Dave ( gray shirt) was the instructor and Steve (blue shirt) was his assistant.
Dave explained the process in general. . .
And demonstrated making a leaf . . .
. . .
It was fascinating to see a piece of steel become so malleable
These guys were so accommodating.
Next Steve made a cross.
Blacksmithing is really popular at J.C. Campbell. I suspect that the classes fill quickly. It's loud, hot, dirty, physical work -- pretty much the complete opposite from writing -- probably why we so enjoyed watching the men at work.
Notice the beam ends carved in anvil shapes.