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Bladesmithing Workshop: 5-Days with Elmer Roush

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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 blacksmithing@rocafc.com or 585-617-9644. 

If you have a question about the facility or registering for a class, please call Arc + Flame directly at 585-349-7110.

Session One: Viking Axe (October 21st - 25th, 2019): Elmer will be teaching how to make a Viking style axe during this course. The axe head will be hand forged from mild steel with a high carbon bit forge welded in.

Session Two: Beastly Tools (October 28th - November 1st, 2019): Elmer will be teaching how to make your tools look like they're having a good time during this course. The tools will be hand forged from medium carbon steel then students will use decorative tooling to give them faces! (Students are welcome to bring tool blanks that they have made)

Experience: Open to all levels but prior experience is always welcome. This is a physically and mentally demanding course, please come ready to get dirty and work hard!

Elmer will be teaching two separate 5-day classes while at Arc + Flame. See above for a description of each session.

About the ArtistElmer began blacksmithing in 1970 and has been operating a full time blacksmithing business since 1987. His work has included specialized tools, 18th century style hardware, traditional and contemporary architectural work and a production line of candle holders, letter openers and fireplace tools.

Elmer has taught at a number of schools including Peters Valley, Touchstone, Appalachian Center for Crafts, and the John C. Campbell Folk School. He has also demonstrated widely at local and state blacksmithing conferences across America.

Can't wait to get started? Check out our skill builder classes to get your hammer arm ready:

Workshop Schedule: (*Price reflects only one session)

  • Session One: Viking Axes: Oct. 21st - Oct. 25th, 2019 (9am-5pm each day): $725
  • Session Two: Beastly Tools: Oct. 28th - Nov. 1st, 2019 (9am-5pm each day): $725

Class Details: 

  • Enrollment: 4 to 10 students in each session
  • All materials and safety equipment included
  • Breakfast snacks included
  • Lunch for all 5 days is available for an additional $65, or a refrigerator and microwave will be available for those who wish to provide their own. 
  • Complimentary coffee available and vending machines
  • Each session is a week long class with full days in the shop

NOTE: If you would like to participate in our lunch program, please purchase the separate "Blacksmithing Lunch Plan" that corresponds to your class (click here). If you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions, please let us know by emailing info@rocafc.com.

NOTE: Are you traveling from out of town? Click here for lodging + food information!

    Student Health / Dress Code / Refund Policy:

    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. Please make sure to wear close-toed sneakers or boots, jeans and a cotton t-shirt. Do NOT wear flip-flops, open toed shoes or highly flammable clothing. Please read our class refund policy. If you have any questions, contact our administrative team at 585-349-7110 or email: info@rocafc.com.

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