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Hammer Hospital on Saturday, February 3rd, 11am-4pm
Hammer Hospital on Saturday, February 3rd, 11am-4pm
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MB8111 February 3, 2018 (11am-4pm) Saturday (Forge)

We have a bunch of hammers that need new handles, and a few that need a little dressing so we will be at the Good Forge doing that all day. If you would like to learn how to hang a handle, or if you have hammers of your own that need new handles, come on by. We will show you how to fix them up and/or could use your help with ours. Handles and wedges provided, this event is free to attend, but we might put you to work!
Blacksmithing 101
Blacksmithing 101
Tuition $255.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Chris Doherty CLASS FULL

MB8102 Jan 20 & 21, 2018 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

This weekend class will introduce the student to the art and science of blacksmithing. Safe work habits and protective gear will be emphasized as we learn to make a basic project. Students can expect to make at least two or three hand forged objects in the course of which they will learn the important basic techniques that form the core of the craft. These are the skills that every smith uses every time he steps up to the anvil and they will stand the student in good stead as they pursue either general blacksmithing or a more specialized area, like bladesmithing (knife making) or tool making. Ages 15 and up, a materials fee of $30 will be added to the tuition.
Youth - After School Blacksmithing
Youth - After School Blacksmithing
Tuition $170.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: 20.00
Beginner

Chris Doherty

MB8107 Jan 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 2018 (4-6 pm) 4 Fridays (Forge)

This four session class will let young people (ages 13 to 17) who are interested get their feet wet in the craft and help decide if itís something they want to pursue. In the course of making objects such as a J-hook, BBQ tool or other projects in a coal forge, the student will begin to learn a variety of basic blacksmithing techniques that every blacksmith uses every time he or she lights a forge. Safety and protective gear will be covered before work starts and proper technique (designed to prevent injury or stress) will be covered. A $20 materials fee will be added to the tuition.
The Blacksmith's Gift
The Blacksmith's Gift
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Chris Doherty
MB7404 Dec 2 & 3 2017 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

'Tis the season and everybody loves a handmade gift, especially one forged by your own hands. On Saturday we will make a variety of stocking stuffers; key rings, bottle openers etc. Expect to make at least three. All projects will be accessible to beginners with various flourishes available for more experienced students. We will also address adding a surface finish to add rust protection and give a finished appearance to your gifts. On Sunday we'll have a bigger project for beginners or students can work on something of their own. If you have a project in mind please contact the instructor in advance to discuss. Included in this class is one 3 hour open studio session at the forge, held Friday nights from 6 to 9 pm, giving students time to finish up any of their projects from the weekend class. Ages 16 and above. A materials fee of $30.00 will be added to the tuition.
Hammer Making
Hammer Making
Tuition $280.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $45.00
All Levels
Andrew Chapman
MB7409 Nov 18 & 19, 2017 (10am-5:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

This class will provide an introduction to the tools and techniques used in forging your own hammer. Working together students will forge a lump of steel into an elegant and functional tool. All aspects of the process; punching, drifting, forging, grinding and heat treating will be covered. We will also make handles and mount the forged head on them. Final finish and dressing of the tool will be covered as well. Each student can expect to make and take home at least one hammer of their choice (cross peen, straight peen or rounding) finished and ready to go to work. Ages 16 and over.
Bottle Openers
Bottle Openers
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $30.00
Intemediate
Chris Doherty

MB7405 Nov 11-12, 2017 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

Open to all, this class is designed for those who have at least a few hours of hammer time, in an intro class or on their own. We will make a variety of bottle openers, both the classic round hole type and some variations of the lever type. We will also explore decorative handles, both figurative and abstract and deal with texturing and surface finish. Students can expect to take home several openers and learn a number of techniques. Ages 15 and up, a materials fee of $30 will be added to the tuition.
Forging Numbers & Letters in Steel
Forging Numbers & Letters in Steel
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $25.00
All Levels
Cody Rugar

MB7407 Oct 28 & 29 2017 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

Learn to forge your own welcome sign in steel. Create numbers for your mailbox, make someone's initials, decorate your room - the possibilities seem endless when you are able to to create numbers and letters! You'll learn and then use a variety of basic blacksmithing skills as you focus on your work and have the opportunity to add a personal, artistic feel to your completed project. Ages 16 and older, a materials fee of $25 is added to the tuition.
Blacksmithing 101
Blacksmithing 101
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Chris Doherty

MB7402 Oct 21 & 22 2017 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

This weekend class will introduce the student to the art and science of blacksmithing. Safe work habits and protective gear will be emphasized as we learn to make a basic project. Students can expect to make at least two or three hand forged objects in the course of which they will learn the important basic techniques that form the core of the craft. These are the skills that every smith uses every time he steps up to the anvil and they will stand the student in good stead as they pursue either general blacksmithing or a more specialized area, like bladesmithing (knife making) or tool making. Ages 15 and up, a materials fee of $30 will be added to the tuition.
Taste of Blacksmithing
Taste of Blacksmithing
Tuition $60.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $15
Beginner

Chris Doherty CLASS FULL

MB7403 Sunday, Oct 15 2017 (1-4pm) (Forge)

See what the buzz is all about and get introduced to the Good Forge at Brookfield Craft Center. This Sampler Workshop gives students an overview of the basics of blacksmithing, and a chance to create a small project. Students should expect to gain some working knowledge of hammering steel on an anvil, and complete a small ornamental piece to take home. This taste of blacksmithing may very well wet your appetite for more in-depth workshops in blacksmithing and bladesmithing. Ages 16 and over, a materials fee of $15 will be added to the tuition.
Blacksmithing 102
Blacksmithing 102
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $30.00
Intermediate
Chris Doherty
MB7401 Oct 7 & 8 2017 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

This two day course is designed for those who have spent a few hours hitting hot iron, either in an introductory class or on their own, and will cover some more advanced basic techniques. These will include punching and drifting (learn to make a one inch hole in a three quarter inch bar) chiseling/splitting (for forks or pokers) and a basic forge weld. Learning to do these things properly will open up a whole range of possibilities for the beginning blacksmith. During the class each student can expect to complete at least two or three projects like bottle openers, fireplace pokers, forks etc. Ages 16 and older, a materials fee of $30 is added to the tuition.
Youth - After School Blacksmithing
Youth - After School Blacksmithing
Tuition $160.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: 20.00
Beginner

Chris Doherty
MB7406 Oct 6, 13, 20, 27, 2017 (4-6 pm) 4 Fridays (Forge)

This four session class will let young people (ages 13 to 17) who are interested get their feet wet in the craft and help decide if itís something they want to pursue. In the course of making objects such as a J-hook, BBQ tool or other projects in a coal forge, the student will begin to learn a variety of basic blacksmithing techniques that every blacksmith uses every time he or she lights a forge. Safety and protective gear will be covered before work starts and proper technique (designed to prevent injury or stress) will be covered. A $20 materials fee will be added to the tuition.
Blacksmithing 101
Blacksmithing 101
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Chris Doherty

MB7304 Sept 23 & 24 2017 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

This weekend class will introduce the student to the art and science of blacksmithing. Safe work habits and protective gear will be emphasized as we learn to make a basic project. Students can expect to make at least two or three hand forged objects in the course of which they will learn the important basic techniques that form the core of the craft. These are the skills that every smith uses every time he steps up to the anvil and they will stand the student in good stead as they pursue either general blacksmithing or a more specialized area, like bladesmithing (knife making) or tool making. Ages 15 and up, a materials fee of $30 will be added to the tuition.
Leaves of Steel
Leaves of Steel
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $30.00
Intemediate
Chris Doherty

MB7305 Sept 9-10, 2017 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

Open to all, this class is designed for those who have at least a few hours of hammer time, in an intro class or on their own. Leaves are a basic decorative motif in blacksmithing work both as working parts of functional objects and as pure adornment. In this class we will start with a simple basic leaf and progress through folded and decorated variants. Students can expect to take home several examples and perhaps some simple work incorporating leaves, and to learn some new techniques. Ages 15 and up, a materials fee of $30 will be added to the tuition.
Youth Hands-on, Hands-dirty Forge Wk 4 morning session
Youth Hands-on, Hands-dirty Forge Wk 4 morning session
Tuition $250.00
Registration Closed

Youth CLASS FULL

YP7307 Aug 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 2017 (9am-12pm) Mon-Fri (Forge)

