NOTE: Students under the age of 16 MUST contact Arc + Flame Blacksmithing Director (Candace Martens) for an evaluation prior to enrolling in a smithing class. Candace can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 585-617-9644. Interested Students MUST COMPLETE this underage student APPLICATION prior to meeting with Blacksmithing Director.
If you have a question about the facility or registering for a class, please call Arc + Flame directly at 585-349-7110.
Arc + Flame Blacksmithing Workshops are an excellent way to learn and explore blacksmithing. Our experienced instructors will use a combination of lecture, demonstration and hands-on instruction at the forge to enhance your learning experience.
Skill Builder Workshops focus on the fundamental techniques in blacksmithing. These could include tapering, bending & straightening, upsetting, twisting, punching, cutting, joinery and hammer control. Student practice samples will vary each class but students will be able to take all of them home. Returning students can email project ideas to the instructor for pre-approval.
This year if you sign up for four or more skill builders at one time you qualify for a discount and our online technical series class add-on. This add on will include additional information on design and compilation of skills as well as more complex project ideas that could be tackled during our skill builder classes. To learn more please contact Arc + Flame Blacksmithing Director Candace Martens at email@example.com
- Sunday September 4th: Tapers (9am-5pm)
- Saturday, September 10th: Chisels & Heat Treatment (9am-5pm)
- Sunday, October 9th: Tapers (9am-5pm)
- Saturday, October 29th: Leaves (9am-5pm)
- Sunday, November 6th: Tapers (9am-5pm)
- Saturday, December 3rd: Forging in a Coal Forge (9am-5pm)
- Sunday, December 4th: Tapers (9am-5pm)
- 8-hour class period: 9:00am - 5:00pm (*Unless otherwise noted)
- Enrollment: 3 to 10 students
- All materials and safety equipment included
- Breakfast snacks and lunch included
- Vending machines available
NOTE: Blacksmithing Classes are very interactive and involve significant physical activity. Please make sure to wear boots, sneakers, or other shoes that cover your entire foot, jeans or other pants that cover your entire leg, and a cotton t-shirt. Do NOT wear flip-flops, open toed shoes, yoga/sweatpants, leggings or highly flammable clothing. If you any have concerns with your vision, hearing, hand dexterity or mental health please contact Arc + Flame Center at 585-349-7110 before signing up for this class. We want to ensure the best possible class experience for all of our students!
Click below to view details on specific projects: (The list below contains examples of various topics offered, however each class focuses on only one. Each available class date will specify the corresponding project.)
Learn the fundamentals of hammer control and drawing out stock. Tapering is simply a gradual reduction in cross section toward a set point in the material. It is the primary skill of a blacksmith and a bladesmith. Since blades are composed of complex tapers this class is a prerequisite for anyone interested in taking knife classes at the Rochester Arc + Flame Center. (Open to all levels. If you already have forging experience and would like to attend a bladesmithing class, contact the Blacksmithing Director at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss dismissal of this requirement)
Learn the fundamentals of forging in a coal forge. We'll show you how start a good fire and keep it going as you work. This course will address some of the common problems smiths face when working with the ever changing environment of solid fuel fire. This is one of the fundamental skills of a blacksmith and a bladesmith. Don't be left frustrated any longer by not being able to control the heat you need to do the work you love. (Open to all levels.)
This session will focus on various leaf forms and how they are created with just a hammer and anvil. Well, maybe some decorative tooling as well. (Open to all levels.)
Learn the fundamentals of tool making. This session will focus on how to make some of the basic tools in every smithy's tool box and how to heat treat them appropriately for their intended uses. Students will start with a simple center punch and move on to chisels and punches as time permits. (Open to all levels.)
Learn the fundamentals of creating mortise and tenon joinery while making a table top wine bottle holder. Mortise and tenon joints are mechanical connections that join two or more pieces together. This is a traditional blacksmith joinery method that is not only structurally sound but it also a unique design element that can be added to the overall aesthetic of the piece. (Open to all levels, but some forging experience is recommended.)
This session will introduce students to cold working both copper and steel sheet metal with hand tools. Students will learn to cut out shapes to minimize filing and cleanup work. They will then add interesting chased elements to the surface for added decoration and detail. (Open to all levels.)
Learn the various ways one can add flow to a project by adding visual elegance to your designs with curves. Students will create a small shelf with decorative scrolls utilizing rivets. (Open to all levels, but some forging experience is recommended.)
Household hardware is equipment that can be touched by the hand such as keys, latches, hinges, handles and utensils. Cup pulls are drawer or cabinet handles that assist in opening compartments. It is common to find these on cabinets and dressers. Learn the fundamentals of forging some of this functional hardware for your own use. Students will learn various ways to create these simple forged elements. This session will focus on some simple cup pulls and the tools necessary to make them consistently. Students may will leave will they tools they make and their prototypes for inspiration. (Open to all levels)
Tongs are critical tools for the blacksmith. They must securely hold blistering hot steel while the iron is worked under the hammer yet be light and agile. A set of tongs will run $30 to $60 each and one needs dozens to fit a variety of stock sizes and tasks. Being able to make your own is an invaluable skill for any budding smith. (Open to all levels.)
Learn the fundamentals of tool making. This session will focus on how to make some of the basic tools for decorating the dragon's head and how to heat treat them appropriately. (Open to all levels, but some forging experience is recommended.)
Learn the fundamentals of creating a dragons head to accent your work. One of the benefits of hand made items is the ability to decorate as you'd like and animals have always been a favorite. We'll explore how to manipulate the material to preform the specific shape needed, how to decorate the shape with punches and finally how ensure they fit and flow with whatever you're adding them to. (Open to all levels, but some forging experience is recommended.)
Learn the fundamentals of forging decorative and functional hardware for your garden. Students will learn various ways to create simple forged elements for a garden gate. The amount of hardware actually completed will depend on student skill level and time management. (Open to all levels.)
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NOTE: Our programs are designed to be as inclusive as possible. However, if you have any concerns with your vision, hearing, hand dexterity or mental health please contact Arc + Flame Center at 585-349-7110 before signing up for this class. We want to ensure the best possible class experience for all our students.
Students must be AT LEAST 16-years of age to attend class unless otherwise noted (ie: Fusing Tike, Teen and Creative Kids Classes) OR approval from Department Director.
Please make sure to wear close-toed sneakers or boots, jeans and a cotton t-shirt. Do NOT wear flip-flops, open toed shoes, shorts, skirts, or highly flammable clothing.