Blacksmithing Basics

Course Information

Sat, 05/01/2021 - 9:00am to Sun, 05/02/2021 - 4:00pm
Sat, 10/16/2021 - 9:00am to Sun, 10/17/2021 - 4:00pm
18 and up.

This class is overnight and includes camping.  

This class will be a 2-day beginners-oriented exploration of the various black smithing techniques useful in the creation of tools & crafts related to outdoor living skills.

Through instructor demonstrations, visuals-aided lecture, and hands-on forging sessions, all students will experience and practice these techniques directly. Several projects will be undertaken step-by-step as a group, with each student fully involved in their individual pieces. The class will touch-on: basic hammer control, safe forging practices & guidelines, drawing-out material, fullering & spreading, tapering, rounding,  upsetting & heading, scrollwork, bending, shouldering, twisting, punching, and chisel-work.

Class projects may include Craft awls, J-hooks, S-hooks, firepokers, coal rakes, cooking skewers, hide scrapers, hanging brackets, camp & shelter spikes, and more. Hammers, tongs, and project materials will be provided for in-class use. Supplemental information packets will be yours to take home.  Safety glasses and gloves will be available & required for forging.  Cotton/cotton-based long sleeved & long pants clothing will be needed for this class.

Class will be 9am-5:30pm on Saturday, and 9am-4pm on Sunday.  Lunch break will be from 12-12:30pm. Be prepared for full days outdoors while standing, sitting, and working with your hands using light tools. 
Please contact us with any questions you may have.
Instructor Jared Kapsiak
Blacksmithing has fascinated Jared his entire life, as a traditional art & craft.  He first learned smithing while working in outdoor education, teaching Living History in the Catskills. 
Since 2009, blacksmithing has become a hobby and a passion for Jared, with an interest in functional crafting, tool & knifemaking, and decorative forging. The creative, practical, and inventive nature of smithing is both fulfilling & inspiring to him. 
Starting in 2014, Jared has volunteered in a blacksmith studio in northwest Connecticut specializing in ornamental ironwork and decorative hardware for outdoor & indoor spaces. The creation of unique, custom, pieces that bring people joy is a point of great satisfaction for Jared.

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Directions, Gear & Logistics

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Registration Forms

Online registrations are preferred, but registration by mail is accepted. Either proceed online above, or mail in the forms below with a check for the deposit.