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Blacksmith Starter

For those keen to take up blacksmithing as a hobby, this class is a quite intensive.
You will forge your own hammer and pair of tongs, the essentials of the craft. This class is definitely a challenge, but a great start to exploring blacksmithing. PPE provided, please wear non-flammable clothing, long pants and sturdy footwear.  Please bring a bag lunch with you.
No experience necessary Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
·         display an understanding of the development of blacksmithing as a craft
·         identify basic blacksmith tools and their uses
·         identify appropriate materials for specific projects
·         identify the safety measures required for controlled hand forging
·         learn to work as a ‘smith and striker’ forging team
·         describe the blacksmithing techniques required to forge tooling
      ·         utilize the blacksmithing techniques required to forge and heat treat basic tooling
·         create a small object for personal use using proper blacksmithing techniques.

2018F TTCE 222G 002 • Dec 22 - Dec 23 (2 sessions) • Jake James
  • $560+GST

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2019W TTCE 222G 001 • Jan 5 - Jan 6 (2 sessions) • Jake James
  • Sat Sun • 9:30am-4:30pm • Off campus
  • $560+GST

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2019W TTCE 222G 002 • Mar 2 - Mar 3 (2 sessions) • Jake James
  • Sat Sun • 9:30am-4:30pm • Off campus
  • $560+GST

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2019S TTCE 222G 001 • Jun 1 - Jun 2 (2 sessions) • Jake James
  • Sat Sun • 9:30am-4:30pm • Off campus
  • $560+GST

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Blacksmith Toolmaking

This program is designed for those looking to get into a new hobby. The four classes will cover the basics of forging technique and tool use.  Students will make a punch and a pair of blacksmiths tongs.         Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
·         display an understanding of the development of blacksmithing as a craft
·         identify appropriate materials for specific projects
·         identify the safety measures required for set-up and maintenance of blacksmithing equipment.
·         learn to work as a ‘smith and striker’ forging team
 

2018F TTCE 224G 001 • Nov 17 - Feb 16 (4 sessions) Cancelled

2019W TTCE 224G 001 • Jan 19 - May 18 (4 sessions) • Jake James
  • Sat • 2:30pm-4:30pm • Off campus
  • Sat • 2:30pm-4:30pm • Off campus
  • Sat • 2:30pm-4:30pm • Off campus
  • Sat • 2:30pm-4:30pm • Off campus
  • $320+GST

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Blacksmith: Hanging Basket Bracket

In this session, participants will hammer out a more complex project. We will be covering a broad range of blacksmithing techniques as you forge and assemble a bracket for a hanging basket. This will involve basic forging techniques and begin to look at joinery methods that can be utilized by the blacksmith. PPE provided, please wear non-flammable clothing, long pants and sturdy footwear.
No experience necessary Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
·         display an understanding of the development of blacksmithing as a craft
·         identify appropriate materials for specific projects
·         identify the safety measures required for set-up and maintenance of blacksmithing  equipment.
·         learn to work as a ‘smith and striker’ forging team
      ·         describe the blacksmithing techniques requires to form decorative elements
      ·         describe joinery techniques available to the blacksmith   
·         create a bracket from multiple pieces for personal use, using proper blacksmithing techniques.

2019W TTCE 223G 001 • Jan 12 (1 session) • Jake James
  • Sat • 9:30am-1:30pm • Off campus
  • $280+GST

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2019W TTCE 223G 002 • Mar 9 (1 session) • Jake James
  • Sat • 9:30am-1:30pm • Off campus
  • $280+GST

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2019S TTCE 223G 001 • Jun 15 (1 session) • Jake James
  • Sat • 9:30am-1:30pm • Off campus
  • $280+GST

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Blacksmithing - Sculptural

This will be a four day project and will introduce participants to the principals of designing for forged metals and cover a range of blacksmithing techniques.
The project will be a freestanding sculptural piece based on plant form.  Participants will begin following a design produced by myself, but with room to develop creative elements of their own, and so personalize the piece. Given the technical nature of controlling forged metal this will create a good balance between learned skills and creative expectations.
Techniques and tooling will all be driven towards the ‘backyard blacksmith’ to show what can be achieved just by hand and with minimal specialist equipment.
Personal protective equipment provided, please wear non-flammable clothing, long pants and sturdy footwear.
No experience necessary
 

2018F TTCE 221G 001 • Oct 20 - Jan 19 (4 sessions) Cancelled

2019S TTCE 221G 001 • May 25 - Aug 24 (4 sessions) • Jake James
  • Sat • 9:30am-1:30pm • Off campus
  • Sat • 9:30am-1:30pm • Off campus
  • Sat • 9:30am-1:30pm • Off campus
  • Sat • 9:30am-1:30pm • Off campus
  • $645+GST

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Bear & Cougar Awareness

With the increase of industrial activity in the back country and increased recreational use in wildlife habitat, bear and cougars are becoming more habituated to humans. This workshop will be of benefit to anyone required to work in the outdoors and to outdoor enthusiasts who may have wildlife encounters.

