Turning Up the Heat: Advanced Blacksmithing Techniques

September 6 - September 8, 2024

Turning Up the Heat: Advanced Blacksmithing Techniques


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $540
Material Fee: $90

In this 3 day workshop, we will explore beyond the beginner level and dive deeper into the world of forging. Participants will flesh out their understanding of basic forging processes and learn how to forge and heat treat tools of their own in order to create a final, complex project. Those with prior experience will get the most out of this workshop. Let’s light some fires, and turn up the heat!

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
Lunch is included for all participants


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



Jon Hadden

Jon Hadden has been forging since 2015. He took his first class at Peters valley that summer and has been hooked ever since. He went on to receive further instruction at the New England School of Metalwork before returning to Peters Valley to serve as the Blacksmithing Studio Assistant for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. He has taught classes in the Peters Valley Blacksmith shop since 2019.

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