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Blacksmithing & Toolmaking

Blacksmithing: Women & Non-Binary Session

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Course Overview

This three-day class is an introduction to forging taught by a female-identifying smith as an opportunity to provide a safe space for female-identifying people to try their hand at blacksmithing. If you have little to no experience working with steel and fire this is the perfect class for you. Discover that blacksmithing isn’t only about brute strength but also requires desire, patience, and finesse. This three-day workshop will provide an overview of the blacksmithing tradition covering primary tools, safety precautions, creative prospects, and most significantly, hands-on exercises. Participants will be taught how to light and manage a coal forge and will be introduced to some of the fundamental techniques of blacksmithing, including tapering, twisting, shouldering, punching, scrolling, riveting, and finishing. Students will leave with multiple projects. Students ages 14 and up are welcome to participate.

Required Tools

  • Closed-toed shoes 
  • Hair tie for long hair 
  • All cotton clothing 

Optional Tools

  • Any personal hand tools 
  • PPE (gloves, eye/ear protection)
     

Dates

Fri, May 12th, 2023  –  Sun, May 14th, 2023

Course Details

Hours: 9am-5pm each day
Tuition: $270.00
Materials fee: $95.00

Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Elizabeth Belz
Elizabeth Belz
Memphis, TN

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Blacksmithing: Women & Non-Binary Session