Join Ken Maxwell, a retired Conservation Officer, as he shares his extensive expertise in problem wildlife control and law enforcement. Topics include: identifying bear species; recognizing cougar and bear habitat; how to recognize and understand the difference between defensive and predatory behaviours; what you can do to avoid dangerous situations, and what to do if you find yourself stalked or attacked.

Bring your questions, and learn more about how you can minimize your risks of becoming prey or causing needless death of wildlife. Participants receive a Confirmation of Completion of training as required by many employers in outdoor industries.  

2019W TTCE 422V 001 • Mar 21 (1 session) • Kenneth Maxwell
  • Thur • 6:30pm-8:30pm • Interurban
  • $20

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2019W TTCE 422V 002 • Apr 23 (1 session) • Kenneth Maxwell
  • Tues • 6:30pm-8:30pm • Interurban
  • $20

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Blacksmith Intro: Throwing Axe New

Learn to use simple blacksmithing techniques at Jake James' forge in Metchosin. This is a great introduction to the ancient art of blacksmithing. Personal protective equipment will be provided, but please wear non-flammable clothing, long pants and sturdy footwear. No experience necessary

2018F TTCE 220G 002 • Dec 8 (1 session) • Jake James
  • Sat • 9:30am-1:30pm • Off campus
  • $160+GST

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The location is in Methosin and is not easily accessible by public transit. Address will be emailed to you a week before the course.

2019W TTCE 220G 003 • Jan 19 (1 session) • Jake James
  • Sat • 9:30am-1:30pm • Off campus
  • $160+GST

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The location is in Methosin and is not easily accessible by public transit. Address will be emailed to you a week before the course.

2019W TTCE 220G 001 • Feb 9 (1 session) • Jake James
  • Sat • 9:30am-1:30pm • Off campus
  • $160+GST

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The location is in Methosin and is not easily accessible by public transit. Address will be emailed to you a week before the course.

2019W TTCE 220G 002 • Mar 16 (1 session) • Jake James
  • Sat • 9:30am-1:30pm • Off campus
  • $160+GST

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The location is in Methosin and is not easily accessible by public transit. Address will be emailed to you a week before the course.

2019S TTCE 220G 001 • Jun 29 (1 session) • Jake James
  • Sat • 2:30pm-6:30pm • Off campus
  • $160+GST

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The location is in Methosin and is not easily accessible by public transit. Address will be emailed to you a week before the course.

2019S TTCE 220G 002 • Aug 24 (1 session) • Jake James
  • Sat • 2:30pm-6:30pm • Off campus
  • $160+GST

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The location is in Methosin and is not easily accessible by public transit. Address will be emailed to you a week before the course.


CORE Hunter Education Program New

Successful completion of the Conservation an dOutdoor Recreation Education (CORE) exams is required in order for BC residents to apply for a Fish & Wildlife ID and to purchase Hunting Licenses. This two-day course covers all relevant topics, including: Conservation & Ethics; Laws & Regulations; Outdoor Safety & First aid; Animal & Bird Identification; Firearms Safety.  It also includes the required exams. Note:  This course DOES NOT include the training required for a Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL). In order to be eligible to apply for a PAL, you must successfully complete the Canadian Firearms Safety course (TTCE 426V) All participants must bring a government-issued photo ID to class.  this course is open to all participants aged 14 years and older (participants under the age of 18 must be accmpanied by a responsible adult).  Please do not bring any firearms or ammunition. Please pack a bag lunch as campus meal services are limited on weekends.

2019W TTCE 428V 001 • Mar 23 - Mar 24 (2 sessions) • Instinct
  • Sat Sun • 9:00am-5:00pm • Interurban
  • $195

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2019S TTCE 428V 001 • Jun 22 - Jun 23 (2 sessions) • Instinct
  • Sat Sun • 9:00am-5:00pm • Interurban
  • $195

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2018S TTCE 428V 002 • Aug 17 - Aug 18 (2 sessions) • Instinct
  • Sat Sun • 9:00am-5:00pm • Interurban
  • $195

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2019F TTCE 428V 001 • Sep 14 - Sep 15 (2 sessions) • Instinct
  • Sat Sun • 9:00am-5:00pm • Interurban
  • $195

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Canadian Firearms Safety Course (PAL & RPAL)

Successful completion of the Canadian Firearms Safety course is required in order to apply for a Possession & Acquisition License (PAL).  This course combines both non-restricted and restricted elements into one efficient, easy course, and it includes safe handling practices of all common firearms to meet the mandatory requirements of section 7 of the Firearms Act. This two-day course covers all required topics including: Firearms Evolution, Terminology, Action Types; Firearms Safety Rules & Practices; Ammunition; Safe Firearms Operation, Loading, Unloading & Handling; Laws & Regulations.  It also includes the required tests. All participants must bring a government-issued photo ID to class.  This course is open to all participants aged 14 years and older (participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult).  Please note that only participants over the age pf 18 will be eligible to sit the restricted exams.  Please do not bring any firearms or ammunitiion.  Please pack a bag lunch as campus meal services are limited on weekends.
 