What's more fun than bending, stretching and twisting hot metal with hammer and anvil? In a coal forge, students will learn to use fire and hammer to shape hot iron, giving the student a taste of the ancient art of blacksmithing. Each daily project will feature a basic technique fundamental to the craft. As we move along, students will also learn safety procedures, fire maintenance and some of the history and practical aspects of blacksmithing. This hands-on, hands-dirty course is a chance for our youth to come to grips with a real material with real world limitations as they successfully complete a number of useful projects.
Youth Hands-on, Hands-dirty Forge Week 4 afternoon session
Youth Hands-on, Hands-dirty Forge Week 4 afternoon session
Tuition $250.00
Registration Closed

Youth

YP7308 Aug 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 2017 (1:00pm-4:00pm) Mon-Fri (Forge)

What's more fun than bending, stretching and twisting hot metal with hammer and anvil? In a coal forge, students will learn to use fire and hammer to shape hot iron, giving the student a taste of the ancient art of blacksmithing. Each daily project will feature a basic technique fundamental to the craft. As we move along, students will also learn safety procedures, fire maintenance and some of the history and practical aspects of blacksmithing. This hands-on, hands-dirty course is a chance for our youth to come to grips with a real material with real world limitations as they successfully complete a number of useful projects.
Blacksmithing 101
Blacksmithing 101
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Chris Doherty

MB7303 Aug 12 & 13 2017 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

This weekend class will introduce the student to the art and science of blacksmithing. Safe work habits and protective gear will be emphasized as we learn to make a basic project. Students can expect to make at least two or three hand forged objects in the course of which they will learn the important basic techniques that form the core of the craft. These are the skills that every smith uses every time he steps up to the anvil and they will stand the student in good stead as they pursue either general blacksmithing or a more specialized area, like bladesmithing (knife making) or tool making. Ages 15 and up, a materials fee of $30 will be added to the tuition.
Youth Hands-on, Hands-dirty Forge Week 3 afternoon session
Youth Hands-on, Hands-dirty Forge Week 3 afternoon session
Tuition $250.00
Registration Closed

Youth

YP7306 Aug 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 2017 (1:00pm-4:00pm) Mon-Fri (Forge)

What's more fun than bending, stretching and twisting hot metal with hammer and anvil? In a coal forge, students will learn to use fire and hammer to shape hot iron, giving the student a taste of the ancient art of blacksmithing. Each daily project will feature a basic technique fundamental to the craft. As we move along, students will also learn safety procedures, fire maintenance and some of the history and practical aspects of blacksmithing. This hands-on, hands-dirty course is a chance for our youth to come to grips with a real material with real world limitations as they successfully complete a number of useful projects.
Youth Hands-on, Hands-dirty Forge Wk 3 morning session
Youth Hands-on, Hands-dirty Forge Wk 3 morning session
Tuition $250.00
Registration Closed

Youth CLASS FULL

YP7305 Aug 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 2017 (9am-12pm) Mon-Fri (Forge)

What's more fun than bending, stretching and twisting hot metal with hammer and anvil? In a coal forge, students will learn to use fire and hammer to shape hot iron, giving the student a taste of the ancient art of blacksmithing. Each daily project will feature a basic technique fundamental to the craft. As we move along, students will also learn safety procedures, fire maintenance and some of the history and practical aspects of blacksmithing. This hands-on, hands-dirty course is a chance for our youth to come to grips with a real material with real world limitations as they successfully complete a number of useful projects.
Youth Hands-on, Hands-dirty Forge Week 2 afternoon session
Youth Hands-on, Hands-dirty Forge Week 2 afternoon session
Tuition $250.00
Registration Closed

Youth CLASS FULL

YP7304 Jul 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 2017 (1:00pm-4:00pm) Mon-Fri (Forge)

What's more fun than bending, stretching and twisting hot metal with hammer and anvil? In a coal forge, students will learn to use fire and hammer to shape hot iron, giving the student a taste of the ancient art of blacksmithing. Each daily project will feature a basic technique fundamental to the craft. As we move along, students will also learn safety procedures, fire maintenance and some of the history and practical aspects of blacksmithing. This hands-on, hands-dirty course is a chance for our youth to come to grips with a real material with real world limitations as they successfully complete a number of useful projects.
Youth Hands-on, Hands-dirty Forge Wk 2 morning session
Youth Hands-on, Hands-dirty Forge Wk 2 morning session
Tuition $250.00
Registration Closed

Youth CLASS FULL

YP7303 Jul 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 2017 (9am-12pm) Mon-Fri (Forge)

What's more fun than bending, stretching and twisting hot metal with hammer and anvil? In a coal forge, students will learn to use fire and hammer to shape hot iron, giving the student a taste of the ancient art of blacksmithing. Each daily project will feature a basic technique fundamental to the craft. As we move along, students will also learn safety procedures, fire maintenance and some of the history and practical aspects of blacksmithing. This hands-on, hands-dirty course is a chance for our youth to come to grips with a real material with real world limitations as they successfully complete a number of useful projects.
Blacksmithing 102
Blacksmithing 102
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $30.00
Intermediate
Chris Doherty
MB7302 July 15 & 16 2017 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

This two day course is designed for those who have spent a few hours hitting hot iron, either in an introductory class or on their own, and will cover some more advanced basic techniques. These will include punching and drifting (learn to make a one inch hole in a three quarter inch bar) chiseling/splitting (for forks or pokers) and a basic forge weld. Learning to do these things properly will open up a whole range of possibilities for the beginning blacksmith. During the class each student can expect to complete at least two or three projects like bottle openers, fireplace pokers, forks etc. Ages 16 and older, a materials fee of $30 is added to the tuition.
Youth Hands-on, Hands-dirty Forge Wk 1 morning session
Youth Hands-on, Hands-dirty Forge Wk 1 morning session
Tuition $250.00
Registration Closed

Youth

YP7301 Jul 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 2017 (9am-12pm) Mon-Fri (Forge)

What's more fun than bending, stretching and twisting hot metal with hammer and anvil? In a coal forge, students will learn to use fire and hammer to shape hot iron, giving the student a taste of the ancient art of blacksmithing. Each daily project will feature a basic technique fundamental to the craft. As we move along, students will also learn safety procedures, fire maintenance and some of the history and practical aspects of blacksmithing. This hands-on, hands-dirty course is a chance for our youth to come to grips with a real material with real world limitations as they successfully complete a number of useful projects.
Youth Hands-on, Hands-dirty Forge Week 1 afternoon session
Youth Hands-on, Hands-dirty Forge Week 1 afternoon session
Tuition $250.00
Registration Closed

Youth

YP7302 Jul 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 2017 (1:00pm-4:00pm) Mon-Fri (Forge)

What's more fun than bending, stretching and twisting hot metal with hammer and anvil? In a coal forge, students will learn to use fire and hammer to shape hot iron, giving the student a taste of the ancient art of blacksmithing. Each daily project will feature a basic technique fundamental to the craft. As we move along, students will also learn safety procedures, fire maintenance and some of the history and practical aspects of blacksmithing. This hands-on, hands-dirty course is a chance for our youth to come to grips with a real material with real world limitations as they successfully complete a number of useful projects.
Blacksmithing 101
Blacksmithing 101
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Chris Doherty

MB7301 July 8 & 9 2017 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

This weekend class will introduce the student to the art and science of blacksmithing. Safe work habits and protective gear will be emphasized as we learn to make a basic project. Students can expect to make at least two or three hand forged objects in the course of which they will learn the important basic techniques that form the core of the craft. These are the skills that every smith uses every time he steps up to the anvil and they will stand the student in good stead as they pursue either general blacksmithing or a more specialized area, like bladesmithing (knife making) or tool making. Ages 15 and up, a materials fee of $30 will be added to the tuition.
Blacksmithing 101
Blacksmithing 101
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Chris Doherty

MB7206 June17 & 18 2017 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

This weekend class will introduce the student to the art and science of blacksmithing. Safe work habits and protective gear will be emphasized as we learn to make a basic project. Students can expect to make at least two or three hand forged objects in the course of which they will learn the important basic techniques that form the core of the craft. These are the skills that every smith uses every time he steps up to the anvil and they will stand the student in good stead as they pursue either general blacksmithing or a more specialized area, like bladesmithing (knife making) or tool making. Ages 15 and up, a materials fee of $30 will be added to the tuition.
Blacksmithing 102
Blacksmithing 102
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $30.00
Intermediate
Chris Doherty
MB7204 June 10 & 11 2017 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

