Blacksmithing Workshop: 5-Days with Kim Thomas

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.

Ornamental Ironwork

In this class the students will construct a Pediment of classical design such as would top a gate or window grill. The students will begin by drawing out the pediment full size and then building to the drawing. The skills of design and construction techniques, both traditional and current to-date will be taught through hands on participation.

The purpose of the class will be to teach how a master craftsman approaches these tasks (demystify) and explain variations. The instructor's focus is to teach an understanding of good design, instill a high standard level in the students attitude toward their work while at the same time understanding the need for economy in their labor.

Depending on the students ability and use of time, each student may also create sample elements of what they have learned to take home with them. Upon completion of the course each student should come away with a greater understanding (and appreciation) of what classical ironwork is, and an excitement (along with the ability) to create their own pieces with confidence.

NOTE: Students must be competent at the forge and be able to draw a taper and scroll the end of a bar on the anvils horn without supervision. There will also be forge welding involved. Students need not be masters of forge welding however class time will not be compromised by extended teaching of this one technique.

Workshop Schedule:

  • May 2019 Session: Monday, May 20th, 2019 through Friday, May 24th, 2019 (9am-5pm daily)
Class Details: 
  • Enrollment: 3 to 10 students
  • All materials and safety equipment included
  • Breakfast snacks included
  • Lunch for all 5 days is available for an additional $65, or a refrigerator and microwave will be available for those who wish to provide their own. 
  • Complimentary coffee available and vending machines
  • This is a week long class with full days in the shop. Evening open shop time may be available at the instructor's discretion. 

NOTE: If you would like to participate in our lunch program, please purchase the separate "Blacksmithing Lunch Plan" that corresponds to your class (click here). If you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions, please let us know by emailing

NOTE: Are you traveling from out of town? Click here for lodging + food information!


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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