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Blacksmithing: Crafting The Tools of the Trade

Outfit your own blacksmithing tool chest while developing and refining your skills on the forge. In this course, you will create the set of tools needed to become a backyard blacksmith, while simultaneously learning the basics of blacksmithing. Initial tool projects will include tongs and fire-tending tools. Heat treatment, forging,…
Mon, Sep 9th, 2019  –  Wed, Sep 11th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Cody Myers
4 Days
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Blacksmithing: The Basics & Beyond

Always wanted to try your hand at the forge? This is the place to start and to continue developing your blacksmithing skills. You will be introduced to the basic skills of the blacksmith, including safety, fire control, tools, and equipment in both a classroom and "on the forge" setting. Student…
Wed, Sep 4th, 2019  –  Sat, Sep 7th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Cody Myers
4 Days
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Crafting the Throwing Axe

Popularized today by many historical reenactors of the fur trade era, the throwing axe is a weapon that is deeply embedded in North American history. Akin to the hatchet, it offers the ability to split and chop wood but is also designed to be used as a hand-to-hand or throwing…
Thu, Oct 3rd, 2019  –  Sun, Oct 6th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Cody Myers
5 Days
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Damascus Rings: Jewelry from the Blacksmith Shop

Combining blacksmithing and jewelry-making, this course offers an opportunity for beginning and advanced students to develop their skills as they forge and craft a Damascus ring with a silver liner. Students will begin by forging a piece of damascus steel, a particularly beautiful and ornamental steel filled with folds and…
Wed, Jul 24th, 2019  –  Sun, Jul 28th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Robert Burns
6 Days
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Damascus Steel Blade Forging

Highly prized for centuries for its uncanny strength, ability to hold an edge, and distinctively beautiful swirling and flowing patterns, Damascus steel is art—forge welding at its finest—as you combine different types of steel, forge them through fire, and hammer into one solid billet. Like a baker uses kneading and…
Mon, Aug 12th, 2019  –  Sat, Aug 17th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Cody Myers
Tue, Oct 8th, 2019  –  Sun, Oct 13th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Cody Myers
4 Days
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Decorative Ironwork Intensive

From fireplace tools to shelf brackets and kitchen racks, decorative ironwork can highlight any part of the Northern home. This course will enable beginner and intermediate blacksmiths to work alongside master blacksmith, Michael Jones, to design and build their own unique piece of ironwork. The course will start with a…
Thu, Sep 26th, 2019  –  Sun, Sep 29th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Michael Jones
1 Day
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Families at the Forge

The North House Blacksmith Shop excites the curiosity of adults and kids alike, as hammers pound, sparks fly, and red-hot metal becomes a fire poker, hook, or other tool right before their eyes. Try your hand at the forge in this family class, as kids and adults work together to…
Sat, Aug 10th, 2019
9am-3pm
Instructor: Cody Myers
Fri, Oct 18th, 2019
9am-3pm
Instructor: Cody Myers
Sat, Oct 19th, 2019
9am-3pm
Instructor: Cody Myers
4 Days
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Forge an Axe

Learn to forge the quintessential tool of the North woods. This tool packs big results in a little package: the size of this axe lends itself to be easily portaged yet has enough weight to handle any camp chore. This axe will be constructed out of a single solid piece…
Mon, Aug 19th, 2019  –  Thu, Aug 22nd, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Cody Myers
3 Days
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Forging Everyday Items of the Viking Age

Learn blacksmithing through making several small household items from the Viking age. This class will utilize traditional hand-forging techniques to produce everyday iron items typical of those found in the archeological record from 9th century Sweden. Over the course of three days, students will forge a cloak pin, a firesteel,…
Fri, Aug 2nd, 2019  –  Sun, Aug 4th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Doug Swenson
3 Days
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Forging the Long-Handled Viking Age Noisemaker

Explore one of the mysteries of yore: the Viking Age noisemaker. Originals have been found in Viking burials across northern Europe and several of these are currently on display in the Swedish History Museum in Stockholm. What was the exact original purpose for these artifacts? Some experts suggest that a…
Fri, Aug 30th, 2019  –  Sun, Sep 1st, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Doug Swenson
1 Day
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Tools for Chairmaking: Make a Compass Plane or Travisher

In chairmaking, the travisher and compass plane make wonderful assistants for excavating, carving and shaping concave surfaces. The travisher is like a curved spokeshave that can hog or make nuanced cuts. The compass plane is like a scrub plane with a curved sole, fantastic for hogging seats and a great…
Mon, Sep 16th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: David Abeel
4 Days
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Viking-Era Smelting: A Contemporary Approach to Iron-Age Technology

We’re no stranger to taking materials back to the source: woodworking courses regularly head out to harvest birch; basket makers can be spotted in local ditches cutting willow, sweetgrass and cattail; and we even have the occasional sheep on campus for the fiber folk. But taking metalwork straight to the…
Mon, Sep 16th, 2019  –  Thu, Sep 19th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Wayne Potratz
3 Days
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Women's Blacksmithing

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…
Sat, Sep 21st, 2019  –  Sun, Sep 22nd, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Carla Hall