Episode #86 -Toby Druce “Mid-life Career Change to Blacksmithing Part 2”

Toby Druce is making a mid-life career change to become a blacksmith.  He is from the Toronto area in Ontario Canada and has been a social worker with the City of Toronto for the past 29 years.  He has decided to change career paths and learn to become a blacksmith by attending the Fleming College Blacksmith Program over the next 15 weeks. Toby and l are doing a 4-part podcast series and this is the 2nd interview, Toby is now 5 weeks into his program.

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What We Talked About

  • With five weeks into his blacksmith program, he has obtained an A+ in Drawing and forged some tools; a hot chisel, hardy hot cut, punch, drift, and center punch.
  • He just successfully completed his first forge weld a few days ago for a pair of tongs.
  • There are 15 students in the class with an age range from 17 to 57 years old.
  • Each student has to come up with a design of a final project and forge it by the end of the program, Toby’s is going to be a table and table top and it will be his rendition of a compass rose.
  • Along with the final project, each student will also have to show 8 different completed projects. Toby plans to make a set of repousse tools, a demo of repousse, kitchen utensils, a set of garden tools, and more chisels.
  • Toby is already looking to reach out to a few Toronto blacksmith businesses for an apprenticeship.

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