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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.)
Blacksmithing 102
Blacksmithing 102
Tuition $255.00

Materials Fee: $30.00
Intermediate
Chris Doherty

MB8405 Nov 17 & 18 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.
Kitchen Gifts from the Forge
Kitchen Gifts from the Forge
Tuition $255.00

Materials Fee: $35.00
All Levels
Chris Doherty
MB8412 Dec 8 & 9 2018 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

It’s that time of year when gifts are needed and this class will help fill that need for anyone on your list that cooks. The student can expect to come away with at least two hand forged tools, ready to be wrapped and gifted, as well as learning some new techniques and practicing others. We can make spatulas, bottle openers, forks, ladles, spoons and other projects. Students should contact the instructor if they have particular projects in mind. A materials fee of $35.00 will be added to the tuition.
Forging Numbers & Letters in Steel
Forging Numbers & Letters in Steel
Tuition $255.00

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Cody Rugar

MB9102 Jan 5 & 6, 2019 (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 $30 is added to the tuition.
Blacksmithing 101
Blacksmithing 101
Tuition $255.00

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Chris Doherty

MB9103 Jan 19 & 20, 2019 (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

MB9104 Jan 26 & 27, 2019 (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 $255.00

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Chris Doherty

MB9105 Feb 9 & 10, 2019 (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

MB9106 Feb 16 & 17, 2019 (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.

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