American College of the Building Arts, Inc
21 Magazine Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Toll Free: 877-283-5245
The American College of the Building Arts is dedicated to educating the next generation of building artisans and preserving the building arts in a manner never before seen in America. Under the direction of our experienced faculty, students will have the opportunity to learn the skills needed to excel in their chosen field like Ornamental Ironwork, while receiving a quality education and either an Associates or a Bachelors degree. This combination of education and training is available nowhere else in the United States.
Appalachian Center for Craft
Tennessee Technological University
1560 Craft Center Drive
Smithville, TN 37166
The Craft Center, in addition to offering workshops, is affiliated with the Tennessee Technical University and as such offers a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts, as well as non-degree certificate enrollment. Robert Coogan is the full-time metals and blacksmithing instructor. Occasionally excellent visiting instructors are brought in specifically for the blacksmithing courses.
Arrowhead Forge Shop of Instruction
47 N. Lobban Ave.
Buffalo, Wyoming 82834
Arrowhead Forge is a working artist blacksmith shop operated by David W. Osmundsen in Buffalo, Wyoming at the base of the Big Horn Mountains.
Buffalo is a small town with a quaint Old West atmosphere. The shop is located a block from small stores, galleries, restaurants, and museums yet offers trout fishing and hiking right out of the door.
As a student at Arrowhead Forge Shop of Instruction, you will learn by doing, the use of the coal forge, anvil, and hand tools. Some of the techniques taught during the 35 hour course are drawing out, twisting, upsetting, fullering, punching, hot cutting, riveting, forge welding, and heat treating. Students will complete several projects to take home.
Each class is limited to two students which provide a semi-private teaching atmosphere and each student will have a forge and anvil to work at. All tools and materials are provided. Classes are held monthly and offered during the day or evening to accommodate most schedules. To learn more about Arrowhead Forge or receive a brochure about blacksmithing classes go to www.arrowhead-forge.com or call David at 307-684-2338.
Austin Community College
1020 Grove Boulevard
Austin, Texas 78741
William J. Bastas, Professor
phone: 512-223-6444; fax: 512-223-6313
Austin Community College offers blacksmithing classes as part of our Art Metals A.A.S. Degree. Both Metalsmithing/Blacksmithing and power hammer classes are offered as an integral part of the degree. Taught within the Welding Technology Department, our students benefit from the inter-disciplinary environment of welding processes and certification, as well as traditional training from the metal-artist's perspective. Our classes are taught year-round in a typical semester or short semester format. We also offer sculpture, silversmithing and a complete jewelry program.
B2 Design Power Hammer School
B2 Design, Ltd.
154 Bevan Drive
Mooresville, NC 28115
The B2 Design Power Hammer School offers classes in power hammer forging. From freehand forging, to Damascus making, to flat die work, there is a class to cover the many different types of work that can be performed by these tireless tools. The intensive 2 -1/2 classes require just a long weekend of the students valuable time to obtain a week's worth of training. All classes are 'hands on' using the finest equipment and instructors. Check the website or call 704-660-1560 for additional information.
Blacksmiths Guild (UK)
c/o 2 Eastdon Farmhouse,
Eastdon, Starcross, Devon EX6 8RJ
044 1626 890503
An amalgamation of The Guild of Wrought Ironwork Craftsmen of Wessex, and the Blacksmiths and Metalworkers Association of the South West. We have been training and promoting blacksmiths since the early 1960's, many of who have gone on to start their own businesses in the UK and abroad, and many win awards from the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths, and the National Blacksmith Championship Competitions, some becoming Champion Blacksmiths.
With 12 forges available, and a policy of six students to one tutor, personal attention is assured. We cater for all skill levels. The one day taster course introduces students to the forge, anvil, and essential tools and how to use them, giving the students the ability to immediately and confidently make items that are commercially viable. Our two day courses take students further, adding more skills and confidence. Specialist advanced courses are available, and we can cater for any specific requirements that are requested.
All our tutors are either practicing or retired 'smiths, experienced in the particular skills required for the course. Courses are open to non members and we also hold open forge in weekends where anyone can bring along tools, machinery and books to sell, problems to solve, and watch demonstrations of interest.
Blue Ridge Community College
Flat Rock, NC 28731
Certificate in Welding Technology. Students may be required to take one or more developmental courses as a result of pre-enrollment placement tests; therefore, the student may need more than the minimum number of semester hours listed for graduation. Required courses in Hand Wrought Metals, Advanced Wrought Metals, Hand Wrought Joinery, Beginning Welding for Artists, and Fabrication.
Broken Hammer Forge
16343 Oakland RD
Henderson, MD 21640
Located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, we offer both Beginner's, Intermediate and other classes. For our Beginner's class, students will learn the basic skills used by blacksmiths for centuries. No prior experience or training is needed. We will start with the very basics, such as building a fire and proper hammer control. Fundamental techniques covered will include drawing out, slit & drift, upsetting & twisting just to name a few.
Our Intermediate class is for students who have some prior experience in blacksmithing basics. We will cover more advanced versions of bending, twisting and joinery as well as decorative elements. Forge welding, tempering and metallurgy relevant to the blacksmith will also be covered.
Classes are held on weekends. Students will get hands on practice through several small projects they will take home. Class sizes are small to allow for more individualized instruction.
