Intro to Blacksmithing: Ironwork for the Home and Garden


Heat iron 'til it glows, shape it on an anvil, and make cool stuff!

From 10 am until 5 pm Sunday

$90 - $150 sliding scale (explanation below)

Explore the fascinating art of blacksmithing! If you've ever wondered what it's like to heat steel until it glows and hammer it into shape on an anvil, this workshop is for you. In this introductory class, students will practice basic blacksmithing skills such as managing a forge, heating steel to workable temperatures, and tapering, bending, twisting, punching, and slitting red-hot metal. Based on personal skill level, you will be able to make wall hooks, cooking utensils, fireplace pokers, plant hangers, garden tools, and more. You will also learn how to set up your own "smithy" (blacksmithing studio) at your home: we'll discuss the apparatus, tools, and materials you need and how to acquire them. You'll have a great time "playing with fire," and you'll leave with at least one finished project. No experience necessary. All tools and materials provided.

About the instructor: Greg Price is from Warrenton, Virginia and literally grew up with a hammer in his hand building houses alongside his father. In 1999 he apprenticed as a blacksmith at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina, where he studied under some of the nation’s premier blacksmiths. Greg has been a professional blacksmith for the past sixteen years, and he returns to the Folk School annually to teach beginning, intermediate, and advanced blacksmithing. His commissions range from single accent pieces to outfitting entire residences in ironwork. His work has also been featured in Schiffer Publishing’s Ironwork Today 2: Inside & Out.

WHAT IS A SLIDING SCALE? In order to make our classes available to a broad and diverse audience, we use a sliding scale payment model, which means YOU CHOOSE how much to pay, within a given range. Paying lower in the scale is like receiving a scholarship. Paying higher in the scale helps cover the true cost of the class. You can pay MORE than the high end of the scale: this “extra donation” helps make our sliding scale possible. Thank you for considering your situation and resources carefully as you make your decision!


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