Classes: Smithing: Explanation
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SMITHING: A metalsmith is a craftsperson that creates useful items out of various metals. Smithing is one of the oldest metalworking occupations. Shaping metal with a hammer and anvil is the most prominent component of smithing. Often the hammering is done while the metal is hot, having been heated in a forge.
Blacksmithing: Create objects from steel by heating and forging the metal, and using tools to hammer, bend, and shape. Arc + Flame uses both gas and coal forges for blacksmithing classes. Keep in mind, most smithing classes are physically demanding and also hot in temperature! Blacksmithing classes at Arc + Flame are available as 3-Hour Sampler, Workshops, Night Courses and Date Nights.
Metal & Coppersmithing: Create objects from copper and other non-ferrous metals by using various tools to hammer, bend, shape and cut. Non-ferrous metals are generally more malleable than ferris metals like steel, and can often be worked without heating. Coppersmithing classes at Arc + Flame are available as Samplers and Date Nights.
Bladesmithing: Create knives/axes from carbon steel by forging the metal, and using tools to hammer, bend, and cut. Arc + Flame uses both gas and coal forges for bladesmithing classes. Keep in mind, most smithing classes are physically demanding and also hot in temperature! Bladesmithing classes at Arc + Flame are available as Multi-Session Workshops and Night Courses. (*Please Note: Bladesmithing is an advanced process and requires students to have prior forging experience. Our tapers classes are great for this.)
JEWELRY: We have enameling, chainmail and metalsmithed jewelry classes available:
- Metalsmithed Jewelry: Create jewelry using fundamental metalsmithing techniques such as soldering, forming, and texturizing. Projects include, but are not limited to, bracelets, earrings, cuff links, pendant and rings. Metalsmithed Jewelry classes at Arc + Flame are available as 3-Hour Samplers, Workshops, Night Courses and Date Nights.
- Enameling: Create jewelry made by fusing powdered glass to a substrate by firing. The powder melts, flows and then hardens to a smooth, durable coating on metal. Enameling classes at Arc + Flame are available as 3-Hour Samplers and Workshops.
- Chainmail: Create jewelry by linking small metal rings together in a pattern. You will have the opportunity to make your own jump rings, or make a bracelet from a selection provided. Chainmail classes Arc + Flame are available as 3-Hour Samplers.
Arc + Flame offers a variety of class formats to suit your availability, learning style and budget. There are variations for each class's course type, but the general outline is as follows:
Sampler: 3.5-hour introduction to a particular process, typically offered on a weeknight from 6:30pm-10:00pm
Workshop: 8 Hour class session on a Saturday or Sunday, typically 9:00am-5:00pm
Multi-Day Workshop: Comprehensive, multi-day classes of varying lengths, typically held over a series of consecutive days or weekends
Night Course: Weekly classes for comprehensive learning, typically 6:00pm-9:00pm
Date Night: Couple's session typically 7:00pm-11:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays