Blacksmithing and metal working are ancient arts. When where they first mentioned in the Bible? What kind of things were made?
17. There are many references to “smiths” in the Bible.
What is the significance of the blacksmith in the following texts:
a. 1 Samuel 13:19-21
b. 2 Kings 24:14
c. Isaiah 54:16 Be safe and enjoy yourself.