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.
If you have a question about the facility or registering for a class, please call Arc + Flame directly at 585-349-7110.
Forge Welding: 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 email@example.com to confirm if we will be able to accommodate your project. (Open to all levels)
Damascus Billet: This class will cover the basic process of forging pattern welded Damascus steel. Students will weld up a small billet and explore the basics of pattern development.
Students can expect to learn the process of choosing steels that will give good pattern and function well together in the final billet. The class will cover how to lay out and prepare the steel for forge welding both in the starting stack and in subsequent re-stacks. Special attention will be given to hand work and the making of patterns well suited to limited machinery. The main areas of pattern development will be explored as well as touching on some more advanced patterning techniques.
Once the billets are forged and patterned, the class will grind and polish a window or sample tile to etch and reveal the pattern. The class will cover several techniques to etch the sample for higher contrast. The techniques taught in this class should offer students the building blocks to begin an exploration of Damascus patterns on their own. (This class has a pre-requisite of a welding class, either MIG/TIG or forge welding.)
(NOTE: Above are examples of various topics offered, however each class focuses on only one. The topic of each class is listed with the corresponding date.)
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.
NOTE: Blacksmithing Classes are very interactive and involve significant physical activity. 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. 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!
- (1) 3-hour class period: 6pm-9pm, and (1) 8-hour class period: 9:00am-5:00pm
- Breakfast snacks and lunch included
- Enrollment: 3 to 10 students
- All materials and safety equipment included
- Complimentary coffee available and vending machines
Current Workshop Schedule (Each class will focus on the topic listed)
- January 2021: Forge Welding: Friday, Jan. 29th (6pm-9pm) & Saturday, Jan. 30th (9am-5pm)
- March 2021: Damascus Billet: Friday, Mar. 26th (6pm-9pm) & Saturday, Mar. 27th (9am-5pm)
June 2021: Forge Welding: Friday, Jun. 25th (6pm-9pm) & Saturday, Jun. 26th (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: firstname.lastname@example.org.