Brookfield Craft Center
286 Whisconier Road (Route 25)
PO Box 122
Brookfield, CT 06804
The Brookfield Craft Center is a non-profit school for professional craft education, founded 1954. Courses for beginners, intermediate and professional craftsmen are scheduled on weekends and evenings so working people can take full advantage of them. The Center's colonial vintage campus provides a relaxed atmosphere and limited enrollment of an average 6 to 12 students allow for a high degree of individualized attention. Visit www.brookfieldcraft.org for more information.
Burdett Metalsmithing & Design
6970 W 116th Ave Unit B
Broomfield, CO 80020
Website: Burdett Metalsmithing Classes
Burdett Metalsmithing and Design is now offering Beginner to Intermediate classes in Blacksmithing to interested adults over the age of 18. If you would like to attend one on the classes listed below, space is limited so please contact us to register.
Carroll County Farm Museum Academy of Traditional Arts
Blacksmith Guild of Central Maryland
500 S. Center St.
Westminster, MD 21157
Website: Blacksmith Classes
The 15 year partnership of the Carroll County Farm museum and the Blacksmith Guild of Central Maryland (BGCM) has provided mutual support, education and training, and a venue to spread the knowledge of blacksmithing to the local community. The Guild, while primarily providing demonstrators for the museum's historic forge and local events, also provides new and restoration ironwork for the museum and was instrumental in developing the Academy of Traditional Arts. The Academy was started to preserve and teach the arts of our past so that they are not lost to future generations. Classes include tinsmithing, basketry, cooking, quilting, and blacksmithing.<br>
The 16 Hour Beginning Blacksmithing classes are taught on a continuing basis and specialty classes, such as tong making, forge welding, repousse, etc. are offered throughout the year. Our instructors are drawn from a large pool of local and outside talent, bringing a fresh and sometimes unique approach to projects. Beginning classes teach history, safety, tool usage, fire maintenance, hammer control, basic forge welding, and demonstration techniques. The classes are open to anyone 16 years and older.
Cedar Lakes Craft Center
HC 88 Box 21
Ripley, WV 25271
Surround yourself with a rural, quiet atmosphere; outstanding master artists and crafts instructors; peers absorbed in their craft; and time away from the commitments of life in the fast lane --this is what the Cedar Lakes Crafts Center offers you. Call or write for more information.
The Center for Metal Arts
Mail: PO Box 30, Chester, NY 10918
Location: 44 Jayne Street, Florida, NY 10921
Fax: 845 651-7857
The The Center for Metal Arts holds workshops with a tradition of exploring the innovative edges of design, material, and work practice. The school is equipped with ergonomic anvil stands and custom tooling, power hammer stations with the Hofi radius and combination dies, gas and coke forges, and a classroom area. The Center for Metal Arts offers one day workshops to week-long intensives; see www.centerformetalarts.com for current listings. Adjacent is the working studio of Fine Architectural Metalsmiths in the renovated 1890’s Borden’s Creamery Icehouse. The Center for Metal Arts is in the scenic farming village of Florida, NY, just 70 miles northwest of New York City and within reach of 5 major airports.
Cold Hanworth Forge and Blacksmithing School
Nr Welton, Lincoln
England LN2 3RE
Tel: 0(44) 1673866700
Cold Hanworth Forge and Blacksmithing School is based in the heart of Lincolnshire and is renowned for its craftmanship in ironwork. Under the guidance of professional blacksmith, Bob Oakes, the school offers professional and vocational blacksmithing courses for all levels of ability. Watch the introductory video on the website.
Conner Prairie Museum
13400 Allisonville Rd
Noblesville, IN 46060
Melvin Lytton instructs basic and advanced blacksmithing at the Pioneer Settlement, allowing up to 20 students per class. The 10 week (evenings) classes offered typically run during January, February, and March. Please call the Museum for their early annual schedule.
Crucible (Oakland, CA): See The Crucible.
Dallas Heritage Village
1717 Gano Street
Dallas, Texas 75215
Blacksmith: Fred Christen 16 yrs experience, Ben Marshal 14 yrs experience
Cost: $175 per adult student. OCP members may take the class at the discounted price of $160 for adults. Limited to two students per class. The class is two days long, Saturday 10-2 and Sunday 12-4. In Basic Blacksmithing adults will learn: What you need to start out- Building a coal fire- Learn the difference between iron, mild and tool steel- Blacksmithing without modern tools- Learn to make nails and nail header- Make a pair of tongs
Evanston Art Center
2603 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60201
The Evanston Art Center's metal sculpture and furniture shop has gas, arc and T.I.G. welding facilities, as well as various cold-working equipment and the only accessible coke forge in the area. Classes are offered year round with Fall, Winter/Spring and Summer sessions.
Since its inception in 1929, the Evanston Art Center (EAC) has been a major force in bringing people, art, and ideas together. One of the oldest and largest visual art centers in Illinois, the EAC is dedicated to making the visual arts an integral and accessible part of the lives of the diverse audiences in Evanston, Chicago, and the surrounding communities. The Art Center fulfills this mission through an extensive offering of visual arts classes, public lectures, changing exhibits, youth outreach activities, and publications, all of which are designed to engage and enrich the individual and community.
Fine Line Creative Arts Center
6N158 Crane Road
St. Charles, IL 60175
The Fine Line Creative Arts Center provides year round classes and workshops in metals and blacksmithing. The center is one of the only regional arts centers in the country. Internationally known artists teach a variety of workshops. The membership draws from the Northern Illinois area and surrounding states. There are as many as 1,100 students a year, a teaching staff of 30-plus and well over 200 class offerings a year.
