Education

Photo-treadle hammer demoWorkshops and Classes

The Guild of Metalsmiths offers various workshops and classes throughout the year.  Please check the latest issue of the Forum, the Upcoming Workshops, the Web Forum Events section and the Calendar section of our website to see which workshops and classes are currently open for enrollment.

Classes are offered in such areas as basic blacksmithing, intermediate blacksmithing, forge welding, forge building, hammer making, making struck tools, making tongs, knife making, mokume, leaf making, making a steel rose and  more. Our Education Committee is both excellent and busy!

Most classes, especially the beginning blacksmith classes, fill quickly, so be sure to register soon after the announcement of classes you are interested in. Classes are open to all, but workshop registration preference is given to Guild members in good standing. Otherwise, registration is first come, first served. Currently all registrations are accepted by check via mail only. For all but the beginner’s class, students are expected to have completed our beginner’s class or have equivalent blacksmithing experience from classes given elsewhere.

2013 Beginning Blacksmithing B ClassBeginning Blacksmithing Classes

Registration for the 2013-2014 season is closed. All classes are full.

Registration for the 2014-2015 set of classes will open in August, 2014.

Please be aware that classes fill up fast. You must be a Guild member to register.  For registration instructions please see:

www.metalsmith.org/education/beginners-blacksmithing-classes/

and see the official announcement on page five of the Forum at:

http://www.metalsmith.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/082013forum.pdf

Photo-Beginning Blacksmiths C class 2013

Back row: Emmett Cassidy, Larry Tanttari, Jerry Foote, Rob Jewell, George Auel, Roland Sigurdson
Front: Bob Brown, Herb Fick
Not pictured: Bill Krawczeski, Conor Brennan, Steven Olivo

Due to the demand for a comprehensive approach to learning basic blacksmithing  skills, we offer three entry level classes each year.  Each class meets 4 Saturdays, 8 hrs each day.  Curriculum is identical for each class set, but the teams of volunteer instructors rotate. We strive to maintain a ratio of 1 instructor for every two students. These classes start in October, January and February of each year. We use parts of the ABANA Controlled Hand Forging curriculum, the whole of which can be seen and downloaded here:

ABANA Controlled Hand Forging

We look forward to seeing you in class!

For more information on classes contact Gordon Barr agbarr@aol.com