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Blacksmithing 101

  • March 02, 2019
  • NOVA Labs
  • Reston , VA , USA

Description

Blacksmithing 101
The chapter is doing something a little different this month! You are invited to observe a class covering the basics of blacksmithing. The class is free for audience and observers to listen -- and to find out if you would like to try blacksmithing at a future event. The 3 makers in the class will learn essential skills like hammer control, tapering, bending, and twisting as well as key safety items like how to avoid burning yourself, branding your friends, or hitting yourself with blunt objects.Those taking the class will leave with whatever metal they have beaten into submission.

This is also a great opportunity to take a look at NOVA Labs in Reston, VA, a membership-driven, all-volunteer makerspace, founded in 2011 with the purpose of empowering the community to rediscover the joy of making things.

WHAT YOU'RE GETTING INTO: The demo will take place in "blacksmithing alley" behind the lab, so dress in layers, as it might be chilly but there will also be fire. And also sparks. Class participants MUST wear non-synthetic clothes, including leather shoes and long pants, and the audience members should as well. Bring your own or borrow the Lab's safety glasses.

Dinner
We plan to head over to Jackson's Mighty Fine Food and Lucky Lounge afterward for an 8:30pm dinner to discuss the finer points of beating metal into submission. Please RSVP for either or both the blacksmithing demo and dinner. If you arrive at Nova Labs via metro at the Wiehle-Reston East stop, we are happy to carpool to the restaurant and back to metro.
 

DATE: Saturday, March 2, 2019

6:00 pm Arrive at Nova Labs, sign in at the front desk
8:00 pm Dinner at Jackson's Mighty Fine Food and Lucky Lounge


LOCATIONS:

NOVA Labs
1916 Isaac Newton Square W, Reston, VA 20190

Jackson's Mighty Fine Food and Lucky Lounge
11927 Democracy Drive, Reston, VA 20190


COST: No cost for the demo (We'll split the bill for dinner)

Please RSVP to chair@asm-dc.org by Thursday, February 28, 2019

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