Getting a Good Start: Beginning Blacksmithing

July 29 - August 2, 2022

Getting a Good Start: Beginning Blacksmithing


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $650
Material Fee: $85

Come learn the foundational skills of blacksmithing and how they can be applied to a variety of objects both sculptural and functional! This workshop will primarily focus on hand forging skills and proper technique at the anvil. Through a series of small projects we will learn tapering, bending, spreading material, fullering, punching and drifting, cold connections, and so much more! Participants will be encouraged to utilize these new skills in objects of their own design toward the end of the week. All levels are welcome.

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



Meghan Martin

Meghan Martin is an artist blacksmith currently living in Western North Carolina. Originally from central Vermont, Meghan began her metalworking career through the apprenticeship model. She is a two time recipient of The Vermont Folklife Center’s Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant, and completed a two year Core Fellowship at Penland School of Craft in 2016.  Meghan creates a wide range of work, including functional objects for the home, hand tools, and an evolving series of sculptural wall pieces. She draws inspiration from nature and her work as a gardener, creating pieces that delicately reference time, erosion, rock formations and other geologic phenomena.

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