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Blacksmithing Workshop

Product Description

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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. 

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

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)
  • Twisting (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)
  • Forge Welding (Skill Builder): Sometimes referred to as hammer welding, forge welding is where you use the heat from the fire and the pressure from the hammer to join 2 or more pieces of steel. It is one the primary skills of a blacksmith. This class is a prerequisite for any Damascus Classes. After covering the basics of a successful forge weld and how to achieve it students will be able to try various joint configurations. Students will create a sample board to take home. (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 $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)
  • Collaring (Skill Builder): Learn the fundamentals of collaring, one of the traditional joinery techniques used in blacksmithing. 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. 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. (Open to all levels.)
  • Bending Rings, Corners & Spirals (Skill Builder): Learn the various ways one can add flow to a project by adding visual elegance to your designs with curves. Students will create a sample board to take home with them. (Open to all levels.)
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, February 3rd: Tapers (9am-5pm)
  • Saturday, February 9th: Tongs (9am-5pm)
  • *Sunday, February 10th: Bending Rings, Corners & Spirals (8am-4pm) *Note time change
  • Sunday, March 3rd: Tapers (9am-5pm)
  • Sunday, March 10th: Forge Welding (9am-5pm)
  • Sunday, April 7th: Tapers (9am-5pm)
  • Saturday, April 13th: Tongs (9am-5pm)
  • Sunday, April 14th: Twisting (9am-5pm)
  • Sunday, May 5th: Tapers (9am-5pm)
  • Saturday, May 11th: Collaring (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:

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