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Blacksmithing

Blacksmithing

 

Blacksmithing Fundamentals

June 2, June 30 and August 4 | 8am, 10am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm

Learn the fundamentals of blacksmithing in our small-group, hands-on training session. Topics will include learning how to heat with a coal-fired forge and techniques for safe hammer usage. The student will have the choice of creating either a wall hook or bottle opener. All tools and materials are included with registration. Students are recommended to bring their own safety glasses and wear a long sleeve shirt and jeans for protection. There is a maximum of four students per session for Fundamentals classes to provide adequate one-on-one instruction.

Cost: $50 per person ($40 instruction + $10 materials)

Duration: 2 hours

Choose a class:

June 2: 8am  

June 2: 10am

June 2: 12:30pm

June 2: 2:30pm

June 30: 8am  

June 30: 10am  

June 30: 12:30pm

  June 30: 2:30pm

Aug. 4: 8am

Aug. 4: 10am

Aug. 4: 12:30pm

  Aug. 4: 2:30pm

 

Intermediate Blacksmithing

July 14, September 1 and September 22 | 8am, 10am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm

Intermediate blacksmithing explores the use of chisels and punches, and gives students the opportunity to impart their own artistic flare through decorative hammering. Students create a plant hanger with decorative leaf work or a hay penny scroll for ends. Students are required to have either taken the beginner class or have prior experience blacksmithing. There is a maximum of three students per session for increased one-on-one instruction.

Cost: $60 per person ($45 instruction + $15 materials)

Duration: 2 hours

Choose a class:

July 14: 8am  

July 14: 10am

July 14: 12:30pm

July 14: 2:30pm

Sept. 1: 8am  

Sept. 1: 10am  

Sept. 1: 12:30pm

Sept. 1: 2:30pm

Sept. 22: 8am   

Sept. 22: 10am  

Sept. 22: 12:30pm  

Sept. 22: 2:30pm


About the Instructor

Jonathan Bernard began blacksmithing at the Eastern States Exposition in Springfield, MA where he volunteered from 2000-2013 in their Colonial-era smithing shop. In 2012 Jonathan purchased a portable forge and farrier's anvil, and began demonstrating at school programs as part of the 9th Mass Light Artillery, a Civil War reenactment unit. In 2014 he moved to the Rochester, New York, area and currently works with school groups as part of the 1st NY Light Artillery Civil War reenactment unit. For the past three years he’s been invited by the Gettysburg National Parks service to the Spangler Farm site for presentation of his craft with the unit’s traveling forge wagon.  Jonathan takes great joy in teaching blacksmithing to people of all ages and skill levels to ensure that the craft lives on.

 


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