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A Taste of Blacksmithing
A single-session introduction

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 chance to learn to control one of the basic elements of modern human life. In this three hour class you will be introduced to the basic smithing techniques of hammering, drawing-out, cutting, bending, and twisting. Using these techniques and a coal-fired forge you will heat a piece of iron to brilliant incandescence and with anvil, hammer, and tongs create a decorative and useful 'S'-hook.

If you have a Gift Certificate for this class but none of these dates work for you, have a look at our Forged Bottle Opener class.
The skills taught are near-identical to those in this class, and we will happily apply a Taste Gift Certificate to the Bottle Opener class.

If you really enjoy "A Taste...", there is more you can do afterward.

Gift Certificates for A Taste of Blacksmithing are available.

3 hours   one meeting      dates&times

Instructor: Carl West
Fee: $85
8 students (2 per forge) maximum


A rapid Covid test that day, ideally just before class
Full Covid vaccination and bivalent booster strongly requested. Bring your card or a picture of it.

No prior experience necessary or expected. 13 and older.
Younger students (11 to 13) will likely do better in A Tween's First Taste of Blacksmithing.

Please wear proper clothing for visiting or working in the forge:
closed toe shoes (preferably leather, preferably high-topped. Sneakers are sufficient, sandals, crocs, pumps, mules... are not), natural fiber clothing, long pants that cover the tops of the shoes.
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Dates and Times:
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Friday, February 10
7:00pm to 10:00pm

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Sunday, February 19
2:00pm to 5:00pm

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