Dan Caldwell, our Blacksmith instructor, teaches various Blacksmithing classes, including copper forging, knife making, wind chimes, welding and Mokume Gane. Check out our current class offerings on our website.
P.O Box 220
109 Main Street
Whycocomagh Cape Breton
Nova Scotia, Canada B0E 3M0
FireHouse Ironworks is a traditional blacksmith shop that provides custom ironworks and training. We are available for commissions and would be happy to discuss your ironwork needs. We can design your project and make it reality.
Folk Art Center
PO Box 9545
Asheville, NC 28815
The Folk Art Center is the home of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, an educational non-profit organization. Bob Livingston is the instructor for knife forging workshops offered in the summer and fall.
Forging with Intention
David Norrie instructor.
1521 First Street
Berthoud, Colorado, 80513
Six different Blacksmithing classes will cover the basics of Blacksmithing and will have a strong focus of forging steel with accuracy and intent. These classes are project oriented with the overlapping of skills so students get to practice each skill repetitiously while creating different items. The classes are for both men and women and no experience is required.
Higher skilled levels of Blacksmithing will be taught in 4 one week classes a year. These classes will focus on a group project where everyone works together to create one piece. This will include design, drawings, forging, assembly and different finishes to create a well rounded experience. While these will be fairly intense classes, they will be for people wanting to learn the skills of hand forging with intent. Some previous skill will be needed.
David Norrie has been a professional Blacksmith for 32 years. He brings this experience to help students have a clear understanding of Blacksmithing.
The classes will be held at the Davita Art Farm Blacksmithing Center, a 106 year old farm at the base of the Rocky mountains, 45 miles north of Denver, Colorado. Lodging is provided for students traveling from out of the area. Call or write for information and scheduling.
Forgery School of Blacksmithing
A Division of G3 Tools
PO Box 1665
Tijeras, New Mexico 87059
Web Site: www.g3blacksmithing.com
Quality education is our first priority, we believe that having a good foundation in the fundamentals of blacksmithing
enables the student to succeed and be able to advance further.
The Forgery School of Blacksmithing, established in 1986, is a clean and extremely well equipped facility hand built by the instructors with the student in mind.
Basic, intermediate, and specialty classes are taught by Brad, Chad, and
Robb Gunter. The school is located 35 minutes east of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
PO Box 860
Bethel, ME 04217
Gould Academy, a coeducational, college preparatory boarding and day school, has offered Blacksmithing as an academic course since 1989. Blacksmithing if offered twice a year (fall and spring trimesters). Their facilities include both gas and coal forges and four anvil stations. Design is a prerequisite along with the Blacksmithing courses. Blacksmithing focuses on the production of forged ironwork. Emphasis is placed on the function and design of tools, hardware and utensils. The charge for courses are built into the overall tuition.
Guild of Metalsmiths
Saint Paul, MN 55111
The Guild of Metalsmiths in Minnesota has a regular offering of blacksmithing classes. In the fall of each year there is a program of approximately 15 different classes offered including beginning blacksmithing. A complete listing of class offerings is listed on the Guild's Website.
Guilford Art Center
411 Church Street
Guilford, CT 06437
The Guilford Art Center is dedicated to nurturing and supporting excellence in the arts. Its School provides classes and workshops in a wide range of media for adults and children; the Mill Gallery has a year-round schedule of exhibitions, and the Art Center Shop features fine American-made craft for sale. One of the Center’s premiere events is Expo, a nationally recognized, juried craft show held each summer.
The Art Center School offers a quarterly roster of classes, as well as weekend workshops that offer opportunities for more intensive study. Blacksmithing classes are presented by such highly-skilled professionals as Bill Scheer, an interpreter and blacksmith in the Mystic Seaport Shipsmith Shop. In addition to being blacksmith instructor for the Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program, the Seaport's adult classes, and at area colleges, he is president of the Connecticut Blacksmith Guild. He produces work for the Mystic Seaport and other museums.
For a specific schedule of blacksmithing classes and workshops, please call the Guilford Art Center or access the website.
Haliburton School of The Arts - Fleming College
297 College Drive
Box 839 Haliburton, Ontario
tf: 1 866 FLEMING (1 866 353-6464)
Contact: Jennifer Bain
ph: 705-457-1680 x 6743
In a fully-equipped coal and propane forge studio, students will immerse themselves in the world of blacksmithing. A team of instructors, who are practising artists will guide students through the process and exploration of metal sculpture. Students will learn studio safety, tool making, and how to form and manipulate metal to create three-dimensional sculptures, architectural details and fixtures, furnishings and utensils. Using the history of blacksmithing as an influence, and hands-on instruction, students will acquire the skills required to present ideas to potential clients and shape those ideas into a variety of metal forms.
Unique in Canada, this 15-week intensive program is equivalent to two semesters of full-time studies. Courses in design, drawing, history, marketing, basic and advanced blacksmithing along with quality studio time provide a foundation for developing a strong personal portfolio. Best of all, the course takes place at Fleming College's Haliburton Campus, less than three hours north of Toronto. Nestled into a verdant valley, the hamlet of Haliburton is home to a wide variety of artists and many different disciplines.
For further information or enquiries about the program, please contact Jennifer Bain (see above).
