in Kanab, UT
March 15 - May 15
in Silverton, CO
June - August
Looking for something fun and totally unique to do while visiting Southern Utah? Come experience one of the oldest crafts known to man; shaping hot iron. Blacksmith Adventures provides guests a taste of blacksmithing through one hour to half day long classes.
Our modern day blacksmith's shop is located just 3 miles south of the city center of Kanab, Utah. We offer a variety of classes that can be booked on demand. So, gather your people, pick your project, give us a call then head out for Blacksmith Adventures. You'll forge lasting memories as you forge a keepsake project.
Not sure what blacksmithing is all about? That's why we provide this hands-on, experiential opportunity. The process of blacksmithing requires four basic things: something to heat the metal, something to hold the metal, something to put under the metal, and something to apply force to the metal. At Blacksmith Adventures, you will use a gas fueled forge that reaches temperatures of 2000 degrees Fahrenheit to heat the steel to a malleable orange white heat. Then, using long handled tongs to hold the iron, you will pull the steel from the fiery furnace and move it to the anvil. Working quickly, you will shape the steel with forceful blows of the hammer. Before it's black, it is back in the forge! Step by step, heat by heat, you will shape the steel into a functional piece of art until, at last, it is finished and plunged into a vat of cool water, quenching and hardening the steel with a cloud of steam. A quick brush to remove the scale and polish it up, now you have bragging rights!
Concerned you don't have enough muscle? Contrary to popular belief, success as a smith does not depend on strength, but on skill. How you hit the steel is actually more important than how hard you hit it. At Blacksmith Adventures, we will teach you basic blacksmithing skills and techniques. Our experienced instructor will guide, cajole and assist you, if necessary, to ensure you complete your project and it looks great. So, come, give blacksmithing a try. You might surprise yourself!
Blacksmith Adventures is a family friendly experience without discrimination to age, sex or previous experience hammering. Interestingly, about 50% of our clientele are women. Class size is limited to 6 participants. Team building sessions are limited to 12 participants and require additional time. Classes have different age ratings but we've made blacksmiths of folks as young as 5 and as old as 82. Bystanders are welcome, but space is limited. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times.
Participants will be provided with safety education and full safety gear including eye and ear protection, protective leather aprons and heat resistant Kevlar gloves. Our safety record is immaculate, to date there have been no accidents. Long pants and closed toe shoes are required; long sleeve shirts are recommended.
Blacksmith classes are great indoor fun on cold, windy or rainy days or when you need a break from hiking. Classes at Blacksmith Adventures make a perfect couples date-night activity. They are also a great experience for families and small groups looking to participate in a totally unusual, greatly memorable and insanely fun time.
What are you waiting for? You've seen it done on TV, your grand-dad used to do it, now it's your turn... come flirt with fire! Call to schedule your Blacksmith Adventure today!