Hammer & Tongs: Learning to Forge

July 16 - July 20, 2021

Hammer & Tongs: Learning to Forge


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $615
Material Fee: $100

In this introductory workshop students will learn the “King of Trades”: Blacksmithing. You will begin by learning how to start and manage a coal fire. Basic processes and methods will be covered which will allow you to bend steel to your will! You will also learn about finishing methods to make your creations look their best. Whether you’ve been thinking about it for a while now, or you are just looking to add another skill to your tool-kit, there is something for everyone in Blacksmithing.

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



Jon Hadden

Jon Hadden has been forging steel since 2015. He started learning from home before taking his first class at Peters Valley School of Craft. Jon has also taken classes at The New England School of Metalwork in Auburn ME before returning to Peters Valley in 2018 and 2019 as the studio assistant in the Blacksmith Shop. Jon began teaching classes at Peters Valley in 2019. Jon is most interested in the raw nature of the metals he works with and the natural beauty that emerges from them. He enjoys creating beautiful pieces that are also of practical value.