(Updated 7/28/20) We have postponed recreational classes through 8/9 based on additional interpretation and advisement with New York State’s Phase 4 Guidelines. We remain hopeful/optimistic that we will receive approval from NYS to re-open within the month of August. Please read our re-open plan for more details!

Blacksmithing Workshop

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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.  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.

Project Descriptions:

  • Tapers (Skill Builder): 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)
  • Wizard Head: Project details will be available soon! Check our website often for all the latest updates and class info!
  • Tongs (Skill Builder)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.)
  • Forge Welding (Skill Builder): Learn the fundamentals of Forge Welding. Forge welding is sometimes referred to as hammer welding, it is where you use the heat from the fire and the pressure from the hammer to join 2 or more pieces of steel. It is one the primary skills of a blacksmith. This class is a prerequisite for any Damascus Classes.
       After covering the basics of a successful forge weld and how to achieve it students will be able to try various joint configurations. Students will create a sample board to take home.
       If you already have forging experience and wish to work on a specific project or advanced technique you must contact the Blacksmithing Director at blacksmithing@rocafc.com to confirm if we will be able to accommodate your project. (Open to all levels.)
If you have any questions, please contact our Smithing Director, Candace Martens, at blacksmithing@rocafc.com.


  • 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
  • Complimentary coffee available and vending machines
Current Workshop Schedule: (Each class will focus on the topic listed)
  • Sunday, August 16th: Tapers (9am-5pm)
  • Sunday, September 20th: Tapers (9am-5pm)
  • Sunday, October 18th: Tapers (9am-5pm)
  • Saturday, October 24th: Wizard Head (9am-5pm)
  • Sunday, November 29th: Tapers (9am-5pm)
  • Sunday, December 20th: Tapers (9am-5pm)

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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