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Introduction to the Forge

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…
Fri, Jun 26th, 2020
Instructor: Michael Jones
2 days
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Pole Lathe: Forge the Tools

In order to turn bowls on a foot-powered lathe efficiently one needs a well-made hook tool. These turning tools are not manufactured in North America and are therefore difficult to find. Most pole lathe bowl turners have to learn to make the tools themselves or find a blacksmith to help…
Wed, Nov 4th, 2020  –  Thu, Nov 5th, 2020
Instructor: Jarrod Dahl
3 Days
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Tool-Making for Woodworkers and Others

This course is an introduction to working with, and heat-treating, the common high-carbon steels used for edge tools. We will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of different steel types and put this knowledge into practice by creating several tools. We will analyze a number of different tools and compare their…
Fri, Jun 12th, 2020  –  Sun, Jun 14th, 2020
Instructor: Paul Linden
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 21st, 2020  –  Thu, Sep 24th, 2020
Instructor: Wayne Potratz
2 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, May 23rd, 2020  –  Sun, May 24th, 2020
Instructor: Carla Hall
Sat, Oct 24th, 2020  –  Sun, Oct 25th, 2020
Instructor: Carla Hall