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A Tween's first Taste of Blacksmithing
(ages 11, 12, 13)

The discovery of iron and how to work it changed human history. Tools, weapons, and daily life haven't been the same since. This is your "tween'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 your child will heat a piece of iron to brilliant incandescence and with anvil, hammer, and tongs create a decorative and useful hook designed to be driven into a post or beam.

This class is not limited to tweens (Yes, Mom or Dad, you can take the class, too), but we do try to make sure that the tweens outnumber the older students. The material presented is similar to that in our regular "A Taste of Blacksmithing" and "A Teen's First Taste of Blacksmithing" classes, but with less detailed lecture content, to better suit younger students, and a simpler project -- a blunt-ended drive-hook.

Enrollment is limited to four students, so that they don't have to share tools and workspace, and each student gets more working-time and more attention from the instructor than in the teen or adult versions of the class.

one meeting 3.5 hours with a 1/2 hour lunch break.    dates&times

Students will be 11, 12, or 13 years old.
*** The student's knuckle-to-floor measure must be at least 23.5" ***
Measure from the first knuckles to the floor with the student standing normally (no shrugging).
In this class we cannot safely accommodate (by stacking up enough stuff to stand on) students with a knuckle-to-floor measure of less than 23.5"

Instructor: Carl West
Fee: $100
Maximum 4 students, one per forge

Gift Certificates for A Tween's first Taste of Blacksmithing are available.

If none of the dates below work for you (or are already full), we suggest you
Add yourself to the Wait List for this class.
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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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February 18 (2019)
Monday 9:00am to Noon

To begin the registration process with PHF,

If you have a PHF Gift Certificate: this would be a good class to choose.

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