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A 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 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 find you really enjoyed "A Taste...", there is more you can do afterward.

3 hours   one meeting      dates&times

No prior experience necessary or expected.

Instructor: Carl West
Fee: $60 ($65 after May 1, 2014)(some of our registration partners add a modest reg fee.)
8 students (2 per forge) maximum

Gift Certificates for A Taste of Blacksmithing are available.
Note: If you are redeeming a Gift Certificate, contact us directly, we will see if we can set it up with our registration partners.

Please wear proper clothing for visiting or working in the forge: closed toe shoes (preferably leather, preferably high-topped), 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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May 1 (2014)
Thursday 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Please register through the Bedford Recreation Department:
Click here to enter the BRD class registration system.
First you'll have to agree to their waiver.
Doing that will open a new window with their class listing page.
On the left end of the dark blue bar, set 'Location' to "Prospect Hill Forge"
and you will be shown our classes that are registered through them.
Including (we hope) this one.
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May 5 (2014)
Monday 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Please register through the Cambridge Center for Adult Education:
Click here to see PHF classes that CCAE currently has listed.
And please be sure to tell them that you found this here on our website.
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May 11 (2014)
Sunday 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Please register through Winchester Recreation & Community Education:
Click here to see PHF classes that WR&CE currently has listed.
And please be sure to tell them that you found this here on our website.
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May 17 (2014)
Saturday 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Please register through Lexington Community Education:
Click here to see arts classes that LCE currently has listed,
Search the window for "Blacksmith" to find ours (they are listed in reverse date order).
And please, if you can, tell them that you found this class here on our website.
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June 4 (2014)
Wednesday 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Please register through the Cambridge Center for Adult Education:
Click here to see PHF classes that CCAE currently has listed.
And please be sure to tell them that you found this here on our website.
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June 22 (2014)
Sunday 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Please register through Lexington Community Education:
Click here to see arts classes that LCE currently has listed,
Search the window for "Blacksmith" to find ours (they are listed in reverse date order).
And please, if you can, tell them that you found this class here on our website.
It's possible that this listing is not yet open for sign-up with this registration partner.
If taking this class on this date is important to you please email us and we'll do what we can.
But please, click the link above, and check with them first.

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(If none of these dates work for you, please tell us using our Waiting-List Page)

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