Introduction to Forging and Fabrication

June 23 - June 27, 2023

Introduction to Forging and Fabrication


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $735
Material Fee: $85

Participants in this workshop will learn how to move material through foundational forging techniques such as tapering, fullering, shouldering, bending, sheet metal forming, and more! Small introductory projects will focus on creating objects through combining forged forms with fabrication. You will learn how to cold connect pieces through riveting and learn how to use a MIG welder to tack weld and plug weld. While projects will emphasize small functional objects participants will be encouraged to utilize their new skill sets to create an object of their own design.

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


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Meghan Martin

Meghan Martin is an artist blacksmith currently living in Western North Carolina. Meghan creates a wide range of work including sculpture, garden tools and functional objects for the home. She draws inspiration from nature and her work as a gardener, creating pieces that delicately reference time, erosion, rock formations and other geologic phenomena. Meghan began blacksmithing through an apprenticeship and was a two-time recipient of the Vermont Folklife Center’s Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant. She completed the Core Fellowship at Penland School of Craft and has taught summer workshops at Penland and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.

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