The trade of blacksmithing is one of the most misrepresented and least understood of the ancient crafts. This introduction to basic blacksmithing will expose you to the fundamental skills needed to successfully transform plain iron into objects that are both useful and attractive.
We will tackle some small projects that will give you a taste of the skills used in more complex projects. Small Hooks, letter openers, leaves are just a few of the projects you will try your hand at.
This is NOT a class on knife or sword making as these items require considerable experience to accomplish with a degree of satisfaction – but remember- we all have to start somewhere!!
The methods Chip uses here are based on many years of smithing and teaching to others both in his own shop and at numerous other venues including Mystic Seaport Museum, North Stonington Fair, Lebanon Country Fair, Brooklyn Fair, Historic Jordan Village, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Erie Maritime Museum, and numerous others. Class participants have ranged from as young as 10 year olds to octogenarians.
All tools and materials are provided. Please wear fully enclosed shoes- No sandals!
The only thing you need to bring is the willingness to try a new experience and to have a good time.
Don’t miss this great opportunity to begin to incorporate some iron work into your woodworking journey!
Tuition: $385.00 plus materials ($49.00 plus tax)