Hancock Shaker Village Museum
PO Box 927
Pittsfield, MA 01202
William Senseney, master blacksmith, teaches introductory and higher level classes throughout the year at the Hancock Shaker Village Forge. Most classes conducted on the weekends, 9:30-4:30 both days; some multiple-day seminars. Courses include Blacksmithing 1 through 5, Colonial Hardware, Rose and Floral Design, Fanciful Faces & Whimsical Figures, Blacksmithing for Young People (12-17 years), Shaker Ironware, Forged Knife Making, Damascus (Pattern) Welded Steel, and even Introduction to Traditional Hand Engraving Workshops.
The classes are conducted at Hancock Shaker Village, Rts. 20 & 41, Pittsfield, Massachusetts. We maintain the blacksmithing and other metal crafts classes for the Director of Interpretation & Education at Hancock, Mr. Todd Burdick. He can be reached at 413-443-0188 ext.216.
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
Stuart Kestenbaum, Director
PO Box 518
Deer Isle, ME 04627
Haystack has one, two and three week sessions in blacksmithing and other metalworking classes as well. Recent instructors have included William Fiorini, Douglas Wilson, Tom Joyce, Peter Ross,Dale Wedig, Rick Smith, Stephen Yusko and Elizabeth Brim. Workshops have up to ten participants. Scholarships available.
HDK Stenby (Göteborgs universitet)
t.f. rektor/bitr. högskolerektor
HDK Steneby (Göteborgs universitet)
660 10 Dals Långed
Tel 0531-710 05 alt. 0761-17 08 60
Steneby is the collective name for the stimulating educational and cultural activities found in the invigorating setting at Dals Långed in Sweden’s Dalsland Province. Today the Stenebyskolan Foundation and the School of Design and Crafts at University of Gothenburg offer a broad spectrum of one and two-year preparatory courses in the art´s field, as well as university education at both the bachelor and masters levels.
We offer foundation and university degree programs in Iron and Steel.
186 Petty Plain Road
Greenfield, MA. 01301
Ted teaches at his studio located in the barn at Historic Northampton Museum, 46 Bridge Street, Northampton, Massachusetts. Ted offers classes through Greenfield Community College, Holyoke Community College, and Amherst Leisure Services. Classes through the colleges and Amherst Leisure Services run for eight weeks. If there are more than two students, there is an additional studio time offered for two hours each week. Ted offers private lessons, as well. Students' ages start from 10-years old and up. Ted teaches beginning & intermediate blacksmithing, sculpture, toolmaking, bladesmithing, woodworking and woodcarving. Ted received his BFA in metal sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art in 2000. Ted was mentored by George Greenamyer in blacksmithing, sculpture, and welding. Ted was a teaching assistant to George for five years at Massachusetts College of Art. Ted has also taught during August Studios at MCA, and he continues to be a guest artist there during the course of a semester. Ted was mentored by master bladesmith, J.D. Smith, in bladesmithing. Ted was a teacher's assistant for J.D. as well.
Incandescent Ironworks, Ltd.
Instructor: Steve McGrew
9715 W. Sunset Highway
Spokane, WA 99224 USA
Incandescent Ironworks provides instruction to beginning and intermediate blacksmiths, and to beginning knifemakers. With a maximum class size of four students, each student has his or her own workstation and plenty of individual attention. We teach all the basics including toolmaking and traditional forging and joinery techniques, and gladly help our students set up their own shops.
International School of Blacksmithing
PO Box 846
Trumansburg, NY 14886
Durand’s Forge is a working artist-blacksmith shop near Ithaca, New York, the home of Cornell University. Durand Van Doren is a smith of 30 years’ experience who specializes in custom work ranging from fireplace tools, lamps and kitchenware to gates, grilles, chandeliers and furniture. Durand offers workshops for beginners and intermediate students. At present, beginners generally attend a one-day session (10-5pm), with lunch and snacks provided. Instruction includes hands-on work at the forge and anvil; forge-building from scrap materials; demonstration of the seven pillars of blacksmithing; and history of the craft with a modern overview. Class sizes are small and offer individual attention. Accommodation packages can be arranged through the McLallen House Bed & Breakfast.
The Jacksonville Center for the Arts
220 Parkway Lane South
Floyd, Virginia 24091
Amy Avery-Grubel, Educational Programming Coordinator
Tucked into the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and only 5 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway, The Jacksonville Center for the Arts in Floyd invites members of ABANA to discover our hands-on craft experiences for all ages. All ABANA members receive 20% OFF Non-member tuition for their first class! Register online and simply enter ABANA (all caps) in the coupon space provided.
We offer over sixty courses in a season, including blacksmithing at our forge for all levels. This year:
* The Art of Forged Leaves with Gerald Boggs
* Two Days in May with Jessie Ward
* Primitive Jewelry with James Quinn
* Beginning Blacksmithing with Lynda Metcalfe
* Forging Spoons with Brian Anderson
* Forging Flowers of the Blue Ridge with Steve Kalb
* Dogwood and Songbirds with Dale Morse
* Efficient Forging Techniques with Charlie Orlando
* Light it Up! Candleholders! with James Quinn
John C. Campbell Folk School
One Folk School Road
Brasstown, NC 28902
1-800-365-5724 or 828-837-2775
The John C. Campbell Folk School blacksmith shop features over 2,000 sqaure feet of space, with 12 forging stations, and a large selection of hand and power tools. Basic skills courses, advanced and specialty classes are offered year round in one and two week courses, as well as some weekends.
