FAQs

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 plus hour classes, 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 classes 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 the fairer sex tends to be more patient in waiting for the iron to get hotter. The hotter the iron, the easier it is to manipulate.  

 

Q: I don't know anyone else who wants to do this, do you do classes for just one person?

A: Yes, we are happy to schedule a class for one person though, we will attempt to fill a class once set.  

Q: Can a non-participant be there to watch and take pictures?

A: Yes, we do have a limited amount of space and seating for by-standers. And, of course, they can take pictures!

What to Bring

Q: Is there any 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 beverages like Gatoraide and energy boosting snacks. We have a small refrigerator you can use to keep them cool.

How to Succeed

Q: I am concerned I don't have enough strength or muscle, is this a problem?

A: There are many small people who are successful blacksmiths. Waiting for the iron to become pale orange hot in the forge then hitting it accurately is more important than how hard. Though, you will need to put some power in your hammer strokes to finish in a timely manner. Our instructor is there to encourage and, if neccessary, assist you when needed.  

Q: What if I just can't do it?

A: To date, everyone has left our shop with a completed project. Blacksmithing doesn't require non-stop hammering. You have about 20-30 seconds of hammering interspersed with 1-2 minutes of waiting for the steel to reheat to a forging temperature. For those that feel like they bit off more than they can chew, our instructor is there. He will assist you into the next step, which changes things up enough that you can continue on your own. 

How to Schedule a Class

Q: Do you have a schedule of classes?

A: We have found that tourists need flexibility so, we do not have a set schedule. When you have determined which class you would like to take, give us a call and together we will book a time for your Blacksmith Adventure. 

Q: I don't know anyone else who wants to do this, do you do classes for just one person?

A: Yes, we are happy to schedule a class for one person though, we will attempt to fill a class once set. 

 

Q: How does the team-building work?

A: We have six stations. We assign two people per station. One person actively works on the anvil while the other person waits for their steel to get hot. Thus, they trade back and forth. There are various steps during each project that team members assist one another but, the most valuable part of the Team Building Adventure, is sharing a unique experience and the camaraderie that is shared.

Other Questions

Q: Has the instructor been on the History Channel TV show Forged in Fire?

A: No, while George does forge knives, he is an artist blacksmith. He has primarily spent his career forging decorative ironwork for home decor like gates, bed frames, tables, door hardware, pot racks and more. His most notable work is a handrail located at the Grand Canyon's Mather Point Amphitheater forged with a team of smiths. He has also had his work featured in numerous blacksmith related books and magazines. Additionally, George has appeared in many newspapers and on local news stations for demonstrating blacksmithing to the public at art festivals and street fairs.   

Q: Will I get dirty? 

A: Good question. The answer is possibly. Many people don't get noticibly dirty. If you choose not to wear gloves, your hands may get black but, it washes off. If you lean against something in the shop, your clothes may get dirty but again, it will wash out or maybe even brush off. 

Q: Will I get burned?

A: To date, we have had no accidents at Blacksmith Adventures. That said, blacksmithing is a potentially dangerous activity. Participants need to be keenly aware of those around them and any type of horseplay is forbidden.

Q: Will I be sore?

A: Potentially. Your muscles may ache a little from lactic acid build-up while you are hammering but you will get a reprieve when your project goes back in the forge to reheat. Depending on your level of fitness, some people feel muscle soreness the next day. 

Q: Will I get a blister?

A: Only if you are holding your hammer improperly. Our instructor makes every effort to correct people's hammer hold to alleviate blistering. If, you do develop a blister, we offer band-aids and gloves. 

 
 
 
 
 

BlacksmithAdventures@gmail.com

2540 S. Hwy 89A  Kanab, UT 84741

(575) 313-4650