This two day course is designed for those who have spent a few hours hitting hot iron, either in an introductory class or on their own, and will cover some more advanced basic techniques. These will include punching and drifting (learn to make a one inch hole in a three quarter inch bar) chiseling/splitting (for forks or pokers) and a basic forge weld. Learning to do these things properly will open up a whole range of possibilities for the beginning blacksmith. During the class each student can expect to complete at least two or three projects like bottle openers, fireplace pokers, forks etc. Ages 16 and older, a materials fee of $30 is added to the tuition.
Hammer Making
Hammer Making
Tuition $280.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $45.00
All Levels
Andrew Chapman
MB7209 June 3 & 4 2017 (10am-5:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

This class will provide an introduction to the tools and techniques used in forging your own hammer. Working together students will forge a lump of steel into an elegant and functional tool. All aspects of the process; punching, drifting, forging, grinding and heat treating will be covered. We will also make handles and mount the forged head on them. Final finish and dressing of the tool will be covered as well. Each student can expect to make and take home at least one hammer of their choice (cross peen, straight peen or rounding) finished and ready to go to work. Ages 16 and over.
Taste of Blacksmithing
Taste of Blacksmithing
Tuition $60.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $15
Beginner

Chris Doherty
MB7210 Sunday, May 21 2017 (1-4pm) (Forge)

See what the buzz is all about and get introduced to the Good Forge at Brookfield Craft Center. This Sampler Workshop gives students an overview of the basics of blacksmithing, and a chance to create a small project. Students should expect to gain some working knowledge of hammering steel on an anvil, and complete a small ornamental piece to take home. This taste of blacksmithing may very well wet your appetite for more in-depth workshops in blacksmithing and bladesmithing. Ages 16 and over, a materials fee of $15 will be added to the tuition.
Blacksmithing 101
Blacksmithing 101
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Chris Doherty

MB7203 May 13 & 14 2017 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

This weekend class will introduce the student to the art and science of blacksmithing. Safe work habits and protective gear will be emphasized as we learn to make a basic project. Students can expect to make at least two or three hand forged objects in the course of which they will learn the important basic techniques that form the core of the craft. These are the skills that every smith uses every time he steps up to the anvil and they will stand the student in good stead as they pursue either general blacksmithing or a more specialized area, like bladesmithing (knife making) or tool making. Ages 15 and up, a materials fee of $30 will be added to the tuition.
Youth - After School Blacksmithing
Youth - After School Blacksmithing
Tuition $220.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: 20.00
Beginner

Chris Doherty
MB7208 April 21, (No class on April 28), May 5, 12, 19, 26, June 2, 2017 (4-6 pm) 6 Fridays (Forge)

This six session class will let young people (ages 13 to 17) who are interested get their feet wet in the craft and help decide if itís something they want to pursue. In the course of making objects such as a J-hook, BBQ tool or other projects in a coal forge, the student will begin to learn a variety of basic blacksmithing techniques that every blacksmith uses every time he or she lights a forge. Safety and protective gear will be covered before work starts and proper technique (designed to prevent injury or stress) will be covered. A $20 materials fee will be added to the tuition.
Blacksmithing 101
Blacksmithing 101
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $30.00
Beginner
Chris Doherty
MB7202 Apr 15 & 16 2017 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

This weekend class will introduce the student to the art and science of blacksmithing. Safe work habits and protective gear will be emphasized as we learn to make a basic project. Students can expect to make at least two or three hand forged objects in the course of which they will learn the important basic techniques that form the core of the craft. These are the skills that every smith uses every time he steps up to the anvil and they will stand the student in good stead as they pursue either general blacksmithing or a more specialized area, like bladesmithing (knife making) or tool making. Ages 16 and up. A materials fee of $30.00 is added to the tuition.
Blacksmithing 101 - Evenings
Blacksmithing 101 - Evenings
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $30.00
Beginner
Chris Doherty
MB7205 April 18, 20, 25, 27 2017 (6 - 9pm) 2 Tuesdays & Thursdays (Forge)

This 4 session class will introduce the student to the art and science of blacksmithing. Safe work habits and protective gear will be emphasized as we learn to make a basic project. Students can expect to make at least two or three hand forged objects in the course of which they will learn the important basic techniques that form the core of the craft. These are the skills that every smith uses every time he steps up to the anvil and they will stand the student in good stead as they pursue either general blacksmithing or a more specialized area, like bladesmithing (knife making) or tool making. Ages 16 and up. A materials fee of $30.00 is added to the tuition.
Hammer Making
Hammer Making
Tuition $280.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $45.00
All Levels
Andrew Chapman
MB7207 April 1 & 2 2017 (10am-5:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

This class will provide an introduction to the tools and techniques used in forging your own hammer. Working together students will forge a lump of steel into an elegant and functional tool. All aspects of the process; punching, drifting, forging, grinding and heat treating will be covered. We will also make handles and mount the forged head on them. Final finish and dressing of the tool will be covered as well. Each student can expect to make and take home at least one hammer of their choice (cross peen, straight peen or rounding) finished and ready to go to work. Ages 16 and over.
Blacksmithing 101
Blacksmithing 101
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Chris Doherty

MB7105 March 18 & 19 2017 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

This weekend class will introduce the student to the art and science of blacksmithing. Safe work habits and protective gear will be emphasized as we learn to make a basic project. Students can expect to make at least two or three hand forged objects in the course of which they will learn the important basic techniques that form the core of the craft. These are the skills that every smith uses every time he steps up to the anvil and they will stand the student in good stead as they pursue either general blacksmithing or a more specialized area, like bladesmithing (knife making) or tool making. Ages 15 and up, a materials fee of $30 will be added to the tuition.
Blacksmithing 101
Blacksmithing 101
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Chris Doherty

MB7104 Feb 25 & 26 2017 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

This weekend class will introduce the student to the art and science of blacksmithing. Safe work habits and protective gear will be emphasized as we learn to make a basic project. Students can expect to make at least two or three hand forged objects in the course of which they will learn the important basic techniques that form the core of the craft. These are the skills that every smith uses every time he steps up to the anvil and they will stand the student in good stead as they pursue either general blacksmithing or a more specialized area, like bladesmithing (knife making) or tool making. Ages 15 and up, a materials fee of $30 will be added to the tuition.
Blacksmithing 102
Blacksmithing 102
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $30.00
Intermediate
Chris Doherty
MB7103 Jan 21, 22 2017 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

This two day course is designed for those who have spent a few hours hitting hot iron, either in an introductory class or on their own, and will cover some more advanced basic techniques. These will include punching and drifting (learn to make a one inch hole in a three quarter inch bar) chiseling/splitting (for forks or pokers) and a basic forge weld. Learning to do these things properly will open up a whole range of possibilities for the beginning blacksmith. During the class each student can expect to complete at least two or three projects like bottle openers, fireplace pokers, forks etc. Ages 16 and older, a materials fee of $30 is added to the tuition.
Blacksmithing 101
Blacksmithing 101
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $30.00
Beginner
Chris Doherty
MB7102 Jan 7 & 8 2017 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

This weekend class will introduce the student to the art and science of blacksmithing. Safe work habits and protective gear will be emphasized as we learn to make a basic project. Students can expect to make at least two or three hand forged objects in the course of which they will learn the important basic techniques that form the core of the craft. These are the skills that every smith uses every time he steps up to the anvil and they will stand the student in good stead as they pursue either general blacksmithing or a more specialized area, like bladesmithing (knife making) or tool making. Ages 16 and up. A materials fee of $30.00 is added to the tuition.
Forge Open Studio 2017
Forge Open Studio 2017
Tuition as low as $20/session. Single session: $25.00
Registration Closed

Intermediate
Studio Monitor: Chris Doherty
MB7101 - 6-9 pm Fridays (Forge)

Work independently in BCC's Good Forge any Friday night 6-9 pm for a drop-in fee of $30 per session (cash or check, paid at the door), or purchase sessions in advance at a discounted rate (single session - $25, two sessions - $45, three sessions - $60). Sessions must be used within 12 weeks of purchase. Enjoy this time to work on class projects and practice techniques. Eligible participants are current or recent BCC students who have completed at least one full-weekend introductory blacksmithing or bladesmithing class. Current BCC members are also eligible to participate if they possess basic forge skills. (Not a Member? Click here to learn more or sign up.)
The Blacksmith's Gift
The Blacksmith's Gift
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Chris Doherty
MB6406 Dec 17 & 18 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