Kaviar Forge & Gallery
Kentucky premier artist/blacksmith Craig Kaviar is opening his forge to teach a beginner blacksmith class. Working in his studio the students will get hands on experience working on coal, natural gas and his unique waste vegetable oil forge. While learning basic techniques the students will make simple items for themselves including J hooks, nails, leaves, and finally a forge welded fireplace poker. Sessions run either for five consecutive Saturdays from 9 AM until Noon, or an intensive weekend workshop. No prior training is required. Classes are limited to 10 students, all materials and tools are provided. Please visit our website for more information on scheduled dates and registration forms.
McKenzie Career Center
7250 East 75th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46256
Instructor William Wyatt offers courses in welding and basic blacksmithing for students. ages 17 and up. Todays' blacksmiths make gates, railings, stairs or perform light industrial work. This class will cover the basics of blacksmithing and is geared toward your individual needs. Metal supplies are not included in the price of the class. You will pay for supplies at each class as you use them. Please park behind building at opening of welding shop.
6961 Horseshoe Bar Road
Loomis, CA 95650
John McLellan teaches one and two-day workshops for beginning and intermediate levels of blacksmithing. All sessions are hands-on. See the workshop schedule listed on the website.
Meridian Forge Blacksmithing School
37010 Meridian East
Eatonville, WA. 98328
253-318-1842 / Fax 360-832-6280
Both beginner and experienced smiths can benefit from the classes offered at Meridian Forge. Small classes are the key at Meridian Forge. Each student is provided with their own complete forging station and access to all the tools necessary for the successful completion of their project.
Artist/Blacksmiths for Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 classes are:
Joe Elliott-Lighting /
Mark Aspery – Western States Blacksmithing Curriculum Basic /
Shel Browder –Tools for the Blacksmith /
Gary Eagle –Art Deco Grill /
Darryl Nelson – Making & Throwing Tomahawks, Forge Welding, Animal Heads & Garden Gate.
Meridian Forge will customize a class for a group of five or more people. Call or E-Mail for Class schedules
50 Guinan Street
Waltham, MA 02451
No grades, no pressure, just solid learning from nationally renown instructors. Call or visit online to get a catalogue of classes.
Metalwerx is a unique combination of a community metals studio and metalsmithing school. We offer a wide variety of day and evening classes, weekend workshops and lectures geared to all levels of metalsmithing experience. We carry a variety of metalsmithing tools and materials, as well as handmade jewerly and functional objects by local and emerging artists. Contact the school for a complete list of classes.
75 Greenmanville Ave.
P.O. Box 6000
Mystic, Ct. 06355-0999
The Mystic Seaport Museum offers beginner-intermediate-advanced blacksmith classes and private lessons tailored to your needs and schedule. The classes are held in the historic James Driggs Shipsmith Shop on the museum grounds. Call for more information 860-572-5356 or email@example.com.
National Ornamental Metal Museum
374 Metal Museum Drive
Memphis, TN 38106
The Museum offers weekend classes that include a quick introduction into the basics of blacksmithing as well as intermediate level workshops that investigate more sophisticated techniques. Additionally, there are symposiums on metal work. Limited lodging is available on-site. For more information contact Judy Davis, Education / Outreach Coordinator.
New Brunswick Community College
1234 Mountain Road
Moncton, New Brunswick
E1C 8H9 CANADA
NBCC offers a comprehensive metalworking and trades training program. The Blacksmith shop is used for heat treating and forging projects by students in daytime metallurgy courses.
The New England Craft Program
5 Clary Road
Williamsburg, MA 01096
The craft school is located in Williamsburg, MA on an old farm in a rural setting. There is at least one Intensive on blacksmithing during the year. Studios are open after class for free time and on-site lodging in dormatory style buildings is available. Call or write for a brochure.
New England School of Metal Work
7 Albistan Way
Auburn, ME 04210
Located in southern Maine, the New England School of Metalwork is the premier metalsmithing school in New England. The school is a state of the art combination of both older and newer technology, seven complete forging stations of both coal and gas are flanked by two 100 pound pneumatic power hammers, treadle hammers, plasma cutters, TIG welders, oxy-fuel torches, MIG welders, hydraulic press, and much more. Specific attention has been given to developing the tooling and equipment for our Blade and Sword forging program as well as our new Casting program. Instructed by nationally known instructors round out what will be the most enjoyable and rewarding experience you have ever had. With a maximum of 6 students per class, you can choose from a number of 3 to 5 day workshops. From beginners to advanced, all that attend the school will find a motivating and relaxing atmosphere to develop their skills. Located in Auburn, Maine within minutes of restaurants and hotels plus the mountains for skiing the lake the regions for swimming and of course the wonderful Maine coastline! Visit our site and see why we’re the best.
"ABANA Educational Institution Member"
Old West Forge School of Blacksmithing
PO Box 2105
White Salmon, WA 98672
At Old West Forge we offer classes at the beginning and intermediate level. Subject matter includes basic blacksmithing, tool making, traditional joinery, leaf making, and scrolls.
We are located in rural Klickitat County, in the heart of the beautiful Columbia River Gorge Region 70 miles East of Portland, Oregon. Our students benefit from small class size, individual instruction, and the beauty of our rural setting. All materials, tools, and well equipped student work stations are provided.
