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A Teen's First Taste of Blacksmithing

The discovery of iron and how to work it changed human history. Tools, weapons, and daily life haven't been the same since. Here's your teen's chance to learn to control one of the basic elements of modern human life.

In this class he or she will be introduced to the basic smithing techniques of hammering, drawing-out, cutting, bending, and twisting. Using these techniques and a coal-fired forge he or she will heat a piece of iron to brilliant incandescence and with anvil, hammer, and tongs create a decorative and useful 'S'-hook.

This class is not limited to teens, but we do try to make sure that the teens outnumber the adults. The material presented is the same as in our regular "A Taste of Blacksmithing" class, but the class is scheduled to suit the time-constraints of a teen-ager.

Gift Certificates for A Teen's First Taste of Blacksmithing are available.

one 3.5-hour meeting with a half-hour lunch break.    dates&times

Instructor: Carl West
Fee: $65
Maximum 8 students, two per forge

Please wear proper clothing for visiting or working in the forge: closed toe shoes (preferably leather, preferably high-topped. Sneakers are sufficient.), natural fiber clothing, long pants that cover the tops of the shoes. Click here for more safety information.


Dates and Times:
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