Based on the popular Metallurgy & Forging class offered this past summer, Newton’s Attic is pleased to offer an Introduction to Forging Workshop for beginners and continuing students during Fall Break 2021. In this single day workshop, students will learn the basic elements of the historic art of Blacksmithing and experience heating steel in a custom made coal forge and forging their steel with a hammer and anvil. Students will get to make a small project they can take home. Concepts and activities: What are different metals? How can we get them or make them? What can we do with them? In this course we will explore those questions through hands on experimentation. Learning outcomes will include basic forging techniques (squaring, tapering, drawing, punching, splitting, twisting, and the use of tools), determining the carbon content and type of metal (spark testing), patinas, finishes, and sealing (chemical processes of altering the surface of the metal, painting metal surfaces, and using different types of sealants for different purposes). All of these processes will be used to show the following: differences between ferrous and non-ferrous metals, chemical compositions of metals, and industrial and aesthetic applications of metalsmithing all through the way children learn best – creation and play. Kids will get to see their hands make marks and changes in metal to create something, play games to remember what metals are made of, and best of all get to play with fire (plus maybe come out with some cool burns to brag to their friends about)! So kids bring some close-toed shoes and pull your hair back and let’s get to work! *Students should wear close-toed shoes, clothing made of natural fibers (no plastics or synthetics) and things they don’t mind burning small holes in, including their shoes. Newton’s Attic will provide welding gloves and safety glasses.