Learn the basic techniques and tools of blacksmithing in this intensive project-based class for women taught by a professional woman blacksmith. Students will explore the aspects of using fire as a tool, and will practice techniques such as tapering, spreading, twisting, punching, upsetting, shouldering, splitting and dishing. Students will leave with multiple small projects and a deeper understanding of metallurgy and using a hammer and anvil to change the shape of steel. The projects in this curriculum include a wrist cuff, hook, letter opener, spoon, fork, basic leaf and bottle opener. Depending on interest and time, students may complete some or all of these. There will also be an opportunity to practice techniques in self-guided projects on the last day of the class. Note, this class is only open to people who identify as women. This course will not cover bladesmithing or heat-treating.
Includes materials fee of $195.00
You will need the following tools for this class:
- Students are required to wear eye and ear protection. The school provides these but you may wish to bring your own to ensure the best fit and comfort.
- Short leather gloves; driving gloves that fit are reccommended.
- Students should wear natural fibers-- cotton or wool, long pants and closed-toed shoes. Leather is best.
- Water bottle: it's important to stay hydrated!
Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call the front office if you have not received it within 24 hours.