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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.)
The Blacksmith’s Blade
The Blacksmith’s Blade
Tuition $255.00
Class Full: write to registrar@brookfieldcraft.org to be placed on wait list for this class

Materials Fee: $35
Intermediate

Chris Doherty CLASS FULL

MB8401 Oct 6 & 7, 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.
Fall Open House on Saturday, October 13th, Noon-5pm
Fall Open House on Saturday, October 13th, Noon-5pm
Come join us!




SM8401 October 13, 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 wait list for this class

Materials Fee: $15
Beginner

Chris Doherty CLASS FULL

MB8402 Sunday, Oct 14, 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.
Youth - After School Blacksmithing
Youth - After School Blacksmithing
Tuition $170.00

Materials Fee: 20.00
Beginner

Chris Doherty

MB8406 Oct 19, 26, Nov 2, 9, 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.
Hammer Making
Hammer Making
Tuition $300.00

Materials Fee: $45.00
All Levels
Andrew Chapman
MB8403 October 20-21, 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.
Blacksmithing 101
Blacksmithing 101
Tuition $255.00

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Chris Doherty

MB8408 Nov 10 & 11, 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.

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