If you are interested in taking any of our blacksmithing classes please keep in mind, safety is of the upmost importance. We are dealing with metal in excess of 2000°F and there are obvious dangers, so precautions must be taken. While there is a safety briefing at the start of all classes, here is a list of important things to keep in mind:
Be Conscious of Fibers
No synthetic fiber clothing at all. Synthetics melt, sticking to your skin, and causing more severe burns. Please wear only natural fibers (ex. Cotton, denim). This applies to your mask as well, if you choose to wear one.
Protect Your Eyes
Safety glasses are required at all times when in the forging areas. Earplugs are highly recommended. If you have your own, great! If not, they’re available at many hardware stores and we will have some for sale at the conference.
Cover Your Skin
Minimize exposed skin. Yes, it is hot by a forge (and in Florida), but protecting yourself is more important. Jeans and a long sleeve cotton shirt are suggested; most of us wear jeans and a cotton t-shirt. Wear shorts or kilts at your own risk! Closed-toe shoes are required; we recommend leather boots /shoes. If you show up in flip-flops/sandals you will not be allowed in the forging areas.
Heads, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
Consider wearing a hat or bandana to keep soot off your head. Gloves and leather or heavy canvas aprons are optional, using them is a personal preference but they do have a place in your blacksmithing toolbox or on your person.
As we have learned in the past year and more, COVID is a virus that is contagious and with potentially serious outcomes. COVID safety precautions will be available at the conference but these and other measures only REDUCE the risk of becoming infected. By attending and participating in the FABA annual conference you acknowledge your understanding that YOU are aware of, and assuming the risk from participation, for you and your family members, as related to COVID issues.