Primitive Blacksmithing: Viking Firesteels

Blademithing-Firesteel1Percussion fire making is arguably one of the oldest fire making technologies potentially even predating the friction hand drill fire making technology.  A few thousand years after the discovery of striking sparks with flint and iron pyrite, ancient blacksmiths learned that a hardened, high carbon firesteel produces hotter sparks with less effort.

Revisit the preferred firemaking technologies of medieval Vikings.

bladesmithing Firesteel 02In this class, students will:

  • Learn to use a primitive charcoal pit forge and blacksmithing tools
  • Hand forge a Viking style firesteel
  • Heat treat high carbon steel to produce maximum sparks
  • Practice using flint and steel striker to produce sparks and make fire
  • Learn how to make traditional charred tinder using wild-harvested materials to easily catch sparks

Children 13 and under may share a project with a paying adult at a reduced price.

Class Date: Sunday, October 30th, (10:00am – 4:00pm) ,2016

Location: Santa Fe Springs, Ca

Early Bird Registration (ends Oct 23rd): ……………………… $80
Standard Registration: ……………………….……………..……… $95
Shop & Materials Fee: ………………………………………..………. $20

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*Additional details, including directions and what to bring, will be provided after sign up below.
**Children 13 and under may attend at a reduced price with a registered adult to share a project.



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