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Darryl Ponder
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First steps

Unread post by Darryl Ponder » Thu Mar 14, 2013 7:46 am

Joining the Guild of Metalsmiths and taking a beginning blacksmithing class is a great way to start your journey into the art of blacksmithing!

The Guild conducts beginning blacksmithing classes annually. Three sets of classes, all identical, are held each year at a shop in Ramsey, MN. The first set starts in October, the second set in January and the third in February. Each set consists of four sessions, each held on a Saturday from 9:00am to 4:30pm. You will learn the basics and come away with new skills and one or more objects of your own creation such as a candle holder, blacksmith tongs, fire tools, etc. These classes fill up quickly, so you should monitor the Guild website starting in late August for registration information and register as soon as possible. Gordon Barr is head of membership services and handles beginners class registrations for the Guild (

The Guild uses the Controlled Hand Forging (CHF) course material created by ABANA, the Artist Blacksmith's Association of North America. The course material is available, for free, from ABANA in the resources/education/chf area of their website:

The Guild beginners course uses parts of chapters: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 20, 23

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