Classes: Smithing: Explanation
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 (forging) 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 wrought iron or steel by forging the metal, using tools to hammer, bend, and cut. Arc + Flame uses both gas and coal forges for blacksmithing. Keep in mind, blacksmithing classes are physically demanding and also hot in temperature! Blacksmithing classes at Arc + Flame come in the form of a 3-Hour Sampler, Workshops, Night Courses and a Date Night.
- Coppersmithing: Create objects from copper by forging the metal, using tools to hammer, bend and cut. Copper is generally considered to be a soft metal, meaning it can be worked without heating. Coppersmithing classes at Arc + Flame come in the form of Samplers, Workshops, Night Courses and a Date Night.
- Bladesmithing: Create knives/swords from wrought iron or steel by forging the metal, using tools to hammer, bend, and cut. This is an advanced process and requires students to have some prior blacksmithing experience. Bladesmithing classes at Arc + Flame come in the form of a Multi-Session Workshop and Night Course.
- Metalsmithed Jewelry: Shaping and hammering metal to create jewelry. Projects can include bracelets, earrings and rings. Metalsmithed Jewelry classes can be viewed by clicking here.
- 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 can be viewed by clicking here.
- Chainmail: Create jewelry by linking small metal rings together in a pattern. Chainmail classes can be viewed by clicking here.
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 ($75-$100): 2-3 Hour introduction to a particular class, times vary based on class
- Workshop ($150-$200): 8 Hour class session on a Saturday or Sunday typically from 8:00am-4:00pm
- Multi-Day Workshop ($150-$500): A series of weekend classes for comprehensive learning
- Night Course ($150-$500): Weekly classes for comprehensive learning, typically 6:00pm-9:00pm
- Date Night ($175): Couple's session typically 7:00pm-11:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays
- Professional Training: Qualification and career programs for tradespeople
- Studio Rental: Open class time for independent practice