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.
Arc + Flame is now offering an extended series of Technical Workshops. This is a 12 class series that will focus on the fundamental skills needed for ornamental ironwork. These classes will take place on the first Saturday of the month from 9am-5pm and are an excellent way to learn and explore.
Our experienced instructors will use a combination of lecture, demonstration and hands-on time to enhance your experience. This series is designed as a skill building endeavor to prepare students to be able to take their projects to the next level.
2019 Technical Series Schedule:
January 5th: How to Manage a Fire, Coal & Gas, and Hammer Control: This first session will focus on fire management and basic hammer control. Students will learn how to use the hammer to get material to move how they wish.
February 2nd: Chisels, Tools and Basic Heat Treatment: This session will focus on how to make some of the basic tools in every smithy's tool box and how to heat treat them appropriately for their intended uses.
March 2nd: Tongs: This session will show students how to make some of the most basic but important tools a smith can own, tongs. We will explore different jaw configurations and material usage for each.
April 6th: Forge Welding: This session will cover the basics of forge welding and some of the most common configurations that are used.
May 4th: Square Corners: This session will explore square corners, the various methods of achieving them and the pros and cons of each.
June 1st: Rivets, Tenons & Mortices: This session will cover the fundamentals of mortice and tenon joinery. We will also cover rivets and bolts.
July 6th: Scrolls and their Finials: This session will focus on how to create scrolls and some of the more common finials that are used to add interest and finesse to them.
August 3rd: Leaves: This session will focus on various leaf forms and how they are created with just a hammer and anvil, well maybe some decorative tooling as well.
September 7th: Collars: This session will focus on joining multiple items with collars. We'll explore how to calculate the amount of collar material they'll need, how to form and decorate them and finally how to hot fit them.
October 5th: Sheet Work, Intro to Cold Chisels: This session will introduce students to cold working sheet metal with chisels to cut close to intricate design outlines to minimize filing and cleanup work.
November 2nd: Making and Using Stake Tools: This class will introduce students to small stake tools with complementary hammers and how to use them for creating 3 dimensional forms.
December 7th: Small Box or Grille: As a final project students will create a small decorative box with elements they have been creating all year.
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!
- 8-hour class period: 9:00am-5:00pm on the first Saturday of every month
- Enrollment: 3 to 10 students
- Experience: Open to all levels
- All materials and safety equipment included
- Breakfast snacks included
Students must provide their own lunch. There will be a 30-minute lunch break during each class, and a refrigerator and microwave will be available for student use.
- Complimentary coffee available and vending machines
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: email@example.com.