Level 1 (Novice)

Level I: Basic Blacksmithing.

This certificate will be awarded to those who have completed the Level I, basic training or the equivalent. They will have presented to their instructor the Farm Gate Latch (see website) and have passed a safety test. By doing so they have shown an understanding of the basic skills of a blacksmith, including:

Nomenclature of the anvil
Hammers and types of hammer blow
Tapers (Square octagon, round)
Handheld punch in a round hole
Hot cut (chisel or top tool)
Heat treatment
7/8 x 1/8 slot Punch (or equivalent)
Hammer, eye drift (1/2 by 7/8)
Monkey tool (precursor to making a hammer - level 2)
Butcher (chisel or top tool)
Round tenon
Tenon Tool
Forge welding
Bending over the bick or horn

A detailed description is available here