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 the use of 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 also will be an opportunity to practice techniques in self-guided projects on the last day of the class. This course will not cover bladesmithing or heat-treating. Note: this class is open only to those who identify as women.
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.
- 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!
Feel free to bring your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course.
- Dust masks or respirators. We won’t be doing significant grinding, but if people have sensitive lungs or asthma, they may want to consider wearing a mask during the surface finishing.
Short leather gloves; driving gloves that fit are reccommended.
Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.