2018F TTCE 426V 001 • Dec 1 - Dec 2 (2 sessions) • Instinct
  • Sat Sun • 9:00am-5:00pm • Interurban
  • $195

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2019W TTCE 426V 001 • Feb 16 - Feb 17 (2 sessions) • Instinct
  • Sat Sun • 9:00am-5:00pm • Interurban
  • $195

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2019W TTCE 426V 002 • Mar 30 - Mar 31 (2 sessions) • Instinct
  • Sat Sun • 9:00am-5:00pm • Interurban
  • $195

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2019S TTCE 426V 001 • May 4 - May 5 (2 sessions) • Instinct
  • Sat Sun • 9:00am-5:00pm • Interurban
  • $195

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2019S TTCE 426V 002 • Jun 1 - Jun 2 (2 sessions) • Instinct
  • Sat Sun • 9:00am-5:00pm • Interurban
  • $195

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2019S TTCE 426V 003 • Jul 6 - Jul 7 (2 sessions) • Instinct
  • Sat Sun • 9:00am-5:00pm • Interurban
  • $195

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2019S TTCE 426V 004 • Aug 10 - Aug 11 (2 sessions) • Instinct
  • Sat Sun • 9:00am-5:00pm • Interurban
  • $195

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2019F TTCE 426V 001 • Sep 7 - Sep 8 (2 sessions) • Instinct
  • Sat Sun • 9:00am-5:00pm • Interurban
  • $195

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2019F TTCE 426V 002 • Oct 5 - Oct 6 (2 sessions) • Instinct
  • Sat Sun • 9:00am-5:00pm • Interurban
  • $195

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2019F TTCE 426V 003 • Nov 2 - Nov 3 (2 sessions) • Instinct
  • Sat Sun • 9:00am-5:00pm • Interurban
  • $195

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Canadian Firearms Safety (PAL & RPAL) - FOR WOMEN ONLY New

This class has been added by popular demand.
Successful completion of the Canadian Firearms Safety course is required in order to apply for a Possession & Acquisition License (PAL).  This course combines both non-restricted and restricted elements into one efficient, easy course, and it includes safe handling practices of all common firearms to meet the mandatory requirements of section 7 of the Firearms Act. This two-day course covers all required topics including: Firearms Evolution, Terminology, Action Types; Firearms Safety Rules & Practices; Ammunition; Safe Firearms Operation, Loading, Unloading & Handling; Laws & Regulations.  It also includes the required tests. All participants must bring a government-issued photo ID to class.  This course is open to all participants aged 14 years and older (participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult).  Please note that only participants over the age pf 18 will be eligible to sit the restricted exams.  Please do not bring any firearms or ammunitiion.  Please pack a bag lunch as campus meal services are limited on weekends.
 

2019S TTCE 421V 001 • May 25 - May 26 (2 sessions) • Instinct
  • Sat Sun • 9:00am-5:00pm • Interurban
  • $195

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Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety (CRFSC) New

The Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC) is required for individuals applying for a Restricted Possession and Acquisition License (RPAL). Topics include: the evolution of firearms, major parts, type and actions; basic firearms safety practices; ammunition; operating handgun actions; firing techniques; care of restricted firearms; responsibilities of the firearms owner/user; and safe storage, display, transportation and handling of restricted firearms. All equipment provided, do not bring personal firearms or ammunition. Prerequisite: Prior completion of the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC, TTCE 426V) or have a valid PAL.  Participants must be 18+ years.  Bring a government-issued photo ID to show instructor.

Sorry, this course is not offered at this time.

Fly Fishing – Introduction

Join professional fly fishing guide and casting instructor Ian Muirhead to explore the fascinating art and science of fly fishing. You will learn the basic principles of casting and gain an understanding of the fly selection, entomology, knots and equipment needed to be a successful fly fisher. Proven selective strategies for catching trout and salmon in the lakes, rivers and on the beaches of Vancouver Island will also be included. Equipment will be supplied.

2019W ASCE 663G 001 • Apr 27 (1 session) • Ian Muirhead
  • Sat • 9:00am-4:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $129+GST

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Gardening and Nature

Pruning and Maintenance of Trees

Trees are the most significant plants in the urban landscape.  Trees, old and young require special attention to ensure long life, good looks and structural soundness in order to minimize hazard to people and property.  A well-positioned and maintained tree adds measurable aesthetic, environmental and monetary value to a property over many years.  Join ISA certified veteran arborist and instructor Ron Carter and learn how to properly plant, train, prune and maintain the most common varieties of trees and shrubs.  Topics include planting, staking, training and pruning techniques.  Course runs for two evening sessions followed by a Saturday field trip for hands-on practice and observation.

2019W TTCE 535G 001 • Mar 19 - Mar 23 (3 sessions) • Ronald Carter Chris Hyde-lay
  • Tues Thur • 6:30pm-9:30pm • Interurban
  • Sat • 9:00am-4:00pm • Off campus
  • $125+GST

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