Forge like a real blacksmith!
Come once to try it out and make a small project, or keep coming back to learn more and level up your skills!
Students will learn how to make individual items like basic hooks, leaves, bottle openers, keychains, etc. These are fun classes, and can be a great introduction to forging and blacksmithing.
Our fundamental blacksmithing classes follow a national curriculum and progress through three different levels, ranging from the very basics of blacksmithing to advanced techniques. The focus of these classes is on mastering the fundamentals of blacksmithing. Students will make projects in these classes, but the emphasis is on skill development and technique, as well as the other educational aspects of blacksmithing.
At Gizmo, we typically prefer a structured and more measurable teaching process that focuses more on skill development than producing a specific project.
Our skill based blacksmithing classes follow a nationally recognized curriculum. It is by far the best linear and progressive path for beginner and advanced blacksmiths to develop the skills of an effective blacksmith.
There are three different levels in the curriculum. Level 1 typically takes about 40-50 hours to complete. When Level 1 is complete, the student will have all of the basic skills of forging. From there, most students decide if they want to continue to more advanced skills through the Level 2 and Level 3 course, or jump in to our Journeyman curriculum.
The idea is that if a student can forge steel cleanly, to measurement, by drawing out, upsetting, punching, drifting, forge welding, etc., then they can transfer those skills to make anything they can imagine. With skill focused learning, the student still makes projects, but the focus is learning the skills above all else.
Time: 10am - 12pm
This class is designed for children and adults. Younger students are usually 9-12, but exceptions can be made students younger than that.
FACILITATED BY: David Walker @Fire Iron Forge
Learn the art of Stained Glass and create a window approximately 9''x 14'' using the copper-foil method.
Students will learn about choosing patterns, making pattern pieces, choosing glass, cutting glass, fitting glass pieces and grinding, foiling, soldering and attaching a lead border and hook, applying polish and patina, and how to choose their next project.
Dates: Tuesdays, Sept. 21 - Oct. 26th (6 weeks)
Time: 6-8:30 p.m.
A Glass Cutting tool kit is available to purchase if you don't already have those.
Ages 16 and up.
FACILITATED BY: Summer