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Men and women of varying ages and interests travel from all over the region to engage in BCC’s 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. BCC’s 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. Click to view our Summer Youth Forge Classes


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Forge Open Studio 2018
Forge Open Studio 2018
Tuition as low as $20/session. Single session: $25.00

Intermediate
Studio Monitor: Chris Doherty
MB8101 - 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.)
Youth - After School Blacksmithing
Youth - After School Blacksmithing
Tuition $170.00
CLASS FULL; write to registrar@brookfieldcraft.org to be placed on waiting list

Materials Fee: 20.00
Beginner

Chris Doherty CLASS FULL

MB8202 Apr 20, 27, May 4,11, 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 it’s 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 Blade
The Blacksmith’s Blade
Tuition $255.00
CLASS FULL; write to registrar@brookfieldcraft.org to be placed on waiting list

Materials Fee: $35
Intermediate

Chris Doherty CLASS FULL

MB8109 Apr 28 & 29, 2018 (10:00 am - 4:30 pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

In this two day class each student will finish one or more self handled “Blacksmith’s” knives. The knives consist of a forged single edged blade and a skeleton handle that is forged out and bent around to form a useful grip. The knives will be made from a simple high carbon tool steel (1084) forged out, rough ground, heat treated and then finish ground and sharpened. A few hours of blacksmithing experience required. We will cover basic heat treating theory. Ages 18 and up (16 with parental approval), a materials fee of $35 will be added to the tuition.
Blacksmithing 101
Blacksmithing 101
Tuition $255.00
CLASS FULL; write to registrar@brookfieldcraft.org to be placed on waiting list

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Chris Doherty CLASS FULL

MB8203 May 5 & 6, 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.
Spring Open House on Saturday, May 19th, Noon-5pm
Spring Open House on Saturday, May 19th, Noon-5pm
Come join us!




SM8201 May 19, 2018 (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
Taste of Blacksmithing
Tuition $65.00
CLASS FULL; write to registrar@brookfieldcraft.org to be placed on waiting list

Materials Fee: $15
Beginner

Chris Doherty CLASS FULL

MB8205 Sunday, May 20 2018 (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 $255.00

Materials Fee: $30.00
Intermediate
Chris Doherty

MB8207 May 26 & 27 2018 (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.
Forged Egg Spoon
Forged Egg Spoon
Tuition $150.00

Materials Fee: $25
All Levels

Chris Doherty
MB8210 June 2, 2018 (10:00 am - 5:30 pm) Saturday (Forge)

The “egg spoon” as popularized by celebrity chef and author Alice Waters was hand forged by a blacksmith. A shallow ladle on a long handle, it is used to perfectly cook a single egg as a sort of meditative act. This artisnal origin, the trace of the makers hand in a very personal kitchen implement, was meant to foster a connection to the primal act of cooking. Imagine how much more profound that connection will be with a spoon you hand forged yourself! And if food based meditation is not a big interest, note that these are perfect for use camping or around a fire pit in the backyard. This one day class is open to all, the student can expect to learn a little about the craft of blacksmithing and come away with a spoon that bears the mark of their own hand, in a personal and unique design.
At the end of the class will try out their creations with fresh, (as in "laid this morning") organic, locally sourced eggs from nearby Hollbrook Farms. Ages 18 and up (16 with parental approval), a materials fee of $25 will be added to the tuition.
The Blacksmith’s Blade
The Blacksmith’s Blade
Tuition $255.00

Materials Fee: $35
Intermediate

Chris Doherty
MB8208 June 9 & 10, 2018 (10:00 am - 4:30 pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

In this two day class each student will finish one or more self handled “Blacksmith’s” knives. The knives consist of a forged single edged blade and a skeleton handle that is forged out and bent around to form a useful grip. The knives will be made from a simple high carbon tool steel (1084) forged out, rough ground, heat treated and then finish ground and sharpened. A few hours of blacksmithing experience required. We will cover basic heat treating theory. Ages 18 and up (16 with parental approval), a materials fee of $35 will be added to the tuition.
Blacksmithing 101
Blacksmithing 101
Tuition $255.00
CLASS FULL; write to registrar@brookfieldcraft.org to be placed on waiting list

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Chris Doherty CLASS FULL

MB8206 Jun 16 & 17, 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.
Intro to Damascus
Intro to Damascus
Tuition $255.00

Materials Fee: $60.00
All Levels
Chris Doherty

MB8209 June 30 - July 1, 2018 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday /Sunday (Forge)

In this class students will learn to make “Damascus” (pattern welded steel). This beautiful and historic material can be used to make knives, tools or decorative objects. Starting with bars of two different kinds of high carbon steel, students will forge weld them into billets, fold and draw out the steel – repeating this until the desired layer count is achieved. Basic patterning will be covered, including twists, ladder patterns etc. Each student can expect to leave the class with at least enough patterned steel to make two knives, and the knowledge to make more. The class will make use of our newly installed hydraulic press. Ages 16 and older. A materials fee of $60.00 will be added to the tuition.
Hammer Making
Hammer Making
Tuition $300.00

Materials Fee: $45.00
All Levels
Andrew Chapman
MB8306 July 14 & 15, 2018 (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.
Forged Egg Spoon
Forged Egg Spoon
Tuition $150.00

Materials Fee: $25
All Levels

Chris Doherty
MB8307 July 28, 2018 (10:00 am - 5:30 pm) Saturday (Forge)

The “egg spoon” as popularized by celebrity chef and author Alice Waters was hand forged by a blacksmith. A shallow ladle on a long handle, it is used to perfectly cook a single egg as a sort of meditative act. This artisnal origin, the trace of the makers hand in a very personal kitchen implement, was meant to foster a connection to the primal act of cooking. Imagine how much more profound that connection will be with a spoon you hand forged yourself! And if food based meditation is not a big interest, note that these are perfect for use camping or around a fire pit in the backyard. This one day class is open to all, the student can expect to learn a little about the craft of blacksmithing and come away with a spoon that bears the mark of their own hand, in a personal and unique design.
At the end of the class will try out their creations with fresh, (as in "laid this morning") organic, locally sourced eggs from nearby Hollbrook Farms. Ages 18 and up (16 with parental approval), a materials fee of $25 will be added to the tuition.
Blacksmithing 101
Blacksmithing 101
Tuition $255.00

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Chris Doherty

MB8302 Aug 4 & 5, 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.
Blacksmithing 102
Blacksmithing 102
Tuition $255.00

Materials Fee: $30.00
Intermediate
Chris Doherty

MB8303 Aug 18 & 19 2018 (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.
   
 
 
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