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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.

3 hours   one meeting      dates&times

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.

Instructor: Carl West
Fee: $65 (some of our registration partners add a modest fee.)
8 students (2 per forge) maximum

Gift Certificates for A 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.
(The wait list gets notified soon after classes are put on the schedule.)

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:

November 17 (2018)
Saturday 2:00pm - 5:00pm ***Afternoon***

Please register through Lexington Community Education:
Click here to see arts classes that LCE currently has listed,
Search the window for "Carl West" to find ours .
And please, if you can, tell them that you found this class here on our website.
You will have to check with their site to see if there is room in the class.
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