'Tis the season and everybody loves a handmade gift, especially one forged by your own hands. On Saturday we will make a variety of stocking stuffers; key rings, bottle openers etc. Expect to make at least three. All projects will be accessible to beginners with various flourishes available for more experienced students. We will also address adding a surface finish to add rust protection and give a finished appearance to your gifts. On Sunday we'll have a bigger project for beginners or students can work on something of their own. If you have a project in mind please contact the instructor in advance to discuss. Included in this class is one 3 hour open studio session at the forge, held Friday nights from 6 to 9 pm, giving students time to finish up any of their projects from the weekend class. Ages 16 and above. A materials fee of $30.00 will be added to the tuition.
Hammer Making
Hammer Making
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $45.00
All Levels
Andrew Chapman
MB6403 Dec 3 & 4 2016 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

This class will provide an introduction to the tools and techniques used in forging your own hammer. Working together students will forge a lump of steel into an elegant and functional tool. All aspects of the process; punching, drifting, forging, grinding and heat treating will be covered. We will also make handles and mount the forged head on them. Final finish and dressing of the tool will be covered as well. Each student can expect to make and take home at least one hammer of their choice (cross peen, straight peen or rounding) finished and ready to go to work. Ages 16 and over.
Intro to Basic Blacksmithing Techniques
Intro to Basic Blacksmithing Techniques
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Andrew Chapman
MB6404 Nov 19 & 20 2016 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

The basic techniques of blacksmithing: twists, tapers, scrolls & upsets - don't change from project to project and all of these various blacksmithing techniques will be explored during this 2-day class. Students will form wall hooks, bottle openers and various functional objects using set tools, forge, hammer and anvil. Practical methods to creative metal will be the focus with an emphasis on project planning at the forge. Some blacksmithing experience is helpful, but not required. Ages 16 and over, a $30 materials fee will be added to the tuition.
Blacksmithing 101
Blacksmithing 101
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Chris Doherty

MB6402 Oct 29 & 30 2016 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

This weekend class will introduce the student to the art and science of blacksmithing. Safe work habits and protective gear will be emphasized as we learn to make a basic project. Students can expect to make at least two or three hand forged objects in the course of which they will learn the important basic techniques that form the core of the craft. These are the skills that every smith uses every time he steps up to the anvil and they will stand the student in good stead as they pursue either general blacksmithing or a more specialized area, like bladesmithing (knife making) or tool making. Ages 15 and up, a materials fee of $30 will be added to the tuition.
Taste of Blacksmithing
Taste of Blacksmithing
Tuition $60.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $15
Beginner

Chris Doherty
MB6405 Saturday, Oct 22 2016 (1-4pm) (Forge)

See what the buzz is all about and get introduced to the Good Forge at Brookfield Craft Center. This Sampler Workshop gives students an overview of the basics of blacksmithing, and a chance to create a small project. Students should expect to gain some working knowledge of hammering steel on an anvil, and complete a small ornamental piece to take home. This taste of blacksmithing may very well wet your appetite for more in-depth workshops in blacksmithing and bladesmithing. Ages 16 and over, a materials fee of $15 will be added to the tuition.
Blacksmithing 102
Blacksmithing 102
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $30.00
Intermediate
Chris Doherty

MB6401 Oct 1 & 2 2016 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

This two day course is designed for those who have spent a few hours hitting hot iron, either in an introductory class or on their own, and will cover some more advanced basic techniques. These will include punching and drifting (learn to make a one inch hole in a three quarter inch bar) chiseling/splitting (for forks or pokers) and a basic forge weld. Learning to do these things properly will open up a whole range of possibilities for the beginning blacksmith. During the class each student can expect to complete at least two or three projects like bottle openers, fireplace pokers, forks etc. Ages 16 and older. A materials fee of $30.00 will be added to the tuition.
Blacksmithing 101
Blacksmithing 101
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Chris Doherty CLASS FULL

MB6305 Sep 10 & 11 2016 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

This weekend class will introduce the student to the art and science of blacksmithing. Safe work habits and protective gear will be emphasized as we learn to make a basic project. Students can expect to make at least two or three hand forged objects in the course of which they will learn the important basic techniques that form the core of the craft. These are the skills that every smith uses every time he steps up to the anvil and they will stand the student in good stead as they pursue either general blacksmithing or a more specialized area, like bladesmithing (knife making) or tool making. Ages 15 and up, a materials fee of $30 will be added to the tuition.
Blacksmithing 101 - EVENINGS
Blacksmithing 101 - EVENINGS
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Chris Doherty
MB6306 Sep 8, 15, 22 & 29 2016 (6-9pm) 4 Thursday nights (Forge)

This evening class will introduce the student to the art and science of blacksmithing. Safe work habits and protective gear will be emphasized as we learn to make a basic project. Students can expect to make at least two or three hand forged objects in the course of which they will learn the important basic techniques that form the core of the craft. These are the skills that every smith uses every time he steps up to the anvil and they will stand the student in good stead as they pursue either general blacksmithing or a more specialized area, like bladesmithing (knife making) or tool making. Ages 15 and up, a materials fee of $30 will be added to the tuition.
Advanced Hands-on, Hands-dirty Forge Wk 4 morning
Advanced Hands-on, Hands-dirty Forge Wk 4 morning
Tuition $250.00
Registration Closed

Youth

YP6307 Aug 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 2016 (9am-12pm) Mon-Fri (Forge)

In this week 4 class, students who attended a forge class in weeks 1, 2 or 3 will continue on what they learned in their first week, advancing their skills.
Advanced Hands-on, Hands-dirty Forge Wk 4 afternoon
Advanced Hands-on, Hands-dirty Forge Wk 4 afternoon
Tuition $250.00
Registration Closed

Youth

YP6308 Aug 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 2016 (1:30pm-4:30pm) Mon-Fri (Forge)

In this week 4 class, students who attended a forge class in weeks 1, 2 or 3 will continue on what they learned in their first week, advancing their skills.
Youth Hands-on, Hands-dirty Forge Wk 3 morning session
Youth Hands-on, Hands-dirty Forge Wk 3 morning session
Tuition $250.00
Registration Closed

Youth CLASS FULL

YP6305 Aug 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 2016 (9am-12pm) Mon-Fri (Forge)

What's more fun than bending, stretching and twisting hot metal with hammer and anvil? In a coal forge, students will learn to use fire and hammer to shape hot iron, giving the student a taste of the ancient art of blacksmithing. Each daily project will feature a basic technique fundamental to the craft. As we move along, students will also learn safety procedures, fire maintenance and some of the history and practical aspects of blacksmithing. This hands-on, hands-dirty course is a chance for our youth to come to grips with a real material with real world limitations as they successfully complete a number of useful projects.
Youth Hands-on, Hands-dirty Forge Wk 3 afternoon session
Youth Hands-on, Hands-dirty Forge Wk 3 afternoon session
Tuition $250.00
Registration Closed

Youth

YP6306 Aug 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 2016 (1:30pm-4:30pm) Mon-Fri (Forge)

What's more fun than bending, stretching and twisting hot metal with hammer and anvil? In a coal forge, students will learn to use fire and hammer to shape hot iron, giving the student a taste of the ancient art of blacksmithing. Each daily project will feature a basic technique fundamental to the craft. As we move along, students will also learn safety procedures, fire maintenance and some of the history and practical aspects of blacksmithing. This hands-on, hands-dirty course is a chance for our youth to come to grips with a real material with real world limitations as they successfully complete a number of useful projects.
Hammer Making
Hammer Making
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $45.00
All Levels
Andrew Chapman
MB6303 Aug 6 & 7 2016 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

This class will provide an introduction to the tools and techniques used in forging your own hammer. Working together students will forge a lump of steel into an elegant and functional tool. All aspects of the process; punching, drifting, forging, grinding and heat treating will be covered. We will also make handles and mount the forged head on them. Final finish and dressing of the tool will be covered as well. Each student can expect to make and take home at least one hammer of their choice (cross peen, straight peen or rounding) finished and ready to go to work. Ages 16 and over.
Youth Hands-on, Hands-dirty Forge Wk 2 morning session
Youth Hands-on, Hands-dirty Forge Wk 2 morning session
Tuition $250.00
Registration Closed

