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Introduction to the Forge

Course Overview

This course is designed as an introduction to the methods and language of the blacksmith; whether you’ve experimented with a forge in your backyard or never built a fire before, this course is for you. Students will learn by demonstration, then try out the techniques for themselves. The course will cover the following topics: safety in the shop, a brief history of forging, basic fuel types, fire building and tending, hammering techniques, and basic steel manipulation. Students will practice their new skills by producing small items such as hooks and fire pokers. Several books illustrated with design ideas and methodology will be available for reference. Materials fee includes the use of coal/gas for forgework as well as the cost of steel.


Fri, Jun 26th, 2020

Course Details

Length: 1 Day
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: N/A
Registration Cost: $115.00 *
* Early-Bird rate in effect until Fri, May 15th, 2020
Includes materials fee of $40.00

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

  • leather gloves
  • jeans
  • cotton shirts (no nylon clothing)
  • leather shoes
  • clothing comfortable to be outdoors

Optional Tools

  • preferred safety glasses and hearing protection (North House provides)
  • work apron

Feel free to bring your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course.

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.

Begin Registration

North House is now requesting full payment at time of registration. Payment plans are available upon request — don't hesitate to contact us at 218-387-9762 if you need to arrange one.

* Early-Bird rate in effect until Fri, May 15th, 2020
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Cancellation Policy

If North House must cancel a course, students will receive a full refund of any payments made for that course.

Students who cancel their enrollment more than 21 days prior to the course will receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee to cover administrative costs. In recognition of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for courses, students who cancel their enrollment 21 days or less prior to the course are not eligible for a refund.

Certain classes have different cancellation policies. When this is the case, it will be noted in the Course Overview on this page. Please be sure that you are familiar with your class's cancellation policy, and contact us if you have any questions.