Please contact instructor Tim Middaugh for specific dates and times for classes.
Oregon College of Art & Craft
8245 SW Barnes Road
Portland, OR 97225
Oregon College of Art & Craft offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Crafts and a three-year Certificate in Crafts. The program in metals emphasizes the mastery of complex techniques and the development of a personal aesthetic in the making of jewelry or small-scale sculpture. The College is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design.
Penland School of Crafts
P.O. Box 37
Penland, NC 28765-0037
Penland School offers courses in iron work ranging from summer sessions of one to two weeks as well as eight week sessions during the fall and spring concentrations. Classes cover iron work from toolmaking to sculpture. Scholarships are available. Undergraduate and graduate credit may be earned at Penland through East Tennessee State University and Western Carolina University. Penland also has a Residence Artist program.
Peters Valley Craft Center
19 Kuhn Road
Layton, NJ 07851
Peters Valley Craft offers 2 – 5 day blacksmithing and metals workshops May through September (beginner through advanced). The Blacksmith Studio houses 9 coal & 3 gas forges,2 power hammers, anvils and an assortment of hand and power tools. Undergraduate and graduate credit may be earned at Peters Valley through Kutztown University. The center offers Summer Assistantship Residencies, Matriculated College Students (1/2 tuition), an Art teacher program, and a Work-Exchange program. Call for brochure.
The Bill Pieh Resource for Metalwork
Pieh Tool Company, Inc.
661 Howards Road, Suite J
Camp Verde, AZ 86322
The Bill Pieh Resource for Metalwork is located minutes from Sedona's majestic red rock canyons. Take an escape and fuel your creative desires.
The 3-day blacksmithing classes are geared toward beginner and intermediate smiths. The course will cover the basic aspects of blacksmithing including twisting, drawing, splitting, punching, drifting, riveting, scrolling, upsetting and forge welding all using efficient propane forges.
Gordon Williams begins each nine hour day with an hour of instruction in a classroom type setting. Then the fun begins! As the class progresses, students will use the techniques learned to create projects. Classes are small, ensuring individual attention. Call, E-mail or visit our website for more information. Just follow the Links and Resources on our home page.
Pilgrim Soul Forge
Grant R. Marcoux,
101 West Tower Avenue
Alameda, CA 94501
Grant offers courses in basic and intermediate blacksmithing and bladesmithing. The basic course is skill building, geared toward those with little or no blacksmithing experience and the intermediate course emphasizes traditional and modern joinery and use of the power hammer.
The bladesmithing courses cover knife making from the ground up: designing, forging, heat treating and finishing blades of plain carbon and for the more advanced student, high alloy steels.
Courses are scheduled to meet student needs and are limited to two students, for maximum instructor attention. Call or write for a brochure.
Pratt Fine Arts Center
1902 S. Main St
Seattle, WA 98144
Pratt Fine Arts Center, founded in 1976 and located in the heart of Seattle, offers classes to adults and youth and provides an equipment-rich facility for the use of established and new artists alike. Each quarter, Pratt offers a diverse array of classes of interest to the metals, sculpture and blacksmithing community.
Pratt's sculpture studio offers space and equipment for welding/fabrication, forging/blacksmithing, stonecarving, and foundry work. Welding equipment includes MIG, TIG, arc, oxy-acetylene set ups and a plasma arc cutter. The foundry program supports those interested in learning bronze casting techniques, and features a 300 lb. natural gas metal furnace and a small 50 pound furnace. Pratt's forging studio offers students anvils, hand tools, a large gas forge and a trip hammer.
Pratt maintains a fully-equipped jewelry/metals studio, with fifteen bench spaces for students, three soldering stations, a hydraulic press, a step shear, a rolling mill and much more, including a buffing and finishing room. The separate hollow-ware studio houses a collection of over 85 specialty hammers and stakes, as well as kilns for enameling and casting.
For more information on Pratt classes or studios, visit www.pratt.org. Or call 206-328-2200 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please feel free to request our most recent course catalog.
Pratt Institute - School of Art & Design
200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205
Pratt Institute is one of the leading art, design and architecture schools in the United States. Founded in 1887 and located on a 25-acre beautifully landscaped enclosed campus in Brooklyn, NY. Classes on the forge and some blacksmith techniques. Offered also as a continuing education class. See www.pratt.edu for more information on classes in Metalworking on the Brooklyn Campus.
Prospect Hill Forge: The Blacksmithing Classroom
PO Box 541372
Waltham MA 12454-1372
781-608-0900 or 617-230-9572
Just west of Boston, Prospect Hill Forge offers classes in basic and
intermediate smithing. Classes are generally one three-hour evening
meeting per week, and usually last one, four, or twelve weeks. In
most cases class size is limited to four (one student per work
station) which keeps the student-teacher ratio low and allows a great
deal of individual attention for each student. Students as young as
13 can be accommodated. Forge rental is also available either by the
hour or by subscription.
Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts
760 Market Street, Suite 900
San Francisco CA 94102
Learn to make jewelry in just 3 days!
The Revere Academy is a professional jewelry school where master craftsmen pass on their skills and knowledge to students al all levels. Beginners and hobbyists as well as experienced working bench jewelers come for dozens of short intensive classes (1-5 days) and diploma programs (2-4 months). Classes include metalsmithing, casting, design, fabrication, repair, stone setting, wax carving and much more!
Register online or by phone.
