COVID 19 SAFETY.
Black Horse Forge
We are excited to start re-opening the forge! We will do this slowly to ensure we meet the requirements laid out by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Virginia Department of Health. For now, this requires—at a minimum—face masks, eye protection, face shield, and six feet of distance between people. We have laid out the specifics on forge set up, number of participants, and personal protective equipment (PPE) are given below.
We have moved around equipment so things will look and operate differently than before. We see this as a positive move. Participants will have more space to work and instructors will demonstrate and teach in a new way that may prove to be very efficient. We want your feedback on these changes so we can continue to improve.
There will be six participants and two instructors in the forge at a time. Students will have their own workstation for whatever skill is being taught: hammering, grinding, or fit and finish. The new shop setup and 6-foot distancing does not allow us to do all three at one time.
Open Forge Events and Classes
Open Forge events will occur in three-hour blocks several times a week during the day and evenings hours. Open Forge events will focus on one of the three blacksmithing skills (hammering, grinding, fit and finish) to maximize space and number of participants. Participants will sign up for a three-hour Open Forge slot on Eventbrite.
Classes will continue to be on the weekends but will be in four-hour blocks, again, to allow us to give more people time in the forge while keeping groups small. Class sign up will continue through Eventbrite
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Requirements
Black Horse Forge will provide each participant a heat-resistant face shield (protection for cloth face mask). Participants are responsible for bringing the following: Eye protection Face mask (homemade masks are fine) Heat resistant gloves Closed-toe shoes Cotton clothing
Use of PPE and Distancing
In the forge building: eye protection, face mask, heat-resistant face shield Outside forge building but inside open-air work area (designated by tree stumps): eye protection and face mask Anywhere on the property: face mask
If you need to remove your face mask, you must be at least 10 feet outside of the open-air work area and six feet away from any other person. Distancing requirements: six feet of distance will be maintained between all participants and instructors at all times.
It’s important to build a foundation in blacksmithing. Your commitment, along with your dedication, can take you anywhere.