Introduction to Blacksmithing
WDM Blacksmithing Course Hits Major Milestone in 2016!
What began as a small class in 1988 to preserve the traditional art of
blacksmithing is hitting a major milestone on January 8-10, 2016.
Volunteer instructors will be teaching the 100th
About the Course
The Western Development Museum is committed to preserving both artifacts, the tools that early prairie blacksmiths used, and the techniques of smithing practiced by early prairie smiths and farmers. Since 1988, the allure of fire in the forge and the mystery of shaping hot metal have drawn curious learners to explore the old trade.
The introductory blacksmith course is offered in a weekend format during the winter season. It is held at the WDM Curatorial Centre in Saskatoon. Basic forging techniques are taught, including flattening, squaring, splitting, bending and welding.
Early graduates of the course formed the Saskatchewan Chapter of the Western Canadian Blacksmiths Guild.
NOTE: Participants must be 16 years of age or older at the time of the course.
"This was an excellent course and
the instructors really know how to bring people with a range of skills
along. Fantastic job! Thanks."
2015 Course Participant
To be put on the notification list for next year's courses, please contact us at 306-934-1400 or by email.
"It was very helpful for getting started, even a the most basic level." 2015 Course Participant
"Great course. Lots of fun! Very knowledgeable & friendly instructors as well." 2015 Course Participant