Atlas of Fire: Beginning Blacksmithing

October 12 - October 13, 2024

Atlas of Fire: Beginning Blacksmithing


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $395
Material Fee: $80

Experience moving hot steel with the power of your hammer swing! In this workshop, participants will learn how to blacksmith using a coal forge, anvil, hammer, and other hand tools. Through forging J hooks with decorative ends, participants will get a chance to work through many iterations of hooks and walk away with their own hand-forged objects, along with the skills and knowledge to continue exploring blacksmithing.

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
NOTE: Our Dining Hall is closed for the season so lunches are NOT included. 

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



Dani Spewak

Dani Spewak lives and works in central Pennsylvania (PA). She received her BFA in Sculpture from Penn State in 2018. Spewak has pursued decorative and farm blacksmithing as a way to add to the charm and function of the 1850s homestead she calls home. In addition to metal working she is an organic gardener, patchwork quilter, and environmentalist.

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