Toolmaking for Blacksmiths

August 19 - August 23, 2022

Toolmaking for Blacksmiths

$750.00

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

This workshop will cover the basics of making your own tools of the trade and expanding your skills as a blacksmith. Focus will be put on making tools that are both functional and beautiful to last a lifetime. Topics will include heat treating, tong forging and fit up, hammer making, handling, and more. Leave with your own hand forged tools and the skills to make more on your own.

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

Registration will open December 13th.

Level: Advanced 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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ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Anna Koplik

Anna graduated from Pratt Institute with a BFA in Jewelry and has worked as a blacksmith at a variety of craft schools and architectural shops. She travels often, working as a journeyman smith and teaching blacksmithing workshops. Anna is currently the Blacksmithing Artist Fellow at Peters Valley. She has a passion for educating and showing beginner smiths the many different possibilities blacksmithing has to offer. Her personal work focuses mainly on tool and utensil making, and combining functionality with a refined, delicate aesthetic.

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