Blacksmithing for Teens

October 7 - October 8, 2023

Blacksmithing for Teens


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $295
Material Fee: $70

Ages 13-17

We will introduce and review the basic blacksmithing techniques, safety, and fire maintenance with a few small projects such as a flipper for the grill. With guidance from the instructor and studio staff, students will then be encouraged to create their own small forged objects suitable for the remaining time. In past classes these objects have included animal heads, snakes, dragons, flowers, hooks, letter openers, bbq forks and more.

Workshops run from 9:00am-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: Ages 13-17, Youth


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Dan O’Sullivan

Dan was introduced to Blacksmithing at Peters Valley while in college in 1990. After graduating from Parsons School of Design, Dan apprenticed as a Blacksmith. This led him to train at the International College of French Wrought Ironwork in Muizon, France. Dan worked many years for a high end ornamental Iron company.  He left to teach blacksmithing at a trade school in Ireland.  He is now a Union ironworker, Certified Welding Inspector, and Educator, and proud to continue to be a returning instructor sharing these skills at Peters Valley.


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