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!
Blacksmithing is a physical art and safety is our number one priority. Students swing hammers, work with hot metal, and move between workstations on a packed dirt floor. For their own safety and that of others, all students must be able to take direction from our instructor. If you have questions about Blacksmithing classes or about accessibility and accommodations, please contact us before registering!
Please note, cloth face masks should not be worn while working at the forge; face shields will be provided to students upon request.
Summer 2022 Classes
Basic Blacksmithing Level 1
Saturdays July 16 – August 20, 10am – 12:30pm
THS Member: $310 or Non-member: $360
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. Participants must be available to attend all 6 sessions.
Click here to register for Basic Blacksmithing Level 1
Saturdays July 16, 23 & 30, 1:30 – 3:30pm
THS Member: $275/pair or Non-member: $325/pair
Discover the world of traditional blacksmithing as you learn 7 basic hand-forging techniques. Together, you and your child (age 10 & up) will make a butter machete! Child participant must be age 10 or older. No prerequisite. Participants must be available to attend all 3 sessions.
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Monday – Friday, August 8 – 12, 10am – 12:30pm
THS Member: $200 or Non-member: $250
Discover firsthand the similarities and differences between copper and iron as you transform these two metals into a tabletop sculpture using design elements from famous mid-century abstract paintings. You will learn both hot and cold forging, form folding, repoussage and chasing as well as tube making, swaging, dapping, stamping, and riveting in this week-long workshop. Ages 12 & up. No prerequisite.
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Classes are offered April – November ǀ THS 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.
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Family Blacksmithing Class
Classes are offered April – November ǀ THS Members: $220/group or Non-Members: $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. No prerequisite. Ages 9 & up. Note that pricing for Family Blacksmithing is per class, not per student! Click here to inquire about Family Blacksmithing.