Youth

YP6303 Jul 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 2016 (9am-12pm) Mon-Fri (Forge)

What's more fun than bending, stretching and twisting hot metal with hammer and anvil? In a coal forge, students will learn to use fire and hammer to shape hot iron, giving the student a taste of the ancient art of blacksmithing. Each daily project will feature a basic technique fundamental to the craft. As we move along, students will also learn safety procedures, fire maintenance and some of the history and practical aspects of blacksmithing. This hands-on, hands-dirty course is a chance for our youth to come to grips with a real material with real world limitations as they successfully complete a number of useful projects.
Youth Hands-on, Hands-dirty Forge Wk 2 afternoon session
Youth Hands-on, Hands-dirty Forge Wk 2 afternoon session
Tuition $250.00
Registration Closed

Youth CLASS FULL
YP6304 Jul 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 2016 (1:30pm-4:30pm) Mon-Fri (Forge)

What's more fun than bending, stretching and twisting hot metal with hammer and anvil? In a coal forge, students will learn to use fire and hammer to shape hot iron, giving the student a taste of the ancient art of blacksmithing. Each daily project will feature a basic technique fundamental to the craft. As we move along, students will also learn safety procedures, fire maintenance and some of the history and practical aspects of blacksmithing. This hands-on, hands-dirty course is a chance for our youth to come to grips with a real material with real world limitations as they successfully complete a number of useful projects.
Youth Hands-on, Hands-dirty Forge Week 1 afternoon session
Youth Hands-on, Hands-dirty Forge Week 1 afternoon session
Tuition $250.00
Registration Closed

Youth

YP6302 Jul 11-15 2016 (1:30pm-4:30pm) Mon-Fri (Forge)

What's more fun than bending, stretching and twisting hot metal with hammer and anvil? In a coal forge, students will learn to use fire and hammer to shape hot iron, giving the student a taste of the ancient art of blacksmithing. Each daily project will feature a basic technique fundamental to the craft. As we move along, students will also learn safety procedures, fire maintenance and some of the history and practical aspects of blacksmithing. This hands-on, hands-dirty course is a chance for our youth to come to grips with a real material with real world limitations as they successfully complete a number of useful projects.
Youth Hands-on, Hands-dirty Forge Wk 1 morning session
Youth Hands-on, Hands-dirty Forge Wk 1 morning session
Tuition $250.00
Registration Closed

Youth

YP6301 Jul 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 2016 (9am-12pm) Mon-Fri (Forge)

What's more fun than bending, stretching and twisting hot metal with hammer and anvil? In a coal forge, students will learn to use fire and hammer to shape hot iron, giving the student a taste of the ancient art of blacksmithing. Each daily project will feature a basic technique fundamental to the craft. As we move along, students will also learn safety procedures, fire maintenance and some of the history and practical aspects of blacksmithing. This hands-on, hands-dirty course is a chance for our youth to come to grips with a real material with real world limitations as they successfully complete a number of useful projects.
Intro to Basic Blacksmithing Techniques
Intro to Basic Blacksmithing Techniques
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Andrew Chapman
MB6304 Jul 9 & 10 2016 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

The basic techniques of blacksmithing: twists, tapers, scrolls & upsets - don't change from project to project and all of these various blacksmithing techniques will be explored during this 2-day class. Students will form wall hooks, bottle openers and various functional objects using set tools, forge, hammer and anvil. Practical methods to creative metal will be the focus with an emphasis on project planning at the forge. Some blacksmithing experience is helpful, but not required. Ages 16 and over, a $30 materials fee will be added to the tuition.
Chasing and Repousse
Chasing and Repousse
Tuition $260.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $50.00
All Levels
Michael Coffey

MB6205 July 9 & 10 2016 (10am-5pm) Saturday/Sunday (Jewelry Studio)

Repoussť is a technique in which a malleable metal is ornamented or shaped byhammering from the reverse side to create a design in low relief.There are few techniques that offer such diversity of expression while still being relatively economical. Chasing is the opposite technique to repoussť, and the two are used in conjunction to create a finished piece. It is also known as embossing.
During this class, students will learn the technique of creating a wide variety of shapes & patterns by manipulating sheet metal mounted in a pitch bowl. The weekend will cover all aspects of the process, including: selecting and/or making tools, material selection, do's and don'ts with particular materials, hammer control, heat and pitch management, and more. Students will begin the class with a discussion of the concepts of the technique, then they will make a set of small tools which will be their own. Once the tool set is ready, everyone will begin working on a design to work into the metal. Students can expect to leave this class with the tools necessary to continue to work at home or their own studio, as well as at least one finished piece.Ages 16 and up, a materials fee of $50 will be added to the tuition.
Blacksmithing 102
Blacksmithing 102
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Chris Doherty

MB6301 Jul 2 & 3 2016 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

This two day course is designed for those who have spent a few hours hitting hot iron, either in an introductory class or on their own, and will cover some more advanced basic techniques. These will include punching and drifting (learn to make a one inch hole in a three quarter inch bar) chiseling/splitting (for forks or pokers) and a basic forge weld. Learning to do these things properly will open up a whole range of possibilities for the beginning blacksmith. During the class each student can expect to complete at least two or three projects like bottle openers, fireplace pokers, forks etc. Ages 16 and older. A materials fee of $30.00 will be added to the tuition.
Blacksmithing 101
Blacksmithing 101
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Chris Doherty CLASS FULL!

MB6203 Jun 18 & 19 2016 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

This weekend class will introduce the student to the art and science of blacksmithing. Safe work habits and protective gear will be emphasized as we learn to make a basic project. Students can expect to make at least two or three hand forged objects in the course of which they will learn the important basic techniques that form the core of the craft. These are the skills that every smith uses every time he steps up to the anvil and they will stand the student in good stead as they pursue either general blacksmithing or a more specialized area, like bladesmithing (knife making) or tool making. Ages 15 and up, a materials fee of $30 will be added to the tuition.
Horse Head Bottle Opener
Horse Head Bottle Opener
Tuition $120.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $20.00
All Levels
Chris Doherty

MB6208 Jun 11 2016 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday (Forge)

This one day class will make a good introduction to punching and drifting and even more so to forming steel in a deliberate, sculptural way. The horse head also includes some punched and incised decoration. We will explore the basic form and some possible variations and students can customize the piece as they like. Everyone will take home one or more bottle openers, some experience helpful but not necessary. Ages 15 and up, a materials fee of $20 will be added to the tuition.
Blacksmithing 101 - EVENINGS
Blacksmithing 101 - EVENINGS
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Chris Doherty
MB6207 Jun 9, 16, 23 & 30 2016 (6-9pm) 4 Thursday nights (Forge)

This evening class will introduce the student to the art and science of blacksmithing. Safe work habits and protective gear will be emphasized as we learn to make a basic project. Students can expect to make at least two or three hand forged objects in the course of which they will learn the important basic techniques that form the core of the craft. These are the skills that every smith uses every time he steps up to the anvil and they will stand the student in good stead as they pursue either general blacksmithing or a more specialized area, like bladesmithing (knife making) or tool making. Ages 15 and up, a materials fee of $30 will be added to the tuition.
Blacksmithing 101
Blacksmithing 101
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Chris Doherty

MB6202 May 21 & 22 2016 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

This weekend class will introduce the student to the art and science of blacksmithing. Safe work habits and protective gear will be emphasized as we learn to make a basic project. Students can expect to make at least two or three hand forged objects in the course of which they will learn the important basic techniques that form the core of the craft. These are the skills that every smith uses every time he steps up to the anvil and they will stand the student in good stead as they pursue either general blacksmithing or a more specialized area, like bladesmithing (knife making) or tool making. Ages 15 and up, a materials fee of $30 will be added to the tuition.
Hammer Making
Hammer Making
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $45.00
All Levels
Andrew Chapman
MB6204 May 14 & 15 2016 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

This class will provide an introduction to the tools and techniques used in forging your own hammer. Working together students will forge a lump of steel into an elegant and functional tool. All aspects of the process; punching, drifting, forging, grinding and heat treating will be covered. We will also make handles and mount the forged head on them. Final finish and dressing of the tool will be covered as well. Each student can expect to make and take home at least one hammer of their choice (cross peen, straight peen or rounding) finished and ready to go to work. Ages 16 and over.
Blacksmithing 101
Blacksmithing 101
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Chris Doherty CLASS FULL

