Who Can Participate
Q: Do you have to have any previous experience?
A: No, no previous blacksmithing or hammering experience is required.
Q: Is there an age limit?
A: Yes, there is a minimum age though it varies by class. There is no maximum age!
In the Mezmerized by Fire demonstration there is no minimum age for observers. The minimum age to be the participant is 7 years old.
The minimum age for the one hour and two hour classes, Taste of Fire, Flirt with Fire and Beauty from Fire, is 12. This is due to ability to stay focused, consistently practice good safety, and hand eye coordination.
The minimum age for the half day, Forged with Fire bladesmithing class is 14 due to stamina.
A minor's parent or guardian must be present for the duration of the class.
Q: Does blacksmithing require alot of upper body strength or muscle?
A: No, metal becomes soft when hot. The trick to blacksmithing is waiting for the metal to be pale orange before hammering and to quit before its black. Young, old, male, female, all succeed.
Q: Can women blacksmith well?
A: Yes, women actually often do better than men because they can't rely on strength so they use proper technique plus they tend to be more patient and wait for the iron to get hotter. The hotter the iron, the easier to manipulate.
Q: Is there safety gear provided?
A: Yes, we provide protective leather aprons made by Forge-Aprons.com, clear safety glasses, ear protection, and kevlar and cotton gloves.
Q: What should I wear?
A: Long pants and shoes with a closed toe are required. A long sleeve shirt is recommended.
Q: Are drinks or snacks provided?
A: We do provide bottled water. You are welcome to bring hydrating drinks and energy boosting snacks. We do have a small refrigerator you can keep them cool in.