Blacksmithing for Teens

May 28 - May 30, 2022

Blacksmithing for Teens


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $350
Material Fee: $80

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-4:00pm 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


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Mak Henriksen

Mak is a metalsmith and maker from the Pacific Northwest whose work is inspired by the forested shores of the Salish Sea. After a 2-year apprenticeship in Seattle, Mak left the west coast to pursue the lifestyle of a journeyman blacksmith, traveling the country expanding their familiarity with forging and fabrication by working in various shops and studios. Since 2019, Mak has worked seasonally in the blacksmith studio at Touchstone Center for Crafts in Farmington, PA. Mak also runs Nettlefire Forge, crafting small items for the home and homestead.

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