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Forge Welding Patterned Steel Billets

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Course Overview

Playing with fire and hitting heavy things has been part of humanity for…well, a long time. After all, most crafts rely on a sharp blade of some variety, made by a knowledgeable blacksmith. A blacksmith must be able to take raw material through all the steps necessary to make a blade. This course explores how to take separate layers of steel and iron and place them together to forge weld a multi steel billet. Basic fire box tending, forge operation and materials will be taught and discussed. This course would be a nice complement to the Viking-Era Smelting course taught prior, but that is not a requirement for participation. Students will leave with one or two pattern style billets. Further billet forging projects may be possible if time permits. Students should be able to swing a three pound hammer and stand for ten minutes at a time. Youth ages 14 and older are welcome to participate with an adult.


Required Tools 

  • Safety Glasses
  • Cotton or flame resistant clothing ([long sleeve shirt, blue jeans, cotton hat or head covering, cotton work apron) 
  • Leather work boots or shoes
  • Leather gloves
  • Dust mask (N95 or KN95)

Optional Tools 

  • Blacksmithing apron
  • Blacksmith hammers and tongs
  • Leather welding jacket
  • Didymium safety glasses
  • Safety face shield
  • Kevlar sleeves, kevlar neck gaiter


Fri, Aug 12th, 2022  –  Sun, Aug 14th, 2022

This course has been cancelled. We offer our deepest apologies.

If you were registered for this class, you should have received an email regarding your refund options. If not, please call us at 218-387-9762 or email us at

We truly hope to see you in another class at North House soon!

Course Details

Hours: 9am-5pm each day
Tuition: $330.00
Materials fee: $90.00

Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Walter Ware
Walter Ware
Thornton, Colorado USA

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Forge Welding Patterned Steel Billets