I’m Ivan, some of you might know me - I dropped off my forge at the hackspace over the summer and fired it up once in a while.
I’m also an industrial design student at Emily Carr. For my capstone project I’m doing research into how forging might be made more accessible for people who want to begin metalworking, but who feel that it takes too much time, commitment or space to get started. I’m also interested in setting up a system of tutorials at the hackspace so that people can use the forge safely whenever they would like upon completion, and I think that we can maybe kill two birds with one stone here.
If you’ve always wanted to try your hand at blacksmithing hit me up and I’ll do a few sessions with you, and in return you can answer some questions afterwards about your experience and what has stopped you from trying out forging in the past, what you see as the main challenges to starting out.
Thanks much and have a grand day!