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Arc + Flame is still not cleared to run any classes for the general public, including open torch flameworking. As a result, we have postponed all classes through Sept. 30th, 2020. This is based entirely on New York State’s mandates pertaining to COVID. Our center is open for retail and walk-in customers from 9am-5pm, Monday through Friday. Our Fall 2020 Welding & Fabrication Industry Certificate Program through Monroe Community College is currently able to run because of direct partnership with higher education. The same goes for our collegiate welding classes for engineering students through Rochester Institute of Technology and machining and HVAC students through Monroe Community College. Please read our re-open plan for more details. We appreciate your understanding.

Blacksmithing 2-Night Workshop

Product Description

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$165.00

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.

 Project Descriptions:

  • 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.)
  • Tool MakingThere is no satisfaction like making something with tools that you've made. This workshop will focus on forging functional tools for use in the woodshop. Students will start by learning about appropriate steels and how to process them to bring out the desired qualities in hand tools such as durability, edge retention, and sharpenability. We will then select and plan projects bases on individual needs and abilities. As a warm up project, we will make a marking or "striking" knife used for precisely laying out cuts. After completing the warm up project, the remainder of the workshop students will forge to their selected projects which may include a drawknife, froe, chisels, adze, scores, plane blades, etc. 
         Students are welcome to contact the instructor prior to class to discuss specific tools to ensure the best material selections are available. 
    This is an interactive, hands on course where you will be forging tough materials. The focus of this class is forging. Adding handles and doing the final sharpening are exercises left for home, though basic edge geometry will be established in the class. (Open to all levels. Students with prior forging experience may attempt more complex projects.)

(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 Night Classes are an excellent way to learn and explore forging. Our experienced instructors will use a combination of lecture, demonstration and hands-on instruction at the forge to enhance your learning experience.

These classes are designed as skill building endeavors that focus on the fundamental techniques used in working steel. Students will work building the skills needed to be able to take their projects to the next level.

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!

If you have any questions, please contact our Smithing Director, Candace Martens, at blacksmithing@rocafc.com 

Details: 

  • 2 - 3.5-hour class periods: 6:30pm-10:00pm
  • Enrollment: 3 to 10 students
  • All materials and safety equipment included
  • Complimentary coffee available and vending machines
Current Night Course Schedule (Each class will focus on the topic listed)
  • Next Session TBD

 
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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