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Blacksmithing Workshop

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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.  Interested Students MUST COMPLETE this underage student APPLICATION prior to meeting with Blacksmithing Director.

If you have a question about the facility or registering for a class, please call Arc + Flame directly at 585-349-7110.

If you have any questions, please contact our Smithing Director, Candace Martens, at


  • 8-hour class period: 9:00am - 5:00pm (*Unless otherwise noted)
  • Enrollment: 3 to 10 students
  • All materials and safety equipment included
  • Breakfast snacks and lunch included
  • Complimentary coffee available and vending machines
Current Workshop Schedule: (Each class will focus on the topic listed)
  • Sunday, January 3rd: Tapers (9am-5pm)
  • Sunday, January 31st: Tongs (9am-5pm)
  • Saturday, February 13th: Tapers (9am-5pm)
  • Saturday, March 6th: Tongs (9am-5pm)
  • Sunday, March 7th: Tapers (9am-5pm)
  • Saturday, April 24th: Tapers (9am-5pm)
  • Sunday, April 25th: Scroll Finials (9am-5pm)
  • Saturday, May 1st: Twists (9am-5pm)
  • Sunday, May 2nd: Tapers (9am-5pm)
  • Saturday, June 5th: Punches, Chisels & Heat Treatment (9am-5pm)
  • Sunday, June 6th: Tapers (9am-5pm)

Project Descriptions:

  • Tapers (Skill Builder): Learn the fundamentals of hammer control and drawing out stock. Tapering is simply a gradual reduction in cross section toward a set point in the material. It is the primary skill of a blacksmith and a bladesmith. Since blades are composed of complex tapers this class is a prerequisite for anyone interested in taking knife classes at the Rochester Arc + Flame Center. (Open to all levels. If you already have forging experience and would like to attend a bladesmithing class, contact the Blacksmithing Director at to discuss dismissal of this requirement)
  • 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 $60 each and one needs dozens to fit a variety of stock sizes and tasks. Being able to make your own is an invaluable skill for any budding smith. (Open to all levels.)
  • Scroll Finials (Skill Builder): Learn the various treatments one can add to the end of a bar for the beginning of a scroll to add visual elegance to your designs. Several skills will be utilized for the various designs. Students will create a sample board to take home with them. (Open to all levels.)
  • Twists (Skill Builder):  Learn the various simple treatments one can add to a bar to add visual elegance and interest to your designs. Several skills will be utilized for the various twists. Students will create a sample board to take home with them. (Open to all levels.)
  • Punches, Chisels & Heat TreatmentLearn the fundamentals of tool making.  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. Students will start with a simple center punch and move on to chisels and punches as time permits. ( Open to all levels)

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:

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