NRBA Blacksmith Curriculum - Level III

Level III Finished Grille

Finishing the scroll end with water leaf

One done, three to go

Level III Grille Drawings

Level III articles in ABANA's Hammer's Blow Magazine

Level III Class Checklist (not done yet)

NRBA Level II: Intermediate Blacksmith

Printable PDF Version (work in progress)

This certificate will be awarded to NRBA members who have completed the Level 3, Journeyman 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 3 (Checklist):

  • This list has not been detailed yet

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