MB6201 Apr 9 & 10 2016 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

This weekend class will introduce the student to the art and science of blacksmithing. Safe work habits and protective gear will be emphasized as we learn to make a basic project. Students can expect to make at least two or three hand forged objects in the course of which they will learn the important basic techniques that form the core of the craft. These are the skills that every smith uses every time he steps up to the anvil and they will stand the student in good stead as they pursue either general blacksmithing or a more specialized area, like bladesmithing (knife making) or tool making. Ages 15 and up, a materials fee of $30 will be added to the tuition.
Intro Bladesmithing
Intro Bladesmithing
Tuition $280.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $30.00
Beginner
Matthew Parkinson
MK6101 Mar 19 & 20 2016 (10am-5:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)
In this two day class students will make a full tang cord wrapped handle knife. Students can expect to leave with a finished sharp knife and will learn all of the basics of bladesmithing. Starting with forging the blade to shape then grinding, heat treating, polishing and sharpening. Ages 16 and over. A materials fee of $30.00 will be added to the tuition.
Blacksmithing 102
Blacksmithing 102
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Chris Doherty

MB6104 Mar 12 & 13 2016 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

This two day course is designed for those who have spent a few hours hitting hot iron, either in an introductory class or on their own, and will cover some more advanced basic techniques. These will include punching and drifting (learn to make a one inch hole in a three quarter inch bar) chiseling/splitting (for forks or pokers) and a basic forge weld. Learning to do these things properly will open up a whole range of possibilities for the beginning blacksmith. During the class each student can expect to complete at least two or three projects like bottle openers, fireplace pokers, forks etc. Ages 16 and older. A materials fee of $30.00 will be added to the tuition.
Blacksmithing 101
Blacksmithing 101
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Chris Doherty

MB6103 Feb 27 & 28 2016 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

This weekend class will introduce the student to the art and science of blacksmithing. Safe work habits and protective gear will be emphasized as we learn to make a basic project. Students can expect to make at least two or three hand forged objects in the course of which they will learn the important basic techniques that form the core of the craft. These are the skills that every smith uses every time he steps up to the anvil and they will stand the student in good stead as they pursue either general blacksmithing or a more specialized area, like bladesmithing (knife making) or tool making. Ages 15 and up, a materials fee of $30 will be added to the tuition.
Intro to Basic Blacksmithing Techniques
Intro to Basic Blacksmithing Techniques
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Andrew Chapman
MB6107 Feb 20 & 21 2016 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

The basic techniques of blacksmithing: twists, tapers, scrolls & upsets - don't change from project to project and all of these various blacksmithing techniques will be explored during this 2-day class. Students will form wall hooks, bottle openers and various functional objects using set tools, forge, hammer and anvil. Practical methods to creative metal will be the focus with an emphasis on project planning at the forge. Some blacksmithing experience is helpful, but not required. Ages 16 and over, a $30 materials fee will be added to the tuition.
Hammer Making
Hammer Making
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $45.00
All Levels
Andrew Chapman
MB6106 Jan 30 & 31 2016 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

This class will provide an introduction to the tools and techniques used in forging your own hammer. Working together students will forge a lump of steel into an elegant and functional tool. All aspects of the process; punching, drifting, forging, grinding and heat treating will be covered. We will also make handles and mount the forged head on them. Final finish and dressing of the tool will be covered as well. Each student can expect to make and take home at least one hammer of their choice (cross peen, straight peen or rounding) finished and ready to go to work. Ages 16 and over.
Blacksmithing 101
Blacksmithing 101
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Chris Doherty
MB6105 Jan 16 & 17 2016 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge) CLASS FULL: contact registrar@brookfieldcraft.org to be placed on waiting list
This weekend class will introduce the student to the art and science of blacksmithing. Safe work habits and protective gear will be emphasized as we learn to make a basic project. Students can expect to make at least two or three hand forged objects in the course of which they will learn the important basic techniques that form the core of the craft. These are the skills that every smith uses every time he steps up to the anvil and they will stand the student in good stead as they pursue either general blacksmithing or a more specialized area, like bladesmithing (knife making) or tool making. Ages 15 and up, a materials fee of $25 will be added to the tuition. A materials fee of $30.00 will be added to the tuition.
The Blacksmith's Gift
The Blacksmith's Gift
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Chris Doherty
MB5405 Dec 5 & 6 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

'Tis the season and everybody loves a handmade gift, especially one forged by your own hands. On Saturday we will make a variety of stocking stuffers; key rings, bottle openers etc. Expect to make at least three. All projects will be accessible to beginners with various flourishes available for more experienced students. We will also address adding a surface finish to add rust protection and give a finished appearance to your gifts. On Sunday we'll have a bigger project for beginners or students can work on something of their own. If you have a project in mind please contact the instructor in advance to discuss. Included in this class is one 3 hour open studio session at the forge, held Friday nights from 6 to 9 pm, giving students time to finish up any of their projects from the weekend class. Ages 16 and above. A materials fee of $30.00 will be added to the tuition.
Blacksmithing 101
Blacksmithing 101
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $25.00
All Levels
Chris Doherty
MB5403 Nov 14 &15 2015 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

This weekend class will introduce the student to the art and science of blacksmithing. Safe work habits and protective gear will be emphasized as we learn to make a basic project. Students can expect to make at least two or three hand forged objects in the course of which they will learn the important basic techniques that form the core of the craft. These are the skills that every smith uses every time he steps up to the anvil and they will stand the student in good stead as they pursue either general blacksmithing or a more specialized area, like bladesmithing (knife making) or tool making. Ages 15 and up, a materials fee of $25 will be added to the tuition. A materials fee of $25.00 will be added to the tuition.
Hammer Making
Hammer Making
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $45.00
All Levels
Andrew Chapman
MB5404 Nov 7 & 8 2015 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

This class will provide an introduction to the tools and techniques used in forging your own hammer. Working together students will forge a lump of steel into an elegant and functional tool. All aspects of the process; punching, drifting, forging, grinding and heat treating will be covered. We will also make handles and mount the forged head on them. Final finish and dressing of the tool will be covered as well. Each student can expect to make and take home at least one hammer of their choice (cross peen, straight peen or rounding) finished and ready to go to work. Ages 16 and over. A materials fee of $45.00 will be added to the tuition.
Blacksmithing 102
Blacksmithing 102
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $25.00
Intermediate
Chris Doherty
MB5401 Oct 24 & 25 2015 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

This two day course is designed for those who have spent a few hours hitting hot iron, either in an introductory class or on their own, and will cover some more advanced basic techniques. These will include punching and drifting (learn to make a one inch hole in a three quarter inch bar) chiseling/splitting (for forks or pokers) and a basic forge weld. Learning to do these things properly will open up a whole range of possibilities for the beginning blacksmith. During the class each student can expect to complete at least two or three projects like bottle openers, fireplace pokers, forks etc. Ages 16 and older. A materials fee of $25.00 will be added to the tuition.
Intro to Basic Blacksmithing Techniques
Intro to Basic Blacksmithing Techniques
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $20.00
All Levels
Andrew Chapman
MB5402 Oct 10 & 11 2015 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

Twist, tapers, scrolls & upsets - these various blacksmithing techniques will be explored during this 2-day class. Students will form wall hooks, bottle openers and various functional objects using set tools, forge, hammer and anvil. Practical methods to creative metal will be the focus with an emphasis on project planning at the forge. Some blacksmithing experience is helpful, but not required. Ages 16 and over, a $20 materials fee will be added to the tuition. A materials fee of $20.00 will be added to the tuition.
Blacksmithing 101
Blacksmithing 101
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $25.00
Beginner
Chris Doherty
MB5302 Sep 19 & 20 2015 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

This weekend class will introduce the student to the art and science of blacksmithing. Safe work habits and protective gear will be emphasized as we learn to make a basic project. Students can expect to make at least two or three hand forged objects in the course of which they will learn the important basic techniques that form the core of the craft. These are the skills that every smith uses every time he steps up to the anvil and they will stand the student in good stead as they pursue either general blacksmithing or a more specialized area, like bladesmithing (knife making) or tool making. Ages 15 and up, a materials fee of $25 will be added to the tuition.
Intro to Basic Blacksmithing Techniques
Intro to Basic Blacksmithing Techniques
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $20.00
All Levels
Andrew Chapman
MB5303 Sep 12 & 13 2015 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

