Blacksmithing & Toolmaking
Blacksmithing: Women & Non-Binary Session
This three-day class is an introduction to forging taught by a female-identifying smith as an opportunity to provide a safe space for female-identifying and non-binary people to try their hand at blacksmithing. If you have little to no experience working with steel and fire, this is the perfect class for you. Discover that blacksmithing isn’t only about brute strength but also requires desire, patience, and finesse. This three-day workshop will provide an overview of the blacksmithing tradition covering primary tools, safety precautions, creative prospects, and most significantly, hands-on exercises. Participants will be taught how to light and manage a coal forge and will be introduced to some of the fundamental techniques of blacksmithing, including tapering, twisting, shouldering, punching, scrolling, riveting, and finishing. Students will leave with multiple projects. Students ages 14 and up are welcome to participate.
- Closed-toed shoes
- Hair tie for long hair
- All cotton clothing
- Any personal hand tools
- PPE (gloves, eye/ear protection)