Hot Iron Blacksmith

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Training / Education

Blacksmith Classes

Blacksmithing classes are offered for introduction to blacksmithing through advanced levels. The classes emphasize techniques and processes useful for hobby and artistic blacksmithing. The Introduction class explains the use of coal forge fires and the fundamentals of hammer and anvil forging.  For students interested in learning more, the Level II class continues from the Introduction class basics.  After successful completion of Level II, the student will have fulfilled the Illinois Valley Blacksmith Association "Beginning Blacksmithing" criteria. Fees include all necessary tools, materials and lunch when offered.   More details follow:

  • Introduction class requires no prior blacksmithing experience.  It is a low intensity opportunity for students to enjoy a hands-on feel of blacksmithing.  The half day class starts with an hour of safety instructions, description of a coal fire, anvil, hammers, tools and the day project. Student will be working with tools immediately after the initial instructions. The take home project is a  steak turner made from a round piece of mild steel.  Registration is via email, Facebook or phone.  Class fee is $100 payable at registration by check or PayPal. Winter class size is limited to four students. Fall and Spring sessions are limited to five.
  • Level II class.  This class follows from the Introduction class basics.  This a full day of blacksmithing.  New techniques are introduced in the forming of nails, leaves and other projects such as heart hook hanger and beer bottle opener as time and student abilities allow.  Registration is via email, Facebook or phone.  Class fee including lunch is $150 payable at registration by check or PayPal
  • Advanced processes and tool making classes are intended for the serious student desiring to learn and develop further skills.  Attendance at these classes require prior participation in the beginning level classes or equivalent experience.  These are generally full day classes.  The ABANA National Cirriculum apprentice program will be offered starting in 2022.  Registration is via email, Facebook or phone.  Class fee including lunch is $150 payable at registration by check or PayPal.
  • Private weekday classes can be scheduled for individuals, couples and small groups of five or less.  Class fee is $150 per student payable at registration by check or PayPal.

Note:  Blacksmithing is a potentially dangerous activity.  All efforts are taken to minimize potential injuries but there is an inherent risk in working with tools, fire and hot metal.  Medical expenses associated with any injuries incurred during the class are the responsibility of the student.  Minimum student age is 16 and must be accompanied by an adult.


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"Bud,  Thank you so much for the awesome workshop experience last weekend!  I had a blast & Phil was on cloud 9.  Please tell Janelle ‘Thank you for the delicious lunch’!!  The whole day was just great."  - Elly & Phil

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Hot Iron Blacksmith

Hot Iron Blacksmith