Benson Designs, LLC - Custom Ornamental Metalwork

Blacksmithing Classes

Blacksmithing Classes
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Please sign up for class info to the right, then you'll be one of the first ones to know the schedule for 2017-18!

Get your blood moving and smack some hot metal! Gift certificates are available!

All classes take place in my blacksmith shop, so you're surrounded by the tools and materials I use daily. Attendees should be 15 years of age or older.

Just click on a class button below and you can register for a class right from this page. Classes can fill up quickly, so register soon!

If you want to get on the mailing list, sign up in the form on the right side of the page. Then, when new class information is ready, you'll get the email notice.

I hope to see you this winter! We'll make sparks and squish some hot metal.

Jeff Benson Artist Blacksmith

 

2016-17 BLACKSMITHING CLASSES

Here's the class breakdown. Click on a link to go to the longer description and see dates and times.

 

INTRODUCTION TO BLACKSMITHING

Whole Day Blacksmithing Class

Take your pick of one or more whole-day classes. This is an informal introduction to blacksmithing that gives you a chance to get some basic instruction and try your hand at blacksmithing in a real blacksmith shop with all the tools and materials provided. After a short orientation and demonstration you’ll start out making some simple hooks to get the feel of working with hot steel and tools. After that you can choose from a number of projects with instructions or work on a project of your own design within reason. You can expect to take home several small projects.

Some examples of projects you can make are hooks of various styles and sizes, letter knife, steak turner, fire poker, railroad spike knife, railroad spike hatchet, bottle opener, grill skewers, cheese cutter, candle holder, trivet, simple jewelry, fire steel/flint striker.

No prior experience is needed for this class.

I PROVIDE:

  • Forges
  • Anvils
  • Hand tools
  • Materials
  • Forge fuel
  • Instruction
  • Guidance

YOU PROVIDE:

  • Sturdy footwear
  • Cotton clothing
  • Gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Water bottle
  • Lunch
  • Enthusiasm

Click on a class button to start the sign up process. Participants must be 15 years of age or older. Registration is first come first serve. Payment is required at the time of registration. No refunds after sign up deadline date. Registration can be transferred to another person. Payment is by Paypal or credit card. Sign up deadline is one week before the start of the class.

Sign up for one or more.

COST: $150 per person, all materials and use of tools included.

Whole Day
Sat. Nov 26 2016
9am-3pm
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Whole Day
Sun. Nov 27, 2016
9am-3pm
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FULL! Whole Day
Sat. Dec 10, 2016
9am-3pm
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Whole Day
Sun. Dec 11, 2016
9am-3pm
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FULL! Whole Day
Sat. Feb 11, 2017
9am-3pm
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FULL! Whole Day
Sun. Feb 12, 2017
9am-3pm
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FULL! Whole Day
Sat. Feb 11, 2017
9am-3pm
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FULL! Whole Day
Sun. Feb 12, 2017
9am-3pm
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FULL! Whole Day
Sat. March 18, 2017
9am-3pm
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FULL! Whole Day
Sun. March 19, 2017
9am-3pm
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FULL! Whole Day
Sat. Apr 1, 2017
9am-3pm
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FULL! Whole Day
Sun. Apr 2, 2017
9am-3pm
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BLACKSMITHING 101

Blacksmithing 101 is for anyone who has already had a little experience or just really wants to pursue blacksmithing. This course is structured to give students exposure to the fundamentals of forging steel with class time and plenty of hands-on forging time in the shop. Students will make simple tools and then use those tools to make more complex projects. The focus is on understanding the principles of the various techniques used in blacksmithing and using them to create tools and projects. There will be an introduction to basic metallurgy and heat treating tool steels. In this class the student will learn to draw a taper, upset, twist, punch, slit, rivet and several different aspects of forging. Projects include a punch, chisel, tongs and several decorative elements.

Classes can be taken separately, but class 1 must be taken before class 2.

Blacksmithing Class Working

I PROVIDE:

  • Forges
  • Anvils
  • Hand tools
  • Materials
  • Forge fuel
  • Instruction
  • Guidance

YOU PROVIDE:

  • Sturdy footwear
  • Cotton clothing
  • Gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Water bottle
  • Lunch
  • Enthusiasm

Click on the class button to start the sign up process. Participants must be 15 years of age or older. Registration is first come first serve. Payment is required at the time of registration. No refunds after sign up deadline date. Registration can be transferred to another person. Payment is by Paypal or credit card. Sign up deadline is one week before the start of the class.

COST: $220 per student for one day. Maximum 4 students. All materials and use of tools included.

FULL! Day 1 of 2
Sat. Mar 4, 2017
8am – 5pm
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FULL! Day 2 of 2
Sun. Mar 5, 2017
8am – 5pm
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