*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!


Blacksmithing Sampler
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.


Anvil Time
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.
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