Twist, tapers, scrolls & upsets - these various blacksmithing techniques will be explored during this 2-day class. Students will form wall hooks, bottle openers and various functional objects using set tools, forge, hammer and anvil. Practical methods to creative metal will be the focus with an emphasis on project planning at the forge. Some blacksmithing experience is helpful, but not required. Ages 16 and over, a $20 materials fee will be added to the tuition. A materials fee of $20.00 will be added to the tuition.
Blacksmithing 101
Blacksmithing 101
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $25.00
Beginner
Chris Doherty
MB5301 Aug 22 & 23 2015 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

This weekend class will introduce the student to the art and science of blacksmithing. Safe work habits and protective gear will be emphasized as we learn to make a basic project. Students can expect to make at least two or three hand forged objects in the course of which they will learn the important basic techniques that form the core of the craft. These are the skills that every smith uses every time he steps up to the anvil and they will stand the student in good stead as they pursue either general blacksmithing or a more specialized area, like bladesmithing (knife making) or tool making. Ages 15 and up, a materials fee of $25 will be added to the tuition.
Youth Hands-on, Hands-dirty Forge Week 2 morning session
Youth Hands-on, Hands-dirty Forge Week 2 morning session
: $295.00
Registration Closed

Youth
Chris Doherty
YP5307 Jul 20-24 2015 (9am-12pm) Mon-Fri (Forge)


What's more fun than bending, stretching and twisting hot metal with hammer and anvil? In a coal forge, students will learn to use fire and hammer to shape hot iron, giving the student a taste of the ancient art of blacksmithing. Each daily project will feature a basic technique fundamental to the craft. As we move along, students will also learn safety procedures, fire maintenance and some of the history and practical aspects of blacksmithing. This hands-on, hands-dirty course is a chance for our youth to come to grips with a real material with real world limitations as they successfully complete a number of useful projects.
Youth Hands-on, Hands-dirty Forge Week 2 afternoon session
Youth Hands-on, Hands-dirty Forge Week 2 afternoon session
: $295.00
Registration Closed

Youth
Chris Doherty
YP5308 Jul 20-24 2015 (1pm-4pm) Mon-Fri (Forge)


What's more fun than bending, stretching and twisting hot metal with hammer and anvil? In a coal forge, students will learn to use fire and hammer to shape hot iron, giving the student a taste of the ancient art of blacksmithing. Each daily project will feature a basic technique fundamental to the craft. As we move along, students will also learn safety procedures, fire maintenance and some of the history and practical aspects of blacksmithing. This hands-on, hands-dirty course is a chance for our youth to come to grips with a real material with real world limitations as they successfully complete a number of useful projects.
Youth Hands-on, Hands-dirty Forge Week 1 morning session
Youth Hands-on, Hands-dirty Forge Week 1 morning session
: $295.00
Registration Closed

Youth
Chris Doherty
YP5305 Jul 13-17 2015 (9am-12pm) Mon-Fri (Forge)


What's more fun than bending, stretching and twisting hot metal with hammer and anvil? In a coal forge, students will learn to use fire and hammer to shape hot iron, giving the student a taste of the ancient art of blacksmithing. Each daily project will feature a basic technique fundamental to the craft. As we move along, students will also learn safety procedures, fire maintenance and some of the history and practical aspects of blacksmithing. This hands-on, hands-dirty course is a chance for our youth to come to grips with a real material with real world limitations as they successfully complete a number of useful projects.
Youth Hands-on, Hands-dirty Forge Week 1 afternoon session
Youth Hands-on, Hands-dirty Forge Week 1 afternoon session
: $295.00
Registration Closed

Youth
Chris Doherty
YP5306 Jul 13-17 2015 (1pm-4pm) Mon-Fri (Forge)


What's more fun than bending, stretching and twisting hot metal with hammer and anvil? In a coal forge, students will learn to use fire and hammer to shape hot iron, giving the student a taste of the ancient art of blacksmithing. Each daily project will feature a basic technique fundamental to the craft. As we move along, students will also learn safety procedures, fire maintenance and some of the history and practical aspects of blacksmithing. This hands-on, hands-dirty course is a chance for our youth to come to grips with a real material with real world limitations as they successfully complete a number of useful projects.
Blacksmithing 102
Blacksmithing 102
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $25.00
Intermediate
Chris Doherty
MB5204 Jun 27 & 28 2015 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

This two day course is designed for those who have spent a few hours hitting hot iron, either in an introductory class or on their own, and will cover some more advanced basic techniques. These will include punching and drifting (learn to make a one inch hole in a three quarter inch bar) chiseling/splitting (for forks or pokers) and a basic forge weld. Learning to do these things properly will open up a whole range of possibilities for the beginning blacksmith. During the class each student can expect to complete at least two or three projects like bottle openers, fireplace pokers, forks etc. Ages 16 and older. A materials fee of $25.00 will be added to the tuition.
Forging Techniques - Twists, Tapers, Scrolls & Upsets
Forging Techniques - Twists, Tapers, Scrolls & Upsets
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $20.00
All Levels
Andrew Chapman
MB5205 Jun 20 & 21 2015 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

Twist, tapers, scrolls & upsets - these various blacksmithing techniques will be explored during this 2-day class. Students will form wall hooks, bottle openers and various functional objects using set tools, forge, hammer and anvil. Practical methods to creative metal will be the focus with an emphasis on project planning at the forge. Some blacksmithing experience is helpful, but not required. Ages 16 and over, a $20 materials fee will be added to the tuition. A materials fee of $20.00 will be added to the tuition.
Blacksmithing 101
Blacksmithing 101
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $25.00
Beginner
Chris Doherty
MB5202 May 16 & 17 2015 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)
Class Full; write to registrar@brookfieldcraft.org to be placed on waiting list.

This weekend class will introduce the student to the art and science of blacksmithing. Safe work habits and protective gear will be emphasized as we learn to make a basic project. Students can expect to make at least two or three hand forged objects in the course of which they will learn the important basic techniques that form the core of the craft. These are the skills that every smith uses every time he steps up to the anvil and they will stand the student in good stead as they pursue either general blacksmithing or a more specialized area, like bladesmithing (knife making) or tool making. Ages 15 and up. A materials fee of $25.00 will be added to the tuition.
Blacksmithing for Younger Students
Blacksmithing for Younger Students
Tuition $140.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $15.00
Beginner
Chris Doherty
MB5210 April 25 & 26 2015 (1pm-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

This class will let young people who are interested get their feet wet in the craft and help decide if it?s something they want to pursue. In the course of making a simple object, (a J-hook, BBQ tool or other project) in a coal forge the student will begin to learn a variety of basic blacksmithing techniques that every blacksmith uses every time he or she lights a forge. Safety and protective gear will be covered before work starts and proper technique (designed to prevent injury or stress) will be covered. Ages 11-14; parents or guardian are welcome to stay and observe. A materials fee of $15.00 will be added to the tuition.
Blacksmithing 101
Blacksmithing 101
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $25.00
Beginner
Chris Doherty
MB5201 Apr 18 & 19 2015 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

This weekend class will introduce the student to the art and science of blacksmithing. Safe work habits and protective gear will be emphasized as we learn to make a basic project. Students can expect to make at least two or three hand forged objects in the course of which they will learn the important basic techniques that form the core of the craft. These are the skills that every smith uses every time he steps up to the anvil and they will stand the student in good stead as they pursue either general blacksmithing or a more specialized area, like bladesmithing (knife making) or tool making. Ages 15 and up. A materials fee of $25.00 is added to the tuition.
Blacksmithing 102
Blacksmithing 102
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $25.00
Intermediate
Chris Doherty
MB5103 Mar 28, 29 2015 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)
Registration will close one week prior to the date of the first class. Register early to reserve your space!

This two day course is designed for those who have spent a few hours hitting hot iron, either in an introductory class or on their own, and will cover some more advanced basic techniques. These will include punching and drifting (learn to make a one inch hole in a three quarter inch bar) chiseling/splitting (for forks or pokers) and a basic forge weld. Learning to do these things properly will open up a whole range of possibilities for the beginning blacksmith. During the class each student can expect to complete at least two or three projects like bottle openers, fireplace pokers, forks etc. Ages 16 and older, a materials fee of $25 is added to the tuition.
Blacksmithing 101
Blacksmithing 101
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $25.00
Beginner
Chris Doherty
MB5104 March 7 & 8 2015 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)
Registration will close one week prior to the date of the first class. Register early to reserve your space!

