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. 

Copper & Iron Workshop: Saltcellar
Monday – Friday August 2 – 6, 10:00am-12:30pm
THS: $200 or Non-Member: $250
Learn the similarities and differences between the working properties of copper and iron as you forge, anneal, work-harden, and otherwise transform these two metals to create a lidded bowl, known as a “saltcellar.” Learn hot and cold forging, raising, riveting chasing, and bending in this week-long workshop. Ages 12 & up. No prerequisite. 
Click here to register for Copper & Iron Workshop 

NEW! Family Blacksmithing
Offered April – November ǀ Mondays 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.
Click here to inquire  about Family Blacksmithing 

Blacksmithing Sampler  (SOLD OUT!)
Choose from:
June 25, 10:00 – 11:30 am 
OR August 20, 10:00 – 11:30am
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. This 90-minute class is great for beginners! Ages 10 & up.   No prerequisite.

Basic Blacksmithing Level 1 
Choose from:
Saturdays June 12 – July 24, 10:00am – 12:30pm (no class July 3) 
OR Wednesdays June 16 – July 21, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
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.
Click here to register for Basic Blacksmithing Level 1 on Saturdays
Click here to register for Basic Blacksmithing Level 1 on Wednesdays 

Copper & Iron Workshop: Saltcellar
Monday – Friday August 2 – 6, 10:00am-12:30pm
THS: $200 or Non-Member: $250
Learn the similarities and differences between the working properties of copper and iron as you forge, anneal, work-harden, and otherwise transform these two metals to create a lidded bowl, known as a “saltcellar.” Learn hot and cold forging, raising, riveting chasing, and bending in this week-long workshop. Ages 12 & up. No prerequisite. 
Click here to register for Copper & Iron Workshop 

Basic Blacksmithing Level 2
Saturdays August 21 – September 25, 10:00am-12:30pm 
THS Member: $310 or Non-member: $360
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.
Click here to register for Basic Blacksmithing Level 2 

Anvil Time
Offered April – November  
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.
Click here  to pay for Anvil Time  you have arranged with our Blacksmith 

Want more hands-on history? Check out our Folk Art Workshops, offered in partnership with the Michigan Folk School!  

 

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