Explore Gas Forge Blacksmithing

September 12-13, 2020

Schedule: Saturday-Sunday, 9am-4pm

Instructor: Hal Aavang

Registration Deadline: Aug 31

Description

Want to try blacksmithing with a small, portable gas forge? It’s easy to set up and use with a propane tank, and is a good choice for those who might want to set up a workshop at home. Hal will explain how to work with a gas forge, and you will learn the basic blacksmithing skills of drawing, tapering, and twisting. You will apply these skills to make a variety of hooks and leaves.

Level Beginner and above

Class Size 4

Instructor Hal Aavang

Student Supply List
Wear cotton/wool clothing and closed-toe leather shoes. Bring safety glasses if you have them and heat-resistant gloves.

  • Tuition $220
  • Materials Fee $10
  • Fuel & Supply Charge $10

Instructor

Photo of Hal Aavang

Hal Aavang

Hal Aavang was looking for a hobby after retirement and found Shake Rag Alley. Hal started with a blacksmithing class taught by Bob Tuftee and got bitten by the bug in his first class. After taking several classes using a coal forge, Hal decided on a more modern approach to blacksmithing with a gas forge, MIG welder, and oxy-acetylene torch.…Read More

Hal Aavang was looking for a hobby after retirement and found Shake Rag Alley. Hal started with a blacksmithing class taught by Bob Tuftee and got bitten by the bug in his first class. After taking several classes using a coal forge, Hal decided on a more modern approach to blacksmithing with a gas forge, MIG welder, and oxy-acetylene torch. He has a home blacksmithing shop and has worked on many pieces from traditional hooks and fire pokers, to tomahawks and flower sculptures. Hal is a member of the Upper Midwest Blacksmith Association. He either keeps, recycles, or donates his work.

Workshops

Blacksmithing a Garden Gate

Explore Gas Forge Blacksmithing

Forging a Calla Lily and a Hook

Forging Leaf Hooks

Registration Policies & Waiting Lists

Class Confirmation
You will receive a registration confirmation via email. If you do not have an email address, you will receive a snail-mail confirmation.

Please read your class confirmation carefully as it may include a supply list and other important details.

Materials Fees
Many classes have materials fees in addition to the tuition. These are identified in the class listing and are usually paid with the tuition payment, however in some cases materials fees are paid directly to the instructor at class time (check the class listing).

Cancellation Policy
While we recognize that life intrudes and plans change, in consideration of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for classes, we must adhere to the following cancellation policies:

Student cancellations

> Cancellations made 31 days before the published registration deadline date for any given workshop are eligible for a full refund less 25% of the workshop fee OR a gift certificate in the full amount of the workshop fee. The gift certificate can be applied to workshops or lodging through Dec. 31 of the following year and is transferable.

> Cancellations made 30 days or less than the published registration deadline date for any given workshop are not eligible for refunds. We encourage all students to purchase trip insurance.

> Cancellation requests must be made by calling our office at (608) 987-3292.

> If you have booked lodging with Shake Rag Alley in conjunction with your class, please refer to our lodging page for the lodging cancellation policy.

Cancellations by Shake Rag Alley

> If Shake Rag Alley must cancel a class you will be notified immediately via email or phone and will receive a full refund.

> If a class does not meet a minimum number of students, it may be cancelled. A decision to cancel a class due to under enrollment will be made on the day following the published registration deadline.

> If you have booked lodging with Shake Rag Alley in conjunction with a class cancelled by Shake Rag Alley, you may receive a full refund on lodging should you wish to cancel the lodging. Please call the office at (608) 987-3292.

Waiting Lists

If a workshop you are interested in is sold out, please fill out this waiting list form. We will contact you if a spot becomes available. The class code requested on the form is the Workshop ID shown at left, beneath the Add to Cart button.

Workshop ID 20R256B Catalogs ,

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