Rhode Island School of Design
Continuing Education Department
2 College St
Providence, RI 02903-2789
401-454-6200 Main Number
401-454-6201 Continuing Education
Affectionately known as "Riz-dee" (RISD), the college offers blacksmithing classes through the Continuing Education Department. Blacksmithing class are held each spring and fall. Call, write or send an Email for a catalogue available six weeks prior to each semester.
Robert S Jordan – Artist/Blacksmith Art School
13 Captain Doane Way
Orleans, MA 02653
The School is a 4 forge facility offering beginning, intermediate, and advanced 2-day workshops. Instruction is given by Robert Jordan. Call or write for a complete and current schedule of classes.
Canada, N0G 1J0
Phone & Fax 519)366-2334
David has been teaching blacksmithing since 1993, and offers a range of courses from basic through to intermediate and pattern welded knifemaking. The shop is located 1.5 hours north of Kitchener, Ontario. Courses are generally set for 4 students at a time although individual instruction can be arranged. Fees start at $250.00 CND for 20 hour weekend course. Check the website under courses for course calendar and current offerings.
School of Visual Arts
209 East 23 Street
New York, NY 10010
Phone: 212-592-2050; 877-242-7200
"Creative Blacksmithing", FSC-2281-A, Instructor- Marsha Trattner
The School of Visual Arts offers New York City's first and only
Blacksmithing Course. "Creative Blacksmithing" is a full semester class for students of all levels, offered during the Summer, Fall and Spring semesters.
An introduction to the ancient art of blacksmithing, this course will use traditional and modern tools to create forged metal objects-functional and sculptural. Topics include: bending, drawing down, hot-cutting, spreading, twisting and braiding, sheet-metal forming, hot-punching and riveting. In addition to using gas and coal forges, thorough instruction is also given in all aspects of oxy-acetylene torch work: heating, cutting, welding, brazing and silver soldering.To register online, go to SVA WebAdvisor at:
https://webadvisor.schoolofvisualarts.edu or call 212-592-2050 for further information.
4042 Bones Road
Sebastopol, CA 95472
Karl teaches two day workshops on traditional knifemaking with a forge, anvil, and hammer. He teaches about modern tool steels and finishing techniques. All tools and materials are provided. Two students maximum, $300 per person/2 days. Karl's classes continue year-round.
Shelburne Craft School
PO Box 52
64 Harbor Rd
Shelburne, VT 05482
The Shelburne Craft School is a non-profit community resource dedicated to Art & Craft education. For over fifty years the school has provided a place for beginners to participate in studio arts and for experienced practioners to advance their techniques. Programs are supported in part by the Vermont Arts Council. Blacksmithing classes are offered each year during the months of May, June, July and August. Contact the school for an updated class schedule.
Simply Smithing Blacksmith Shop
Loren C. Roper Owner/Instructor
4435 Salt Creek Dr.
Duncan Falls, OH 43734
My basic and advanced classes will give you the knowledge to get started, or refine what you already know. Please see website for details. I offer two-day classes to fit your schedule. I take a maximum of two (2) students at a time, which gives you personalized service. Students will learn hammering, shaping hot iron, tapering, punching, drawing, upsetting, twisting, working, and maintaining a coal fired forge. In addition, shop layout, and safety will be discussed. The advanced classes the students will learn forge welding, heat-treating, hardening, tempering, and annealing. Give me a call or e-mail and we can discuss the details.
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
PO Box 4301
Carbondale, IL 62901-4301
For more information about the program contact
School of Art and Design
Established in 1968 by Professor Brent Kington, the blacksmithing program at SIU Carbondale (SIUC) is one of the only programs in the country to offer a Masters Degree of Fine Arts in blacksmithing. In 1997, upon Professor Kington's retirement, artist/blacksmith Rick Smith joined the faculty at SIUC. Professor Smith, MFA 1991 SIUC, was resident artist at Penland School of Craft (Penland, NC) prior to coming to teach at the university.
The program offers a "hands on" approach to learning and exploring the material and teaches both traditional and sculptural approaches. Students who are enrolled in the program have full access to the smithy, which houses a wide array of equipment and resources. There is active involvement in the student organization Southern Illinois Metalsmiths Society (SIMS), which holds an annual conference and brings such visiting artists as James Wallace, Hoss Haley, David Seacrest and Philip Baldwin. The program hosts many workshops, demonstrations and slide lectures by various artists from across the country each year. Because SIUC is a state university, many funding options are available including federal student loans, federal and state grants, scholarships, fellowships and assistantships.
Scotty Hayes, Director
2500 N. Robison Rd
Texarkana, TX 75599
903-838-4541 Ext 3236
The Continuing Education department offers the world's first School of Bladesmithing. The Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing classes include an introduction to blade forging, Damascus, and making handles & guards. Classes are offered from February-October. Scholarships are also offered. The courses are offered in cooperation with the American Bladesmithing Society www.americanbladesmith.com the Pioneer Washington Restoration Foundation and the Arkansas State Parks, Recreation and Travel Commission.
Thak the Blacksmith & Armorer
2282 Floradale Road
N3B 1VO Canada
Ontario based studio in business for 18 years providing 3 day basic, 2 day intermediate and 2 day armouring workshops by Robb Martin. Cost includes all materials and tuition is due upon reservation. With 4 forges, students are limited to 7 students. Japanese bladesmithing also available and 1 day intensive workshops for intermediate and advanced skill levels. Supplies available for purchase. Discount rates for reserving 2 courses and more in a year and for group reservations.
