Experience the journey of learning blacksmithing basics. Discover how to build and manage a coal fire and how to use that heat to create several useful and decorative items, all while practicing seven of the basic blacksmithing processes. Choose from a variety of projects or bring your own ideas. All levels welcome.
Ring in the season with the hearty sound of the anvil as you learn basic blacksmithing skills and create wonderful holiday presents. Project choices will build your skills throughout the week as you sample a variety of forging techniques. Make items for gift giving or decorating including wall hooks, towel bars, bells, a candle stand, and ornaments. This class is designed especially for beginners, but students of all levels are welcome.
Come get a handle on forging tools for your use and enjoyment. Discover what goes into tool design and learn to apply skills like heat treating, punching and drifting, and hafting to create customized tools and hammers. Intermediate students and up welcome; come prepared for a week of hard work and great reward. Note: materials fee may exceed $100.
Ready yourself for Ragnarök! Learn to forge a traditional Viking spear worthy of any einherjar. First, take a deep dive into various construction methods of spears and socketed implements. Then, spend the rest of the week creating a single, more ornate, pattern-welded spear that incorporates ancient techniques. Some prior blacksmithing experience is required. Note: materials fee may exceed $100.
Learn to forge a variety of animal heads and use them to decorate key fobs, door knockers, fire-tool handles, and more. Begin by forging the necessary tools, then use those tools to create horse heads, bulldogs, dragons, and other designs as time permits. Basic blacksmithing skills such as tapering, upsetting, punching, and maintaining a coal fire are required.
Come discover all the winding twists and curves of beginning snakesmithing—er, blacksmithing. Start by learning to light and maintain a fire, then learn everything you need to know about basic forging. Try bending, twisting, making and using chisels and punches, and more to create basic projects—all with a sssssnakey touch.
Discover the versality of the treadle hammer. Using a treadle hammer eliminates the need for a striker. Learn how to use this tool to achieve heavy punching, drifting, and slitting, as well as light chisel processes for lining and veining, chasing, and repoussé. Use your new knowledge of treadle hammer processes and tooling to make several small projects including a basic set of chisels and shaping tools. All levels welcome.
Whether you are a blacksmith wanting to expand your tool-making knowledge, or a craftsperson yearning for the skills to make the tools of your trade, this is the class for you. Explore making tools for various needs, including those of the stonemason, mechanic, woodworker, or farmer. Intermediate students and above welcome.
Create a rose from a pre-cut steel pattern. Receive instruction on texturing, welding, minor forging, and assembly, and watch your rose bloom from the pieces. Time permitting, add adornment to the stem and leaves. All levels welcome.
Skilled blacksmiths able to forge weld will build a round occasional table using traditional joinery techniques as taught by Francis Whitaker. This project has forge welds, upsets, slit and drifted holes, lap joints, collars, simple scrolls, tenons, a tapered ring, and rivets. Advanced students may propose their own project by emailing the instructors an idea and scale drawing three months prior to class. This advanced-level class is limited to experienced smiths with forge welding skills.
Learn how to make your own tools! Forge, grind, and heat-treat high-carbon steel and focus on making basic hand tools such as cutters, punches, and drifts. The same techniques that get you started in blacksmithing will set you up for advanced projects and long-term success. Return home with several new tools and the knowledge to continue making more on your own. Beginners welcome.
Engage in a diverse range of blacksmithing techniques and learn how metal moves. This two-part class begins by making decorative items to develop hammer control and fire maintenance skills. Part one prepares you for the second half of the week: hand-forged knives! Create a custom knife, from forging and heat-treating the blade to incorporating steel, nonferrous metals, and wood or antler for the handle. Appropriate for beginning and intermediate smiths. Note: materials fee may exceed $100.
Start with the basics, from tapering and splitting to punching and scrolling, then concentrate on refining those techniques. Learn better ways to upset material, try a wild collage of twists, and more. Gain valuable information about full-time blacksmithing, including tips on modern processes. Beginning to intermediate smiths welcome: bring a project idea at or just above your current skill level and work on it in the shop
Forge a fully functional axe, complete with handle, during this action-packed week. Learn the foundational blacksmithing skills necessary to create a variety of axe styles (from the Viking era to early American tomahawks and axes) including design, hammer control, forge welding, heat treating, and more. Leave the week a sharper smith with an awesome axe. All levels welcome.
Discover the magic of moving hot metal as you make simple projects for your home and garden. Learn basic blacksmithing skills—everything from fire maintenance and hammer control to essential techniques—with ample time to explore, practice, and play. Individualized instruction will help you feel strong, confident, and comfortable in the shop. All levels welcome..
Improve your blacksmithing skills by applying fundamental forging techniques to a variety of alloy steels. Learn alloy selection, heat treatment, the use of gas and coal forges, and hand and power hammer techniques to create blacksmith tools. Then, craft a variety of forged items, as time permits. Best suited for intermediate blacksmiths wanting to refine and advance their skills.
Get a thorough overview of basic forging techniques—tapers, upsets, half-on/half-off blows, and slitting and drifting—as well as fire building and management. Work on hooks, brackets, and simple tooling. Students will gain comfort in their forging ability, particularly with multiple-piece projects. Beginners welcome.
In blacksmithing, wits are as or more important than strength. Learn how real blacksmiths outsmart the metal they work with during this beginner-friendly class. Practice everything from fire maintenance to hand hammer techniques and anvil etiquette. Solid technique and good design are the stones along the path to mastering this trade, one hammer’s blow at a time.
Join us for an exciting week of forging as we explore ladles, serving and cooking spoons, spatulas, and other various functional kitchenware items. Students will learn to manipulate materials including stainless steel and copper while developing beautiful items for use in their own kitchens or for gifts. Best suited to intermediate or advanced-beginner blacksmiths.
Learn how to forge, grind, and heat treat a German medieval-style sword blade and finish it with a complex guard. Create some specialized tooling as needed, then shift your attention to creating tubular rivets, handle scales, and a pommel. Finally, fit up the handle, sharpen the blades, and try out your new sword. Intermediate and advanced smiths welcome.
Damascus steel is notable for its patterned surface design, strength, and flexibility. Learn multiple processes to make different types and patterns of Damascus steel throughout the week. Start with simple Damascus and progress each day to more complex types such as mosaic and canister, with the goal of finishing a billet each day. Time permitting, students may create blades using the material they have created. Intermediate and advanced smiths welcome.
Learn to forge a style of throwing axe deeply rooted in American history. Utilize key blacksmithing fundamentals including forge welding, to forge, grind, and temper fully functional tomahawks. We’ll also cover fire maintenance and management during this weekend of fiery fun. Intermediate students welcome.
Learn to forge essential woodworking tools including chisels, drawknives, a small carving knife, and a carving axe, if time permits. Learn to heat treat your tools for maximum strength and attach handles to each for utility and style. Prior forging experience is required.
Use fundamental blacksmithing techniques to create a custom set of fireplace tools and experience the design, layout, and forging process from start to finish. Learn tapering, bending, spreading, riveting, forge welding, and more as you make a set of your own design, or one based on provided examples. Leave with your desired combination of shovel, rake, poker, or brush, as well as a stand or wall hanger. All levels welcome.
Learn how to make and use simple tooling for the power hammer. Gain an introduction to basic safety and operating principles, then use these new skills to build a small furniture item. Some forging experience and basic fire maintenance skills required.
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