Forging Pairs

June 9 - June 11, 2023

Forging Pairs


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $515
Material Fee: $85

This beginning blacksmithing class will focus on making pairs to learn forging and fastening techniques in steel. We will jump right into heating and shaping at the anvil, then learn how to join our parts through welding or mechanical means, all in preparation for our crowning class achievement – a uniquely designed pairing of your choice. Examples could range from a set of spoons, a pair of tongs, or even bookends. Guest blacksmith Tom Maiorana will be joining us, so you will also have a pair of instructors!

Workshops run from 9:00am to 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: Adult



Marc Maiorana

Marc Maiorana is a full time metalsmith and has taught workshops at the Haystack School of Crafts, Peters Valley School of Craft, Penland School of Craft, and Yestermorrow Design Build School. His work has been featured in Audi, American Craft, Dwell, Food and Wine, Gourmet, Metalsmith, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. A former Penland resident artist, Marc was awarded a Professional Fellowship from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and is in the permanent collection of The Peabody Essex Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Metal Museum, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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