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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.)
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.
Intro to Damascus
Intro to Damascus
Tuition $255.00
Class Full: write to registrar@brookfieldcraft.org to be placed on wait list for this class

Materials Fee: $60.00
All Levels
Chris Doherty CLASS FULL

MB8304 Sept 1 & 2 , 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.
Beginning Bladesmithing
Beginning Bladesmithing
Tuition $240.00
Class Full: write to registrar@brookfieldcraft.org to be placed on wait list for this class

Materials Fee: $40
All Levels

Matthew Berry CLASS FULL

MK8301 Sept 8 & 9, 2018 (10:00 am - 5:00 pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

This course is an introduction to bladesmithing designed for people with little to no experience. We will cover the fundamentals of forging including heating the steel, hammering technique, different types of hammers, etc. Students will learn the basics of heat treating and heat treat their own blades. Grinding and finishing the blades will also be covered in some depth. Students will be creating a 4"-6" full tang knife with a wooden slab handle. Closed toed leather shoes, saftey glasses, and long pants required. Please wear non-synthetic clothing. Safety toe shoes highly recommended. Ages 16 and up, a materials fee of $40 will be added to the tuition.
Blacksmithing 101
Blacksmithing 101
Tuition $255.00

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Chris Doherty

MB8305 Sept 15 & 16, 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 Welding for the Artist-Blacksmith
Intro to Welding for the Artist-Blacksmith
Tuition $255.00

Materials Fee: $40.00
All Levels
Andrew Chapman

MB8311 Sep 29 & 30, 2018 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

Welding is used in the fabrication or sculptural process to fuse two components together. Introduction to welding will teach this process using MIG welding technology and arc welding techniques. Students will learn to set up their welders, prepare their raw materials, and learn various types of joints. These wlding techniques will be combined with creating fixtures, jigs and tools to help execute functional items. Ages 16 and over, a $40 materials fee will be added to the tuition.
The Blacksmith’s Blade
The Blacksmith’s Blade
Tuition $255.00

Materials Fee: $35
Intermediate

Chris Doherty
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.
Taste of Blacksmithing
Taste of Blacksmithing
Tuition $65.00

Materials Fee: $15
Beginner

Chris Doherty

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.
   
 
 
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