NRBA Blacksmith Curriculum - Level II

NRBA Level II Training 2017 - sorry no pics yet -

John McLellans Level II Grille

Square corner with fillet

Leafing Hammer, part of Level II

Level II Grille Drawings

Level II Class Checklist

NRBA Level II: Intermediate Blacksmith

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This certificate will be awarded to NRBA members who have completed the Level 2, advanced training. Interested members will receive a check list of required skills to complete to guide them through the program. Ongoing educational activities will be published in the NRBA Newsletter. There is no guarantee that a teaching opportunity will exist at a time a student is seeking one.

Students will have to prove to their instructor(s) that they understand and can perform the 21 skills listed below. Instructor(s) must sign off on the check list for each separate skill. Students will also present to their instructor(s) a completed project. The farm gate latch (drawing provided) is a suggested project but students have the freedom to make a different project as long as it incorporates all of the same skills. Alternate projects should be pre-approved by the education committee by submitting a drawing with dimensions. Suggested books to use as reference are: The Skills of a Blacksmith Vol.1, Mark Aspery; The New Edge of the Anvil, Jack Andrews and The Back Yard Blacksmith, Lorelei Sims, all available for loan through the NRBA library.

Suggested books to use as reference are:

The Skills of a Blacksmith Vol.1 -3 by Mark Aspery

The New Edge of the Anvil by Jack Andrews

all available for loan through the NRBA library.


Required Skills for NRBA Level 2 (Checklist):

  • Safety (see NRBA’s Safety Plan and Guide)

  • Bending flat bar on edge over anvil's horn and forge weld ring to given size

  • Make leafing hammer

  • Making scrolling/bending fork from flat bar

  • Creating square corners, upset square corners to defined leg lengths

  • Demonstrate different scrolls (ribbon, fish tail, half penny,beveled scrolls)

  • Make hardy bottom tool and case harden

  • Make collar stock (chiseled and raised rib using bottom tool)

  • Demonstrate collaring

  • Punch and drift round and square holes in square/ flat bar

  • Punch and drift round and square holes in round bar using bolster plate

  • Demonstrate tenon making and mortise/tenon joints

  • Make and apply rivets

  • Complete an approved project (Level 2 grille or equivalent) using the above skills and tools.

Links to More Curriculum Information

NRBA Safety Policy

Anvils Ring Article about NRBA Education Program

Guidelines for Assessing Student Work

List of NRBA Certified Blacksmiths and Instructors

The ABANA Curriculum as of July 2011

Curriculum articles in ABANA's Hammer's Blow Magazine

Curriculum education of California Blacksmith Association