Would you like to learn a unique and fascinating skill? Would you like to do something truly useful and worthwhile? Do you enjoy working with your hands and mind? Would you like to be a blacksmith? If so, I suggest you try one of our introductory classes. For those drawn to creativity, form and grace we offer monthly Introduction to Blacksmithing classes. Alternatively, or as a follow-on class, we offer many advanced blacksmithing classes that provide a practical foundation for more advanced forging.
Students have the benefit of working in the instructor’s excellently equipped blacksmith shop. Each individual will have their own complete forging station complete with hammers, tongs, anvil, vise, forge, swages and all materials. Each process is thoroughly discussed, carefully demonstrated, and then completed by each student. Personal guidance is given to each student to insure understanding, proper technique and safety.
WHAT TO BRING
Students are encouraged to bring their own safety glasses, ear protection and cotton or leather gloves. Cotton work clothes ( blue jeans, tee shirt, sweat shirt, baseball hat) and leather work boots are required. Coffee and water are provided but you should bring your own lunch and liquid. Cameras and notepads are welcome. Most importantly, bring a heaping portion of enthusiasm, passion and be ready for a great time!!
All classes last one day. Group classes are scheduled on Saturdays, 8:00 AM–5:00 PM and cost $200 each. All classes are also offered on an individual basis and cost $400 each.
All class fees must be paid at least five (5) days prior to class date, and are non-refundable, unless prior arrangement has been made with the instructor.
Class sizes are strictly limited to six (6) students.
Students under eighteen (18) must be accompanied by an adult.
Introduction to Blacksmithing
Working hot iron successfully requires that the smith understands how to design, make and use blacksmithing tools. Being able to custom make your own tools encompasses the very essence of being a blacksmith. The purpose of this class is to present the fundamentals of tool design, function, heat, force, tooling and iron. Using this knowledge, each student will design and forge their own shepherd's knife and basic tools. This introductory class provides a solid smithing foundation and is required for follow on group and private classes.
Blacksmith Tong Making
Securely holding and controlling a hot work piece is the primary purpose of blacksmith tongs. This class will show students how to improve the tong jaws, joint and reins design, forging, assembly and fit. Flat jaw, box, flat bar, pick-up and other tong types will be addressed. Discussions include tong handling, size, material, forging style, and history. Students will take away their own custom designed and forged tongs incorporating the information learned.