Blacksmithing for Teens

May 11 - May 12, 2024

Blacksmithing for Teens


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $300
Material Fee: $75

Jump into  the amazing world of blacksmithing. You will learn basic techniques from tapers to scrolls, bending, forming, hot punching and drifting, hot cutting, basics of tool usage and selection from hammers to tongs to anvils and vises! Expect to leave with a baseline understanding of hot forging of steel, coal forge maintenance and tool use. Students with some previous experience are welcome too, there is always more to learn!

*This workshop runs from 9:00am-5:00pm each day.



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: Ages 13-17, Youth


Registration for this workshop has been closed.


Dan O’Sullivan

Dan O’Sullivan took a beginner blacksmithing class at Peters Valley in 1990. He has a BFA from Parsons School of Design. He attended the International College of French Wrought Ironwork in Muizon, France. He worked for many years with a high profile European Architectural Metalworking Company. He taught Blacksmithing at a two year trade school program in Ireland. Dan is now a Union Ironworker, Certified welding inspector and Educator, and pleased to be able to pass on some of what he has learned here at Peters Valley where he got his start.


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