Blacksmithing Skill Building Workshop

Product Description

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 or 585-617-9644. 

RocAFC Blacksmithing Skill Building 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.

Skill Building Workshops focus on the fundamental techniques in blacksmithing. These could include tapering, bending & straightening, upsetting, twisting, punching, cutting, joinery and hammer control. Student practice samples will vary each class but students will be able to take all of them home. Returning students can email project ideas to the instructor for pre-approval.

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!

Types of Projects:

  • Tapering: Learn the fundamentals of hammer control and drawing out stock. Tapering is simply changing the cross section of the metal in a controlled fashion. This is an excellent primer for those interested in learning to forge blades which are just complex tapers. (Open to all levels. Forging experience is a plus.)
  • Twists: Learn the fundamentals of decorative twisting. We will start with simple square stock and progress to more complex composite pieces based on students abilities. (Open to all levels. Forging experience is a plus.)
  • Forge Welding: Learn the fundamentals of using coal forges for joining steel with heat and hammers. Students will practice and destructively test various forge welds. (Open to all levels. Forging experience is a plus. This class is limited to 5 students.)
  • Joinery: Mortise and Tenons: Learn the fundamentals of basic mechanical joinery. This class will focus on making rivets, tenons and mortises. Students will leave with a sample board showcasing each. (Open to all levels. Forging experience is a plus.)
  • Joinery: Collars: Learn the fundamentals of connecting multiple elements. This class will focus on how to forge collars, how to size them and decorate them. (Open to all levels. Forging experience is a plus.)
  • Scrolls: Learn the fundamentals of bending steel. Students will create a number of scrolls out of various stock sizes so they will become familiar with how the different cross sections bend. (Open to all levels. Forging experience is a plus.)
  • Scroll Finials: Learn the various treatments one can add to the end of a scroll to add visual elegance to your designs. Students will create a sample board to take home with them.

     (Open to all levels. Forging experience is a plus.)
  • Square Corners: Learn the fundamentals of creating a nice sharp corner in steel. Students will be shown several methods and have the opportunity to try them all. (Open to all levels. Forging experience is a plus.)
  • Upsetting: Learn the fundamentals of making stock larger. Students will learn to upset the end of their stock as well as to upset the center of the stock. Various uses will be discussed and multiple procedures will be shown. (Open to all levels. Forging experience is a plus.)
  • Punching, Slitting and Drifting: Learn the fundamentals of hot punching and slitting steel. Students will learn how to hot punch or slit steel and the effects this can have on the steel and the design once drifted. A sample bar will be created showing various punched, slit and drifted holes and how they have changed the overall bar. (Open to all levels. Forging experience is a plus.)
If you have any questions, please contact our Smithing Director, Candace Martens, at 


  • 8-hour class period: 8:00am - 4:00pm
  • Enrollment: 3 to 8 students
  • All materials and safety equipment included
  • Breakfast snacks and lunch included
  • Complimentary coffee available and vending machines
Current Workshop Schedule (*Price reflects only one of the following dates)
  • Sunday, May 21st: Twists (8am-4pm): $150
  • Sunday, May 28th: Tapers (8am-4pm): $150
  • Sunday, June 4th: Forge Welding (8am-4pm): $150
  • Sunday, August 13th: Tapers (8am-4pm): $150
  • Sunday, August 20th: Twists (8am-4pm): $150
  • Sunday, August 27th: Forge Welding (8am-4pm): $150
  • Next Session TBD


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