Please be aware that these dates are tentative and that we will regulate visitor numbers based on CDC safety recommendations and Michigan state reopening guidelines. If we must postpone your Blacksmithing class, we will contact you via email with new class dates, giving you the option to keep your registration or to opt for a refund instead.
*Note: Social distancing guidelines prevent us from offering our introductory-level blacksmithing classes to new students this summer; we hope to offer Basic Blacksmithing Level 1, Blacksmithing Sampler and Partner Project to new students this fall, if social distancing is relaxed.
In the meantime, we plan to offer blacksmithing classes and shop time to returning students only (see schedule below), as well as our Copper & Iron Metalsmithing workshop for both new and returning students. Register at 248-524-3570. Space is very limited!
Cloth face masks should not be worn while working at the forge. Face shields will be provided to students.
Summer 2020 Class Schedule:
Basic Blacksmithing Level 2
Sundays June 14 – July 26 (no class July 5), 10am – 12:30pm
Saturdays July 25 – August 29, 10am – 12:30pm
Learn the technique of shouldering and take on the challenge of creating mechanical movement with mating parts as you make your own blacksmithing tongs during this six-week course. Focus will be on developing consistency and control in various hammering techniques, as well as a better understanding of the relationship between anvil, metal and hammer. Ages 12 & up. Prerequisite: Basic Blacksmithing Level 1. Price: $270/Troy Historical Society Member; $320/Non-Member.
SOLD OUT! Copper & Iron Metalsmithing Workshop – New Students Welcome!
Monday – Friday ǀ July 27 – 31 ǀ 10am-12:30pm
Learn the similarities and differences between working with copper and iron as you forge, anneal, work harden and otherwise transform these two metals to create a “porringer,” also known as a two-handled bowl. This five-day workshop covers the techniques of raising, riveting, forging, chasing and bending, and more. Students will work with both hot and cold metal. Ages 12 & up. No prerequisite. Price: $200/Troy Historical Society member; $250/Non-member. This workshop is sold out. Please call 248-524-3570 to join the waitlist. If the waitlist is long enough, we may be able to add a second workshop.
Basic Blacksmithing Level 3
Thursdays August 6 – August 27, 6:30pm-9:00pm
This four-week semi-private lesson is an introduction to forge welding with emphasis on the science behind metal diffusion and its potential for artistic expression. You will focus on developing proper technique before turning out a double helix serving fork. Ages 12 & up. Prerequisite: Basic Blacksmithing Levels 1 & 2. Price: $270/Troy Historical Society Member; $320/Non-Member.
Weekend and weekday (morning, afternoon and evening) classes are forming. Please contact the Village for current availability. Hone your basic blacksmithing skills by working on a project of your choice. Come to the shop prepared to discuss your ideas for a project. Ages 12 & up. Prerequisite: Basic Blacksmithing Level 1. Price: $150/Troy Historical Society Member; $190/Non-member.