Oakland, CA 94607
The Crucible is an active educational non-profit that serves the entire San Francisco Bay area. The Crucible recently moved to a 47,000 square foot cement warehouse in Oakland. The classes are specifically designed to offer instruction in the fine art of the fire arts. The sculpture studio offers hands-on training in the industrial arts including, but not limited to, foundry work, blacksmithing, metal smithing, jewerly, ceramics, welding and glass. The Crucible currently has five full-time core staff. For a complete listing of classes visit their Website.
The Fine Line Creative Arts Center: See: Fine Line Creative Arts Center
10515 East OP Ave
Scotts, MI 49088
Tillers International offers training for Overseas Rural Development programs such as required by the Peace Corp. Classes are also open for those with a general interest in traditional blacksmithing. The school offers a Metal Working Series of blacksmithing courses: Blacksmithing Skills, Blacksmithing Tools, and Artistic Blacksmithing taught by nationally known smiths, with 6 coal forges and 12 anvils, thus providing for up to 12 students per class. On-site lodging is available.
Touchstone Center for Crafts
1049 Wharton Furnace Road
Farmington, PA 15437
800-721-0177 or 724-329-1370
Offering weekend and week-long workshops with nationally acclaimed artists and craftspersons for students of all levels of expertise. Classes are held from June through August at their mountain campus located in the scenic Laurel Highlands of Southwestern Pennsylvania. The blacksmithing studio includes a 100# power hammer. Class size is limited to ensure quality instruction. Scholarships available. Write or call for brochure and scholarship information.
Turley Forge Blacksmithing School
919-A Chicoma Vista
Santa Fe, NM 87507
Turley Forge is one of the grand-daddies of the blacksmithing schools, first opening its doors in 1970. More working smiths in the United States have graduated from Turley Forge than any other training session. Instructor Frank Turley began his career in 1963 and was the first recipient of the Alex Bealer Award for Outstanding Service to the Art of Blacksmithing in 1982. The three-week classes emphasize toolsmithing, hardware, and scrollwork. Students will develop the techniques of: drawing, upsetting, fullering, twisting, bending, forge welding, forge brazing, striking with sledge, and power hammer use. The curriculum is process-oriented and intensive, directed toward beginning and intermediate levels. Classes are 3 weeks in length. Six day introductory classes are available as well. Call or write for a brochure.
University of Washington
School of Art Box 353440
Seattle, WA 98195
Headed by Professor Mary Lee Hu the metals facility provides for holloware, jewelry, enameling and lapidary. Small scale non-ferrous casting, along with machining, electroforming and various hand forming and fabrication processes are available.
Fax: 011-44-01926 318300
Warwickshire College is a full-time program for one year that develops forgework, welding and design skills, leading to a BTEC National Certificate in Blacksmithing and Metalwork.
West Dean College
West Dean, Chichester
Phone: +44 (0)1243 811301
Fax: +44 (0)1243 811343
West Dean College has been engaged in education in the visual and applied arts including blacksmithing, music, gardening and conservation for more than 30 years. It is well known for its excellent tuition and specialist facilities, its stimulating environment and informal atmosphere. The College's programme of over 500 practical short courses runs throughout the year, enabling people to explore new subjects and ideas, develop skills and make useful and beautiful things. There are courses for all levels of ability, from complete beginner to professional blacksmith. As well as the short courses listed below, the College also runs a postgraduate diploma in Sculpture, Art & Site. Instructors include Peter Parkinson, Andrew Smith, David Tucker.
Western Development Museum (WDM)
2935 Melville St
Saskatoon, SK S7J 5A6 Canada
The WDM offers blacksmithing courses as a way of preserving the traditions, techniques, craftsmanship and trades of historic importance to Saskatchewan. If you are busy during the summer and would like to find winter course opportunities, the WDM offers an introduction to blacksmithing course at least three times each fiscal year during December, January, and February. Advanced blacksmithing courses are also available. For more information, write or call the Curatorial Centre.
White Hart Forge
1821 SE Creighton
Milwaukie, Oregon 97267
We are a blacksmith shop and ornamental ironworks located in the industrial central eastside of Portland, Oregon. Our background and emphasis is in tradtional techniques and artwork. We teach a basic blacksmithing class to get one started in understanding the craft. We also set up more advanced techniques classes and bladesmithing. All classes are set up as one-on-one instruction with plenty of hands on time at the forge. Classes are set up for a Saturday/ Sunday. The cost is $350 for a 2 day class and the student walks away with a basic knowledge of blacksmithing, several projects and tools, and a lot of fun. The basic course covers shop safety, how to hammer correctly, drawing out, upsetting, splitting and drifting, heat treating and tool dressing. Among the projects the student makes are tongs, punch and chisel. We are also available for teaching coal fired traditional blacksmithing and forge welding.
Worcester Center for Crafts
25 Sagamore Rd
Worcester, MA 01605
As part of the Adult School program, the metal studio at the Center is a place to develop as a metalsmith. Classes in forging and fabrication, cold forming and jewelrymaking allow the student to learn by demonstration and hands-on participation with the philosophy of exploration, shared learning, and hones critiques. The Center also has a two year certificate program for a career-oriented student in metalsmithing. This program has optional college credit thereby making full-time students eligible for loans and grants through affiliations with three colleges.
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