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.
Tapers (Skill Builder): 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. This is an excellent class for aspiring bladesmiths. (Open to all levels)
Twists (Skill Builder): 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)
Forge Welding (Skill Builder): 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)
Tongs (Skill Builder): Tongs are critical tools for the blacksmith. They must securely hold blistering hot steel while the iron is worked under the hammer yet be light and agile. A set of tongs will run $30 to $40 each and one needs dozens to fit a variety of stock sizes and tasks. Being able to make your own is a valuable skill for any budding smith. (Open to all levels.)
Scrolls (Skill Builder): 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)
Railroad Spike Knives: Father’s day is the next week, this class is perfect! Make a classic piece of Americana, the Railroad Spike Knife. With two sessions, there’s no excuse not to have a fathers day gift. Better yet, sign dad up too! (Open to all levels.)
Hand Tools (Skill Builder): There is no satisfaction like making something with tools that you have also made. Students will forge various punches and chisels used when either cold or hot working steel. Using carbon steel students will hand forge various punches and chisels, grind them to refine the shape and perform a basic heat treat on them. (Open to all levels.)
If you have any questions, please contact our Smithing Director, Candace Martens, at email@example.com.
Current Workshop Schedule: (Each class will focus on the topic listed)
- 8-hour class period: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Enrollment: 3 to 10 students
- All materials and safety equipment included
- Breakfast snacks and lunch included
- Complimentary coffee available and vending machines
- Sunday, August 26th: Forge Welding (9am-5pm)
- Sunday, September 9th: Tapers (9am-5pm)
- Saturday, October 27th: Tongs (9am-5pm)
- Saturday, November 3rd: Tapers (9am-5pm)
- Sunday, November 11th: Tongs (9am-5pm)
- Sunday, November 25th: Tapers (9am-5pm)
- Saturday, December 1st: Tongs (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.