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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.


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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.)
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.
Forged Egg Spoon
Forged Egg Spoon
Tuition $150.00

Materials Fee: $25
All Levels

Chris Doherty

MB8409 Oct 28, 2018 (10:00 am - 5:30 pm) Sunday (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.
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

MB8404 Nov 3 & 4, 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 welding 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.
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.
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.
Beginning Bladesmithing
Beginning Bladesmithing
Tuition $255.00
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

MK8401 Dec 15 & 16, 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.
   
 
 
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