Hang On: An Introduction to Blacksmithing

June 17 - June 21, 2022

Hang On: An Introduction to Blacksmithing


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $650
Material Fee: $100

This is an amazing opportunity to gain a wealth of knowledge from a father/son blacksmithing duo! You will learn steel forging techniques while designing and making a variety of hangers – such as coat hooks, pot racks, sign holders +. Start with lighting the forges and end with finished hangers of all kinds to bring home. Forging, forming, and joinery techniques will be emphasized, as well as the steps necessary to bring a sketchbook drawing to life. Expect to learn about steel’s malleability while working hard and having fun.

*Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm 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: Adult


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Tom Maiorana

Tom Maiorana started forging iron in 1972 when he enrolled in a program for shoeing horses, a time when you were taught how to forge all the different types of horseshoes which are now mass produced. His shoeing career did not last but a few years when he dedicated himself full time to creating a blacksmith business marketing custom items as well as craft fair and household pieces. In time, the income from this small business was not adequate to support Tom’s family and he managed a farm project for a mental health organization and then with his wife went into the blacksmith supply business where they warehoused and sold a wide variety of blacksmith tools and products. It was this supply business that allowed him to keep pursuing forgework, even though part time, as opportunities seemed to always come around for custom work. Tom and his wife sold the supply business after 26 years, which allows him much more time to work at the anvil.

Marc Maiorana

Marc Maiorana learned blacksmithing from his father and earned a BFA in Metalsmithing from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He was a Penland resident artist and has taught at Peters Valley, Yestermorrow, Haystack, and Penland. He is the recipient of a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship and his work has been featured in American Craft, Metalsmith, Food and Wine, and the New York Times. Marc’s work is in the permanent collection of the Peabody Essex Museum, Metal Museum, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery. His production wares have been shipped to clients in 22 countries.  He has been a full time maker since 2002.

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