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Blacksmithing & Toolmaking

Welcome to Blacksmithing!

Course Overview

The Blacksmith Shop at North House has a charisma that can’t be denied: the ring of the hammer and the roar of fire reels people in like a siren’s song. For those who have been drawn in but wondered if they might not have the stamina to stand at a forge all day in a hot and physically intense environment, we offer this introductory course. Longtime teacher Michael Jones will teach the basics of forging at a slow pace, taking breaks for exploration of the history of the craft, and simply relaxing and enjoying good conversation: all at the root of folk school learning. Students will choose from a variety of introductory projects, but the main emphasis here will be on getting comfortable with the tools of the trade, and exploring metalwork in a safe and supportive environment that's less physically taxing. This course is open to ages 16+. Youth ages 14-15 are welcome to participate with a full-paying adult. Youth registrants will receive a 25% intergenerational discount; call to inquire.

Required Tools

  • Safety glasses (provided, but you may wish to bring your own)
  • Ear protection (provided, but you may wish to bring your own)
  • Leather gloves
  • Jeans
  • Cotton shirts (no nylon clothing)
  • Leather shoes
  • Clothing comfortable to be outdoors


Currently Scheduled Sessions

Fri, May 10th, 2024  –  Sun, May 12th, 2024
9am-5pm each day
Instructor: Michael Jones
Fri, Sep 27th, 2024  –  Sun, Sep 29th, 2024
9am-5pm each day
Instructor: Michael Jones