BLADE SMITH CLASSES
Mesmerized by Fire - $50 per group
Regardless of age or gender, watching a hard piece of steel being transformed into functional art through heating and hammering while fiery red is always mesmerizing. This 1/2 hour adventure is designed for groups of up to fifteen people and is for all ages. Our blacksmith will explain and entertain as he forges a decorative key ring. One person in the group gets to participate in the forging process by wielding the hammer for a few blows to shape the hot steel. The finished key ring is then given to the group as a keepsake.
Taste of Fire - $45 per person
This one hour class is perfect for those who want to experience the age old art of blacksmithing for the first time. Working out of a modern propane forge and dressed in protective gear, you will hammer, chisel and punch decorative details into your choice of a HORSE or FISH shaped bottle opener. You will learn how to use tongs to move your piece in and out of the fire and how to control your hammer as you transform your cold hard piece of steel into a functional piece of art.
Flirt with Fire - $95 per person
In this two plus hour blacksmith class, you will experience what it is like to completely transform a piece of steel into a functional hook decorated with a twist. Along the way you will learn some of the foundational skills of blacksmithing; hammer control, drawing, tapering, twisting, punching and scrolling. We will also share a bit about the history and future of the art of blacksmithing, teach you a little about metallurgy, throw in some fun anecdotes and finally tell you where to feed your new found passion; flirting with fire.
Elegance from Fire - $95 per person
Botanical forms are a favorite challenge for blacksmiths. In this two plus hour long blacksmith class, you will create a elegant but sturdy leaf hook from a pencil sized stick of mild steel. As you do, you will be learning some of the basics of blacksmithing including hammer control, tapering, texturing, scrolling and of course, creating a 3-D leaf shape. This is a great beginner, introductory class. Everyone succeeds and goes home with a functional, elegant hook.
Beauty from Fire - $95 per person
This two plus hour blacksmith class teaches blacksmith skills that are more technical. Hammering in this class requires less strength but more precision. You will start with 1/4 inch round stock which you will forge to a taper and draw out for your stem. Once that is done, you will flatten then taper the edge, cleave the rose petals then roll the rose into a tight flower. Over the anvil's horn you will make a loop at the pointed end then twist it around itself. Add a key ring and start showing off your key fob!
Forged with Fire - $150 per person
The popular TV show, Forged in Fire has sparked alot of interest in bladesmithing. In this half day blade smith adventure you will experience the thrill of forging your own knife. As you craft the Mountain Man Skinner, you will learn basic knife making skills including determining forging heat, hammer control, as well as using the anvil to fuller, draw, taper, round, scroll, and chamfer. You will finish your blade edge on the grinder and learn some basic tempering and sharpening tricks. Minimum Age: 14
Tools for Fire - $150 per person
This half-day class is for intermediate students who already have a some experience at the forge. Tongs are an essentail tool for a blacksmith. They use them to hold the hot steel as they work it over the anvil. In Tools for Fire you will make your own set of tongs from start to finish. You may choose to make either a set of Bolt Tongs or Box Jaw Tongs. Regardless of which design you choose, you will be learning how to make you own tools for the forge and should leave with the ability to make additional tongs on your own.