november, 2023

18nov9:00 am4:00 pmDemo - Phoenix - Grizzly Iron

Event Details

Demonstration: Saturday, November 18, 2023
Workshop: Sunday, November 19, 2023
Grizzly Iron
1329 W. Lincoln St.
Phoenix, AZ
Demonstrator: Mark Ling

Mark Ling will demonstrate forging a cross peen hammer by hand, without a
striker. This will cover punching the billet, forging the eye (drifting it larger while
also forging the “cheeks” of the hammer) and drawing out the peen. It will be
demonstrated that it is possible to do this without a striker – a problem so
many smiths have who work by themselves. Mark will cover each part of the
process, explaining his reasoning for choice of tooling and techniques,
and why he believes them to be the most efficient way to accomplish the task at
hand. Efficiency of forging is something he is highly concerned about
when working. Before forging the hammer, Mark will also make a punch that will be used when making the hammer, one
of the few tools necessary. After that, he will make a horse head handle fire poker. This will include
forging a horse head, using fullers and decorative punches, punching and drifting, forging a hole in the
middle of a bar (as opposed to at the end of a bar), drawing out flat bar then making it square, and then
round, and forging tapers as well as folding and forge welding the end of the fire poker. As time allows he
may include a few other items, as well as take requests if there is something in particular that an individual
would like to see done or explained better. He may also include forge welding, basic scrolling and
collaring, tools, or more artistic work of pieces that are aesthetically pleasing.
To see more on Mark Link go to

* Registration begins at 8:00 AM, the demonstration starts at 9:00 AM.
* Registration fee: $15 for members, $20 for non-members
* Lunch is on your own. There are several good eating spots in Cottonwood.
* Tailgating is encouraged. Tailgaters, please consider donating to Iron in the Hat.
* Bring things for Iron-In-the-Hat and Show-and-Tell. Be sure to put your name on anything you bring for Show-and-Tell.

* The Mark Ling workshop on Sunday is $100.
Students will be making hand forged 2 pound hammers using strikers, so students will be working in
pairs All materials will be provided. Bring your own safety gear.
Contact Richard Rozinski at 602-803-7255 or to register.

Presidents Project for November is a forged leaf. It can be just a leaf, a leaf on a stem, a leaf that is
part of another project and can be any size and shape. Let’s see how many leaves we can get and who

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(Saturday) 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Grizzly Iron

1329 W Lincoln St, Phoenix, AZ

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