Beginning Blacksmithing

September 10 - September 11, 2022

Beginning Blacksmithing

$425.00

Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $355
Material Fee: $70

Learn to forge metal with a hammer and anvil while gaining basic working skills of blacksmithing tools and techniques. Topics covered will include; coal forge maintenance, hammering techniques, use of tongs, anvils, and vises. Hands-on work will teach you to create tapers to scrolls, bending, forming, hot punching, riveting and hot cutting. Expect to leave with basic skills and understanding needed to forge hot steel. If you have prior experience this class will help you refresh your skills.

*Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day

Registration will open December 13th.

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

Jon Hadden

Jon Hadden has been forging steel since 2015. He started learning from home before taking his first class at Peters Valley School of Craft. Jon has also taken classes at The New England School of Metalwork in Auburn ME before returning to Peters Valley in 2018 and 2019 as the studio assistant in the Blacksmith Shop. Jon began teaching classes at Peters Valley in 2019. Jon is most interested in the raw nature of the metals he works with and the natural beauty that emerges from them. He enjoys creating beautiful pieces that are also of practical value.

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