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Men and women of varying ages and interests travel from all over the region to engage in BCCs spirited smithy community. The Good Forge houses 2 coal forges, 2 propane forges, safety equipment and hand and power tools needed to forge, sharpen and finish blades, tools, and functional and decorative steel objects. BCCs blacksmithing and bladesmithing workshops cater to absolute beginners, experienced students and hobbyists, and accomplished artisans. Sampler workshops of 3 to 4 hours offer glimpses into the program. Introductory through advanced workshops typically run weekend-long, and all workshops are limited to 6 participants. Open Studio sessions on Friday evenings allow those with forging experience to work independently among fellow artists.


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Forge Open Studio 2017
Tuition as low as $20/session. Single session: $25.00

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

Work independently in BCC's Good Forge any Wednesday or 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.)
Blacksmithing 101
Tuition $240.00

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.
Youth - After School Blacksmithing
Tuition $160.00

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 its 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 102
Tuition $240.00

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.
Fall Open House on Saturday, October 14th, Noon-5pm
WE HOPE YOU CAN ATTEND!!




SM7401 October 14, 2017 (noon-5pm) Saturday (Campus-wide)

Brookfield Craft Center will host a community open house on their campus located at 286 Whisconier Road in Brookfield, Connecticut. This creative event is free, open to the public and will feature demonstrations conducted by talented faculty artists working in all of the studios.
Taste of Blacksmithing
Tuition $60.00

Materials Fee: $15
Beginner

Chris Doherty
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 101
Tuition $240.00

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.
Forging Numbers & Letters in Steel
Tuition $240.00

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.
Bottle Openers
Tuition $240.00

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.
Intro Bladesmithing on Thanksgiving Weekend
Tuition $280.00
CLASS FULL; write to registrar@brookfieldcraft.org to be placed on waiting list

Materials Fee: $30.00
Beginner
Matthew Parkinson CLASS FULL

MK7403 Nov 25 & 26 2017 (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.
The Blacksmith's Gift
Tuition $240.00

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.
Kitchen knife
Tuition $280.00

Materials Fee: $30.00
Beginner
Matthew Parkinson

MK7402 Dec 9 & 10 2017 (10am-5:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

In this two day class students will make their own chef's knife from high carbon steel. All aspects of bladesmithing with be covered from forging the blade to shaping, then heat treating, grinding and polishing, making and fitting a wooden handle and finally sharpening. Ages 16 and older. A materials fee of $30.00 will be added to the tuition.
   
 
 
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