*Note: All Blacksmithing classes are currently paused as the Village adheres to guidelines around COVID-19.
Blacksmithing Classes at the Village!
Learn the art of blacksmithing in our Village Wagon Shop. Working under the guidance of Resident Metalsmith Rose Weiss, students practice 19th-century forging techniques to create unique works of art.
More Blacksmithing classes will be offered this summer, including Partner Project and Coppersmithing—stay tuned for dates and details!
Choose from: Wednesday May 6, 6:30-8:00pm OR Saturday June 27, 1:00-2:30pm OR Saturday June 27, 3:00-4:30pm
Step alongside the Village forge and discover what it’s like to ‘make the anvil ring!’ Learn 4 basic hand forging techniques while making your own square nail as it was done centuries ago in this 90-minute intro class. Ages 10 to adult. No prerequisite. Troy Historical Society Members: $40/student; Non-members: $50/student.
Basic Blacksmithing Level 1
Saturdays, May 9 – June 20, 10am-12:30pm (no class 5/23) OR
Wednesdays, May 27 – July 1, 6:30-9pm
Six-week introductory course teaches you to work at an anvil, operate a forge and tend to a coke fire while learning 11 basic hand-forging techniques to make your own trowel. Ages 12 & up. No prerequisite. Troy Historical Society members: $270/student; Non-members: $320/student.
Basic Blacksmithing Level 2
Sundays, April 19 – May 31, 10am-12:30pm (no class 5/24) OR
Thursdays, May 21 – June 25, 6:30-9pm
Build on skills learned in Basic Blacksmithing Level 1 to forge your own pair of blacksmithing tongs! This six-week course teaches you the technique of shouldering, as you take on the challenge of creating mechanical movement with mating parts. Ages 12 & up. Prerequisite: Basic Blacksmithing Level 1. Troy Historical Society members: $270/student; Non-members: $320/student.
Basic Blacksmithing Level 3
Thursdays, April 16 – May 7, 6:30-9pm
Semi-private 4-week course introduces students to forge welding and scroll forming with several options for a final project. Ages 12 & up. Prerequisite: Basic Blacksmithing Levels 1 & 2. Troy Historical Society members: $270/student; Non-members: $320/student.
Hone the skills acquired in Basic Blacksmithing Level 1 by working on a project of your choice over the course of four supervised shop sessions. Come prepared to discuss your ideas for a project. Weekend, weekday, morning, afternoon and evening classes forming. Please contact the Village for current availability. Ages 12 & up. Prerequisite: Basic Blacksmithing Level 1. Troy Historical Society members: $150/student; Non-members: $190/student.
Announcing: 6th Annual Blacksmith Student Touring Exhibition
View pieces created by our blacksmithing students during the 2018-19 year, on display at the Bloomfield Township Public Library (1099 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Twp.) from February 6 – March 4. Visit the library website at btpl.org for hours and directions. You can see the exhibit for free anytime the library is open and no registration is required.