Beginning Blacksmithing

October 28 - October 29, 2023

Beginning Blacksmithing

$445.00

Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $375
Material Fee: $70

In this introductory course, you will learn the basics of blacksmithing. Using ancient techniques like tapering, drawing out, bending, hot cutting, punching, and beveling, participants can expect to acquire enough knowledge to get started. A strong emphasis will be put on learning fundamental skills and design as both are necessary to master blacksmithing.

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
Lunch is included for all participants

Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult

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ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Nate Weiss

Hailing from south central Pennsylvania, Nate Weiss is a metalsmith whose passion for metalwork began as a teenager. Gathering an education from craft schools such as Penland, Touchstone, and Peters Valley, Nate has been able to work as a professional metalsmith for several years. Working a broad range of jobs – from architectural ironwork, to goldsmithing – has allowed Nate to cultivate a unique skillset, the influences of which are seen in his work. Focusing on traditional forging techniques, with an interest in benchwork, Nate’s aim is to create one of a kind objects that invoke a sense of wonder and are meant to be passed on.

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