This weekend class will introduce the student to the art and science of blacksmithing. Safe work habits and protective gear will be emphasized as we learn to make a basic project. Students can expect to make at least two or three hand forged objects in the course of which they will learn the important basic techniques that form the core of the craft. These are the skills that every smith uses every time he steps up to the anvil and they will stand the student in good stead as they pursue either general blacksmithing or a more specialized area, like bladesmithing (knife making) or tool making. Ages 15 and up, a materials fee of $25 is included in the tuition.
Blacksmithing 101
Blacksmithing 101
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $25.00
Beginner
Chris Doherty
MB5102 Feb 21, 22 2015 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)
CLASS FULL... Call 203-775-4526 to be added to waiting list.

This weekend class will introduce the student to the art and science of blacksmithing. Safe work habits and protective gear will be emphasized as we learn to make a basic project. Students can expect to make at least two or three hand forged objects in the course of which they will learn the important basic techniques that form the core of the craft. These are the skills that every smith uses every time he steps up to the anvil and they will stand the student in good stead as they pursue either general blacksmithing or a more specialized area, like bladesmithing (knife making) or tool making. Ages 15 and older, a materials fee of $25 is added to the tuition.
Blacksmithing 101
Blacksmithing 101
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $25.00
Beginner
Chris Doherty
MB5101 Jan 24, 25 2015 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)
CLASS FULL... Call 203-775-4526 to be added to waiting list.

This weekend class will introduce the student to the art and science of blacksmithing. Safe work habits and protective gear will be emphasized as we learn to make a basic project. Students can expect to make at least two or three hand forged objects in the course of which they will learn the important basic techniques that form the core of the craft. These are the skills that every smith uses every time he steps up to the anvil and they will stand the student in good stead as they pursue either general blacksmithing or a more specialized area, like bladesmithing (knife making) or tool making. Ages 15 and up, a materials fee of $25 is added to the tuition.
Blacksmithing for Teens
Blacksmithing for Teens
Tuition $120.00
Registration Closed

Beginner
Chris Doherty
MB4407 Nov 11, 12 2014 (6-9 pm) Tues/Wed (Forge)

This two night class will let young people (ages 13 to 16) who are interested get their feet wet in the craft and help decide if itís something they want to pursue. In the course of making a simple object, (a J-hook, BBQ tool or other project) in a coal forge the student will begin to learn a variety of basic blacksmithing techniques that every blacksmith uses every time he or she lights a forge. Safety and protective gear will be covered before work starts and proper technique (designed to prevent injury or stress) will be covered. Parents or guardian are welcome to stay and observe.
Intermediate Blacksmithing
Intermediate Blacksmithing
Tuition $280.00
Registration Closed

Intermediate
Chris Doherty
MB4405 Nov 1 & 2, 2014 (10:00 am - 4:30 pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)
Registration will close one week prior to the date of the first class. Register early to reserve your space!

This two day course is designed for those who have spent a few hours hitting hot iron, whether in an introductory class or on their own, and will cover some more advanced basic techniques. These will include punching and drifting (learn to make a one inch hole in a three quarter inch bar) chiseling/splitting (for forks or pokers) and a basic forge weld. Learning to do these things properly will open up a whole range of possibilities for the beginning blacksmith. During the class each student can expect to complete at least two or three projects like bottle openers, fireplace pokers, forks etc.
Introduction to Blacksmithing
Introduction to Blacksmithing
Tuition $280.00
Registration Closed

Beginner
Chris Doherty
MB4404 Oct 18 & 19 2014 (10:00 am - 4:30 pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)
ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!!!.

This weekend class will introduce the student to the art and science of blacksmithing. Safe work habits and protective gear will be emphasized as we learn to make a basic project. Students can expect to make at least two or three hand forged objects in the course of which they will learn the important basic techniques that form the core of the craft. These skills will stand the student in good stead as they pursue either general blacksmithing or a more specialized area, like bladesmithing (knife making) or tool making.
Blacksmithing for Teens
Blacksmithing for Teens
Tuition $150.00
Registration Closed

Beginner
Chris Doherty
MB4403 Oct 11 2014 (10:00 am - 4:30 pm) Saturday (Forge)
Registration will close one week prior to the date of the first class. Register early to reserve your space!

This one day class will let young people (ages 13 to 16) who are interested get their feet wet in the craft and help decide if itís something they want to pursue. In the course of making a simple object, (a J-hook, BBQ tool or other project) in a coal forge the student will begin to learn a variety of basic blacksmithing techniques that every blacksmith uses every time he or she lights a forge. Safety and protective gear will be covered before work starts and proper technique (designed to prevent injury or stress) will be covered. Parents or guardian are welcome to stay and observe.
Docent Blacksmithing
Docent Blacksmithing
Tuition $140.00
Registration Closed

Intermediate
Chris Doherty
MB4103 Aug 1, 8, 15, 22, 2014 (6pm-9pm) Fridays (Forge)

Docent Class is offered to give experienced blacksmiths time in our fully equipped forge to create their own pieces. There is no instruction and no metal materials are supplied..
Basic Blacksmithing
Basic Blacksmithing
Tuition $115.00
Registration Closed

Beginner
Chris Doherty
MB4100 Wednesday, July 16 2014 (10am-2pm)  (Forge)

Materials are included in the tuition.  See what the buzz is all about and get introduced to the Good Forge at Brookfield Craft Center. This Sampler Workshop gives students an overview of the basics of blacksmithing, and a chance to create a small project using a coal forge. Students should expect to gain some working knowledge of hammering steel on an anvil, and complete a small ornamental piece to take home. This taste of blacksmithing may very well wet your appetite for more in-depth workshops in blacksmithing and bladesmithing at the Good Forge.Teens are welcome, but please call in advance of registration for details. 
Basic Blacksmithing
Basic Blacksmithing
Tuition $115.00
Registration Closed

Beginner
Chris Doherty
MB4101 July 16 2014 (6pm-10pm) Wednesday (Forge)

Materials are included in the tuition.  See what the buzz is all about and get introduced to the Good Forge at Brookfield Craft Center. This Sampler Workshop gives students an overview of the basics of blacksmithing, and a chance to create a small project using a coal forge. Students should expect to gain some working knowledge of hammering steel on an anvil, and complete a small ornamental piece to take home. This taste of blacksmithing may very well wet your appetite for more in-depth workshops in blacksmithing and bladesmithing at the Good Forge.Teens are welcome, but please call in advance of registration for details.
Blacksmithing 101 w/ Matthew Parkinson
Blacksmithing 101
Tuition $240.00
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Beginner, Experienced Beginner, Advanced Beginner
Unsure if this class is appropriate for your skill level? Contact us and find out.

Matthew Parkinson

MB2213 October 12 & 13, 2013 (10am - 5pm) Saturday/Sunday (The Good Forge)

Students interested in blacksmithing will gain a working knowledge of the fundamentals in this enjoyable weekend workshop. Basic techniques will be covered, including use of tools, safety, the forge, controlling a fire, reading the temperature of the metals, and shaping. Special emphasis will be placed on gaining a solid foundation of hammer techniques and use, handling hot steel and fire control. Students can expect to complete one (possibly more) pieces during this workshop, and will have gained a working knowledge about the forge that can be built upon for future explorations of both process and object design. A studio/materials fee of $45 is due at time of registration. Teens are welcome, but please call in advance of registration for details.
Forging a Firepoker
Forging a Firepoker: Start to Finish
Tuition $300.00
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Beginners
Unsure if this class is appropriate for your skill level? Contact us and find out.

Jonathan Nedbor
MB3013 August 17 &18 (10am - 5pm) Saturday/Sunday (The Good Forge)


This two day class will give students the opportunity to make a handforged firepoker while practicing forge welding. The first part of the class will focus on making the handle for the poker. to form the handles we will explore a number of techniques including chiseling, twisting, punching, swaging, fullering and splitting. The body of the poker will then be forge welded to the handle in 2 parts. Students should have some forging experience, including forge welding. We will work to bring each student through the process of forge welding so that it becomes easy to do. Minimum age 14 (parent-teen duos are encouraged for a rewarding family experience, either gender would enjoy it!). A studio/materials fee of $45 is due at the time of registration.
 
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