The Art of Hammer Control

August 26 - August 30, 2022

The Art of Hammer Control


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

The ability to cleanly and accurately shape iron is central to success in the art of blacksmithing. The tools to achieve this goal are numerous, but of primary importance are the hammer, the anvil, and a trained eye. Utilitarian household objects like spatulas, spoons, and forks, while basic shapes, are great ways to train your eye and hand. This class will focus on building hammer control through making these types of cooking implements. As you work through these objects you will build confidence in your ability to use the hammer, anvil, and a few other basic tools. This class is aimed at those who want to hone their hammer skills and make a useful item in the process!

*Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day


Level: Intermediate
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



Aislinn Lewis

Aislinn Lewis is from Virginia and got started in blacksmithing at a small historic site near her when she was in high school. She also got involved with the local Heathsville Forge Blacksmith Guild, and worked alongside the members of the guild for several years. She then attended the American College of the Building Arts in Charleston, SC, studying with Jay Close and Richard Guthrie, and earning a Bachelors of Applied Science in Ornamental Ironwork. After this she served a five year apprenticeship in the Anderson Blacksmith Shop in Colonial Williamsburg under Ken Schwarz, and now works as a Journeyman smith in that shop. She is passionate about the continuation of the trade and understanding the history of it through studying and applying traditional techniques.

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