Learn the art of blacksmithing in our historic Wagon Shop! Beginner and intermediate classes are offered in the spring, summer, and fall. Check back here for schedules and class descriptions or join our Blacksmithing email list!
Please note, cloth face masks should not be worn while working at the forge; face shields will be provided to students. Workstations will be spaced to maintain at least 6ft of distance between members of different households.
Saturday March 27, 1pm-2:30pm
THS Member: $48 or Non-member: $58
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 tapered nail as it was done centuries ago. Great for beginners! Ages 10 & up. No prerequisite.
NEW! Family Blacksmithing
Offered April – November ǀMondays and Fridays, morning, afternoon, or evening
THS Member: $220/group or Non-member: $270/group
Schedule a private, 2-hour introductory blacksmithing class just for your family or friend group (maximum 4 people). Learn 4 basic hand forging techniques while making your own square tapered nail as it was done centuries ago. Ages 9 & up. No prerequisite.
Basic Blacksmithing Level 1
Saturdays April 24 – June 5 (no class May 29), 10am-12:30pm (Saturdays – SOLD OUT)
Wednesdays April 28 – June 2, 6:30-9pm
Price: $295/Troy Historical Society Member; $345/Non-member.
Learn 12 basic hand-forging techniques as you make your own trowel during this six-week introductory course focused on the fundamentals of traditional blacksmithing. Learn how to properly swing a hammer, operate a coal forge and pump a centuries-old bellows. Ages 12 & up. No prerequisite.
Sundays April 25, May 2, and May 9, 1pm-3pm ǀTHS Member: $275/pair or Non-member: $325/pair
Grab a buddy and discover the world of traditional blacksmithing. Together, the two of you will practice 6 basic hand-forging techniques over the course of three weeks. You’ll learn to “spread and pack a blade” while forging your own butter machete, a fun and useful kitchen utensil. Ages 10 & Up. No prerequisite.
Basic Blacksmithing Level 2
Thursdays April 29 – June 3, 6:30-9pm ǀTHS Member: $295 or Non-member: $345
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.
Offered April – November ǀTHS Member: $150 or Non-member: $190
Hone the skills you acquired in Basic Blacksmithing Level 1 while working on a project of your choice. Students are encouraged to make something that is meaningful to them. You may choose from a variety of projects or create your own. Come to class prepared to discuss your ideas for this 4-week course. Ages 12 to adult. Prerequisite: Basic Blacksmithing Level 1.