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Currently Scheduled Blacksmithing & Toolmaking Courses

2 Days
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Basic Flintknapping

Have you ever wondered how our ancestors produced sharpened tools of stone like axe heads, knife blades, and arrow points? Learn how flintknapping evolved and how to identify appropriate base materials from which you can produce a variety of sharpened stone tools. This class will introduce the basic techniques of…
Sat, Jul 22nd, 2017  –  Sun, Jul 23rd, 2017
Instructor: Robert Keiper
3 Days
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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,…
Sat, Apr 29th, 2017  –  Mon, May 1st, 2017
Instructor: Cody Myers
Tue, Jun 13th, 2017  –  Thu, Jun 15th, 2017
Instructor: Cody Myers
1 Day
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Blacksmithing: Optional Day

Extend your blacksmithing experience by adding an extra day in the shop. Work will continue on projects you've already started, or start something new.
Fri, Apr 28th, 2017
Instructor: Cody Myers
Mon, Jun 12th, 2017
Instructor: Cody Myers
Sun, Sep 10th, 2017
Instructor: Cody Myers
3 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 continue to develop 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…
Tue, Apr 25th, 2017  –  Thu, Apr 27th, 2017
Instructor: Cody Myers
Fri, Jun 9th, 2017  –  Sun, Jun 11th, 2017
Instructor: Cody Myers
Thu, Sep 7th, 2017  –  Sat, Sep 9th, 2017
Instructor: Cody Myers
3 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…
Mon, Aug 7th, 2017  –  Thu, Aug 10th, 2017
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 students of any interest to develop their skills as they forge and craft a Damascus ring with a silver liner. Students will begin by forging a piece Damascus steel, a particularly beautiful and ornamental steel filled with folds and…
Wed, Aug 2nd, 2017  –  Sun, Aug 6th, 2017
Instructor: Robert Burns
6 days
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Damascus Steel Tutorial

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…
Tue, May 16th, 2017  –  Sun, May 21st, 2017
Instructor: Cody Myers
3 days
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From Bloom to Bar: Turning Raw Iron and Steel into Usable Steel

This course is intended is an extension of the Viking-Era Smelting course. Take your raw bloom the next step and make it into useable steel. Students will learn how to consolidate the bloom, fold it and forge weld it until it becomes a useable high carbon steel bar from which…
Fri, Jul 28th, 2017  –  Sun, Jul 30th, 2017
Instructor: Robert Burns
3 Days
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Hand-Forged "Using" Knife

This class is just what the title suggests- making a knife that is meant to be used- in the garden or forest, for cooking or hunting. We will begin by hand-forging a blade of high-carbon steel, starting from round stock. With the blade forged to shape, we will do heat…
Mon, Jun 19th, 2017  –  Wed, Jun 21st, 2017
Instructor: Robert Schulz
5 Days
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Knifemaking: Crafting the Norwegian Tollekniv

Crafting the "tollekniv" (whittling knife) is a rich cultural tradition of Norway, kept alive by many Norwegian smiths and knifemakers today. Knifemaking explores three common craft traditions – metal work, leather work and wood work. Using Norwegian knifemaking techniques and shared characteristics amongst Norwegian knifemakers, learn to fit a hand-forged…
Wed, Aug 9th, 2017  –  Sun, Aug 13th, 2017
Instructor: Gene Tokheim
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, Jul 24th, 2017  –  Thu, Jul 27th, 2017
Instructor: Wayne Potratz