Students interested in blacksmithing will gain a working knowledge of the fundamentals in this intense yet enjoyable hands-on workshop. Whether you're an absolute novice or an experienced enthusiast, you will be challenged by this 2-day intensive of all of the basic principles of moving hot steel with a hammer.
The Advanced Blacksmithing workshop guides you through a series of technically progressive exercises in the techniques of hammering, bending, tapering, twisting, riveting, and scrolling. Special emphasis will be placed on gaining a solid foundation of hammer technique. Get familiar with the blacksmith's tools (chisels, punches, bending forks, and of course hammer and anvil) as you produce a variety of decorative elements including finials, twists, leaves and scrolls. Discussions will include design and function as well as the tools of the blacksmith shop. We will also explore basic metallurgy.
You will sweat and you will get dirty. Please dress appropriately. Long pants and nonflammable clothing and closed-toe shoes are required. Safety glasses, gloves, and earplugs will be provided. Class sessions are from 9 AM to 4 PM with a mid-day lunch break. You can pack a meal, or we will pick up a local deli order for you.
$320 includes materials and instruction in a well-tooled studio
Jon Ledford is Head Blacksmith and instructor at CMA/FAM. Read his profile on our About Us page.
*Or to register by mail: Send deposit with the name of the workshop and your contact information--name, address, phone number and email address to: Center for Metal Arts, PO Box 30, Chester, NY 10918
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