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Blacksmithing Workshop

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PLEASE READ: Students must be AT LEAST 16-years of age to attend class unless otherwise noted (ie: Fusing Tike, Teen and Creative Kids Classes) OR approval from Department Director. Our programs are designed to be as inclusive as possible. However, if you have concerns with your physical or mental health, cognitive processing, vision, hearing, or hand dexterity PLEASE contact us at 585-349-7110 or email info@rocafc.com before signing up! We want to ensure a satisfactory and SAFE experience for you, and all students and faculty. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

$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.  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 blacksmithing@rocafc.com.
 

Details: 

  • 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)
  • Saturday, April 24th: Tapers (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 blacksmithing@rocafc.com 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)
  • Wizard Head: This 8 hour workshop will cover the process and allow for the smith to forge a Wizard Head from 1/2 inch bar steel. The focus, being on the form and careful application of tool and hammer blows. A demonstration of how to make the tools for the process is included. This workshop is available to any skill level. Time and the abilities of the smith will dictate what is accomplished during the session. (Open to all levels)
  • Sheet Work, Intro to Cold Chisels: This workshop will introduce students to cold working sheet metal with chisels to cut close to intricate design outlines to minimize filing and cleanup work. Focus will be on hinges. (Open to all levels)
  • Making and Using Stake ToolsThis class will introduce students to small stake tools with complementary hammers and how to use them for creating 3 dimensional forms. (Open to all levels)
  •  LeavesThis 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. (Open to all levels)

 
Student Health / Dress Code / Refund Policy:

NOTE: Students must be AT LEAST 16-years of age to attend class unless otherwise noted (ie: Fusing Tike, Teen and Creative Kids Classes). 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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