The Trade

Blacksmiths need technical ability and practical skills as well as a thorough knowledge of metals and other materials.

Blacksmithing Classes

Blacksmithing is a highly-skilled trade. Not only do blacksmiths need technical ability and practical skills, they also need a thorough knowledge of metals and other materials, good coordination, problem-solving skills, as well as creativity and design skills.

Kirk Sullens offers Blacksmithing Classes for beginners as well as intermediate level students. You will receive basic instructions and learn how to heat metal on a forge then hammer, draw and bend it. The classes help develop strength, attention to detail, perseverance and skill. All classes are limited to three students so you receive individual attention.

Beginners

Beginning Blacksmithing classes are designed to give you basic instruction on correct hammer control, basic fire maintenance, and the most commonly used blacksmithing processes; drawing a taper, bending, and twisting. Anyone with reasonable eye/hand coordination can handle this without prerequisite knowledge.

If you can routinely drive a nail without making hammer marks in the wood you drive the nail into, you should be fine in this class.

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Blacksmithing for Beginners

Starts: TBA
Level: Beginner

Basic instruction on correct hammer control, fire maintenance and commonly used  processes.

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Basic Bladesmithing

Starts: TBA
Level: Beginner

Focuses on hammer control and fire maintenance, as well as an overview of heat treatment.

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Chasing and Repoussé

Starts: TBA
Level: Intermediate

An introduction to the techniques raising and sinking sheet metal to create texture and volume

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