I have decided after some universal pushing to go ahead with teaching the skills that I have been blessed with.
After contemplating it and putting out some really short feelers, I have 4 students lined up already. I’m only going to start with 2 at a time for now until I can acquire more equipment.
We did order 2 new 70 pound “Big Face” anvils from NC Tool Company. I am in no way affiliated with them (other than being a VERY satisfied customer), but if you are looking for blacksmithing, or farrior tools then they are the go to. I now have 3 anvils, and one gas forge from them. Their prices are very reasonable, including shipping believe it or not, and the tools are top notch.
This afternoon I built a stand for one of the anvils and I’ll build the other one when I get back from the farm this weekend.
I am starting new students off with a 4 hour, beginning course that covers:
1. Shop safety
2. Tool identification/ use
3. Square stock tapering
At the end of the 4 hours they will be hot, sweaty, and tired. But they will also understand the value of working with your hands. They will also get to take that project home that THEY made.
This “S” hook is the project I felt would appeal to the average student and still give them a good beginning taste of the trade.
I have come up with follow up courses for more advanced techniques, and I will offer those only to those that have taken the introductory course, or show proof that they have had training elsewhere.
Two of the four students I have lined up have indicated that they are interested in participating in long term apprenticeships. That will be discussed after they sweat for the first 4 hours, lol.
So….if you have plans on being in the Southeastern North Carolina area and want to simply check off an item on your bucket list, or you want to start a new hobby or trade, shoot us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
The first class is scheduled for December 9th and is booked, but after that I plan on holding them on alternating Saturdays and Wednesdays after that. More dates may be added if the demand is there.
Pricing, for now stands at $100 for the 4 hour class. All materials, tools, and safety equipment will be provided. All you have to bring is a good attitude, and appropriate clothing.
I should have a ton of photos and good stories to tell after that first class, so stay tuned..lol
As far as the farm goes, this weekend’s plan is to frame out the floor of the shed. First building starting!!!! I’m super excited about that.
My lovely Maria and I hope that you all have a beautiful weekend.