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Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:20

Summer smithing courses lined up

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The Jackson County Green Energy Park is offering a new round of blacksmithing courses this summer, taught by blacksmith Brock Martin.

Beginning knife-making and an introduction to medieval chainmaille armor will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 7 p.m. on June 11 and 12.

The knife-making course is designed for adults with some blacksmithing experience. Participants will learn the proper technique for making knives ranging from butter knives, to larger examples.

The chainmaille course focuses on the creation of chainmaille weaves. Students will learn the European 4-in-1 weave and will begin creating a chainmaille hood, or coif.

A parent-child blacksmith class will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. on June 18 and 19.

The course is designed as a cooperative learning experience, where participants will learn basic blacksmithing through the creation of a simple object. From there, they will apply those skills to create larger tools, such as a grill set.

828.631.0271 or visit www.jcgep.org/events.html.

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