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Learn Traditional Blacksmithing

Classes at O’Keefe Historic ranch with Patrick McIvor begin at 9:30 in the morning and go till everyone in the class is finished their projects.

Each class starts with some discussion around what we are making, what skill sets are being reviewed and what new skills will be learned.

As most students have limited equipment and knowledge of blacksmith iron work, all lessons show how to create many objects using very basic tools and scrap materials.

The Process

The steps of the project are explained then demonstrated. After each section is explained step by step the students go to their stations and begin that section of the object.

We repeat these steps until we complete the project.

Students are asked to bring to class food and water for the day, safety glasses, good boots, non-flammable cloths like cotton or wool. In winter wearing layers is required as there is no heat in the forge, when demonstrations happen students can get cold and when working get hot.

Our lessons at O’Keefe are skill based, with challenging techniques to build quality traditional forging skills. The class is shown several different ways to accomplish the same result

Classes

Please note that not all offered classes are currently scheduled. To inquire about an unscheduled class contact us at: info@thedancingscot.com

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April 2020

Intro Class Apr

April 4
Dancing Scot Forge at O’Keefe Ranch, 9380 BC-97
Vernon, British Columbia V1H 1W9 Canada
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$105

122No prerequisite Build a dinner triangle and striker Teaches the basics of hand skills, terminology, fire management and safety One day approx. 8-9 hours

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Cable Damascus Seaxe Knife Apr

April 30 - May 3
Dancing Scot Forge at O’Keefe Ranch, 9380 BC-97
Vernon, British Columbia V1H 1W9 Canada
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$500

Prerequisite intro Max 6 students Make as large a seaxe knife from cable and tool steel Skills learned, forge welding cable, forge welding steel into cable, hot punching rivet holes, filing and sanding surface, hardening and tempering, acid etching and handle joinery 4 days

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May 2020

Intro Class May

May 9
Dancing Scot Forge at O’Keefe Ranch, 9380 BC-97
Vernon, British Columbia V1H 1W9 Canada
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Free

No prerequisite Build a dinner triangle and striker Teaches the basics of hand skills, terminology, fire management and safety One day approx. 8-9 hours

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Copper Beer Stein Class May

May 23
Dancing Scot Forge at O’Keefe Ranch, 9380 BC-97
Vernon, British Columbia V1H 1W9 Canada
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$150

Prerequisite none Make a 500 ml beer stein with handle out of sheet and tube copper Skills learned, forming sheet copper into a vessel and sheet joinery, forming a base, copper rivets, tinning interior or copper vessel to be able to drink from it

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June 2020

Intro Class Jun

June 6
Dancing Scot Forge at O’Keefe Ranch, 9380 BC-97
Vernon, British Columbia V1H 1W9 Canada
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$105

No prerequisite Build a dinner triangle and striker Teaches the basics of hand skills, terminology, fire management and safety One day approx. 8-9 hours Sold out

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Hammer Slitting and Drifting Tools Jun

June 7
Dancing Scot Forge at O’Keefe Ranch, 9380 BC-97
Vernon, British Columbia V1H 1W9 Canada
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$105

Prerequisites intro Make a hammer slitting tool and drift for hammer eyes Skills learned how to efficiently move bigger stock by hand, hardening and tempering One day

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Damascus Knife Class June 25-28

June 25 - June 28
Dancing Scot Forge at O’Keefe Ranch, 9380 BC-97
Vernon, British Columbia V1H 1W9 Canada
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$550

Prerequisite intro Make a Cable Damasucs san mai knife Skills learned, forge welding, hand filing, fitting a handle 4 days

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July 2020

Intro Class July

July 11
Dancing Scot Forge at O’Keefe Ranch, 9380 BC-97
Vernon, British Columbia V1H 1W9 Canada
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$105

No prerequisite Build a dinner triangle and striker Teaches the basics of hand skills, terminology, fire management and safety One day approx. 8-9 hours Contact me for more information

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Light Tongs Class (Round Bar) July

July 12
Dancing Scot Forge at O’Keefe Ranch, 9380 BC-97
Vernon, British Columbia V1H 1W9 Canada
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$105

Prerequisite intro class Make a functioning set of tongs for holding hot metal Skills learned, fire welding, tools to separate metal, hot punching, riveting One day approx. 8-9 hours

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Camp Axe Class July

July 25 - July 26
Dancing Scot Forge at O’Keefe Ranch, 9380 BC-97
Vernon, British Columbia V1H 1W9 Canada
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$220

Prerequisite intro Make a 2-pound camp axe with a bar of steel and a tool steel insert Skills learned, layout, precise forging, forge welding, hardening and tempering Two days

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