When learning Blacksmithing, you are learning a new craft and art form. Your first class is simply designed to 'get your feet wet.' You will come away with the awesome new experience of hammering and forming hot iron and possibly even a small finished piece. Blacksmithing is a craft enjoyed and honed over a lifetime. Proficiency with time and practice. Eight-week courses are the standard at institutions such as the Cleveland Institute of Art because it takes ongoing study to learn solid fundamentals with a variety of new tools and techniques and to come away with a completed project. Students are welcome as often as they'd like to forge and as the shop calendar permits.
For the keenly interested, I strongly suggest multiple classes to save yourself money on shop time. In 3-4 classes you should be becoming comfortable with the hammer, anvil and hot iron. In 6-8 classes, you can reasonably expect to complete a beginner's project or a variety of small items. Over various classes, you will learn to use more new tools like welders, torches, drills, etc...
I am always open to projects that students have in mind. I can also provide copious material to get inspired on choosing a project.
Classes are generally one-on-one instruction for individually enrolled students, but couples and groups are always welcome! (there's more than enough heat and hammers to around)
Classes are held in my personal shop/studio in Broadview Heights, OH with easy access to I-77.
Where are classes held?
- A one-time, single class session is $88
- 3-5 classes purchased together are $75 each
- 6 or more classes purchased together are $68 each
Cost includes all steel, fuel, welding consumables and other shop supplies involved in introductory instruction. Larger, more ambitious projects simply require that you purchase steel and propane as fitting the project...or bring your own!
How much are classes?
- Regular weekday sessions are 6-9:00 pm
- Regular weekend sessions are 10:00am-1:00pm on Saturdays and by appointment on Sundays
- Other times available by request
when are classes?
Purchase as a gift
what should I bring/ what should I wear?
Closed-toe shoes...leather boots preferred.
Clear safety glasses if you have them or want to invest in a new pair for yourself, otherwise I have decent used ones.
Non-flammable clothing (think jeans, flannels, Carhartts, etc...polyester, spandex, other synthetics; not so much)
Fire-resistant gloves provided, feel free to bring your own.
We have internet, so music suggestions and playable electronics are welcome.
No. Students under 18 just have to have a parent or guardian sign our liability waiver.
Is there a minimum age?
The first couple hours are spent learning basic form of forging iron; heating, stance at the anvil, hammer swing, etc… In one-time intro classes, the take-home items usually include some useful wall hooks, simple jewelry, or fun-but-rudimentary fireplace/fire-poker/grilling/BBQ type tools, but I am always open to students’ interests. Multiple session classes expand on basics and focus on what the student is interested in!
What will we do/make?
*** All information above and below applies to my studio only. Information/purchasing for classes at other locations (Maker Mountain Studios, Cleveland Institute of Art, etc...) is handled directly through those institutions.