Blacksmithing 101 - Beginner
Blacksmithing 201 - Intermediate
Blacksmithing 301 - 5 day summer Bootcamp
Courses through my studio:
In this course you will have the opportunity to learn blacksmithing through hands on forging of
primary tools of the trade in forging a punch, hammer and tongs. We will cover the broad base of
all the allied blacksmith trades. These techniques are the same as those used to produce
Damascus steel, forge artwork, wrought iron and tools as well as recreate historic hardware.
Steel selection, tool design and heat treatment are discussed and practiced in the development
of each tool. Forge welding and riveting as well as other traditional jointery methods will be
integral to the finished work.
Blacksmithing 201 - Intermediate Blackmithing
pre-requisite: Blacksmithing 101 or Introduction to Forge Work
This course is a hands-on continuation of the techniques learned in the Introduction course – BLS101.
Through lecture, demonstration, and hands-on work students will be able to produce a piece of
wrought iron grill work encompassing basic and intermediate connection techniques. This grill will
serve as a textbook of techniques you can use to solve problems and design your own
• Stock calculation
• Upsetting right angle corners
• Mortise and tenon jointery
• Forge welding
• Botanical forms (flowers, leaves etc.)
• Heat treating tools
The tools used will be developed along the way, with strong emphasis on
what makes effective robust tool design. A discussion on what new and recycled
steel products make good tool choices will be ongoing during the course.
This five day course is an intensive introduction to the broad spectrum of what
artistic blacksmiths do today and will challenge the most ardent beginner.
Students will work in a progressive manner that will allow each newly acquired
skill to be used and built upon. The development of tools will form a
significant portion of the finished projects as individuals will make the tools
needed to work with. Wrought iron design skills will be demonstrated and
practiced, and students will produce finished tools, functional iron work and
purely sculptural items. There will be discussion, demonstration and practice
of elements of wrought iron, both antique and modern. Some elements of style
from each design era will be discussed and practiced if time permits.
Course content includes:
• basic forging and laminating
In this hands-on Workshop, you will be introduced to the art of blacksmithing! After a thorough
introduction to the "tools of the trade", participants will have an opportunity to combine
their imaginations and their new found metal-working skills to forge a unique sculptural form!
Be on the look-out for interesting metal artifacts to bring along to incorporate into your