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.

Classes are offered April – November
Sign up to receive Blacksmithing class schedules in the spring, summer, and fall. The following types of classes are offered on evenings and/or weeknights:


Basic Blacksmithing Level 1
Six-week introductory level course includes materials and 15 hours of instruction
Experience the art of blacksmithing as it was practiced in the late 1850s. Learn how to work at an anvil, operate a forge and tend to a coke fire. Discover how malleable iron can be as you make your own hand trowel while learning 11 basic hand-forging techniques. Ages 12 & up.
No prerequisite.

Basic Blacksmithing Level 2
Six-week level 2 course includes materials and 15 hours of instruction
Build on skills learned in Basic Blacksmithing Level 1 to forge your own pair of blacksmithing tongs! This 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.

Basic Blacksmithing Level 3
Four-week level 3 course includes materials and 10 hours of instruction
This class builds on the skills you learned in Basic Blacksmithing Level 1 and Level 2 to introduce forge welding, plus techniques such as drifting, hot cutting, and bending. Ages 12 & up.
Prerequisite: Basic Blacksmithing Levels 1 & 2.

Anvil Time Blacksmithing
Four-week course includes all or most materials* and 8 hours of supervised shop time
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 four-week course. Ages 12 & up.
Prerequisite: Basic Blacksmithing Level 1.
*Depending on your choice of project, some materials may be extra.

Partner Project Blacksmithing
Three-week introductory level course includes all materials and 6 hours of instruction
Learn 4 basic hand forging techniques as you discover the world of traditional blacksmithing inside our 19th-century Wagon Shop. Working with your partner (this could be your child, significant other, friend, co-worker, whomever you sign up to take the class with!), you will forge your own fun and useful kitchen utensil to take home by the end of this three-class series. Ages 12 & up.  No prerequisite.

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