Blacksmithing classes Bay Area

Currently Offered

Classes run on a quarterly basis. Summer registration for members begins May 20. Public registration begins June 3rd. Summer classes begin July 19th. Membership also entitles you to 10% off class tuition, 25% off during some special events. Not applicable to tasters. Not combinable with other offers.

Blacksmithing Faculty

Chris Niemer – Area Head
Ben Carpenter
Brian Buono
Carla Hall
Graham Rogers – Teaching Assistant
Jason Krist
Jeff Pringle
Mackenzie O’Brien – Teaching Assistant
Schuyler Mcllister

Learn the basics of heating steel in a forge and shaping it with a hammer, anvil and chisel. You’ll master five basic smithing operations: drawing, shrinking, bending, upsetting and punching, and you’ll make several small pieces of your own. Advanced classes introduce you to the power hammer, bladesmithing, forge welding and ornamental ironwork.

Three-Hour Taster

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Entry-level
$135.00

Complete a small project to take home while learning the very basics of forging steel and using blacksmithing tools. Taster classes make great gifts for a do-it-yourselfer, or small groups. Sign up for one morning and one afternoon taster on the same day in separate disciplines and receive a $15 discount.

Blacksmithing I

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Entry-level
$405.00
Take this class with a friend and get a discount.
Week-long classes go deeper: $690

Learn the art of forging and shaping steel, and gain a working understanding of blacksmithing tools. You’ll be introduced to tapering, upsetting, flattening, dishing and bending while making several small projects, such as spoons, knives, forks and hooks.

Women’s Blacksmithing I

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15 Hours
Entry Level
Members: $371.50
Public: $405.00
Offered twice a year

This special workshop, taught by women just for women, teaches the fundamental steel forging techniques of tapering, upsetting, flattening, and twisting. You will have a chance to make a small project while learning the same skills and completing the same projects as the regular Blacksmithing I class, just with more woman power!

Blacksmithing II

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16 Hours
Prerequisite: Blacksmithing I
Members: $353.50
Public: $385.00

Take your forging skills to the next level by learning more advanced techniques including scroll making, collaring, basic tool making and heat treating. This class prepares you for advanced Crucible blacksmithing classes like Bladesmithing and Techniques in Ornamental Ironwork.

Techniques in Ornamental
Iron Work

Team Building Ornamental Iron Classes in Bay Area
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Prerequisites: Blacksmithing I and II

Take your skills to the next level and begin producing quality work that sells. This class covers traditional decorative ironwork methods and introduces the power hammer. You will learn and explore techniques including scroll work, hot chisel work, twisting, floral design and other form-shaping procedures.

Power Hammer I

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Prerequisites: Blacksmithing I and II

The power hammer is a pneumatic or mechanical hammer used to shape metal. This workshop will focus on theory, safety, control and basic free-form and tooling techniques. Each student will learn and practice techniques in forging and heat treating a set of basic hammer tools which include: side sets, round-back flatter and a pair of tongs bringing students mastery skill level on the power hammer by the end of the class. Emphasis will be put on the effective and safe operation and maintenance of the hammer. This course is the first prerequisite for the Power Hammer in our CREATE program which gives students independent access to the tools and equipment in the smithy for developing skills and creating individual projects.

Power Hammer II

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16 Hours
Prerequisites: Blacksmithing I & II, Powerhammer I
Members: $685.00
Public: $750

Building on the skills of Power Hammer I, students will break down large cross sections (2” square or round or better) of 4140 tool steel to make open and closed hand held dies. The open dies can make moldings from flat stock or textures for plate or bar stock. The closed dies can make balls, acorns or knobs of many different designs for the end or middle of a bar. Students will also learn to make various hand held punches, cutters and side sets for work under the power hammer. In addition to forging these tools, the class will learn the basics of simple heat treating. This course is the second prerequisite for the Power Hammer in our CREATE program which gives students independent access to the tools and equipment in the smithy for developing skills and creating individual projects.

Forgewelding

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Offered twice a year. Prerequisite: Blacksmithing I and II

This advanced blacksmithing skill has long been the highest mark of metalworking expertise. For centuries, it was the only way to weld steel and iron, and was commonly used to pattern weld blades and knives. The intensive two-day class covers all the fundamentals of this ancient method. Learn the process of repeatedly drawing out a billet of steel, then folding it back and welding it upon itself, the importance of flux and proper use of the power hammer.

Build Your Own Propane Forge

Team Building Forge Building Classes in Bay Area
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Entry-level. Offered yearly.

Need creative fire? Build your own forge. Guided by a professional blacksmith, you’ll build a basic forge from an efficient design using three types of refractory materials, and keep it to use for your own blacksmithing projects. The materials fee includes all parts and equipment costs except the propane tank. Welding experience is helpful, but not necessary.

Bladesmithing

Team Building Bladesmithing Classes in Bay Area
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Offered twice a year. Prerequisite: Blacksmithing I and II

This highly specialized course focuses on the forging techniques you need to produce sharp-edged tools of high-carbon steel. You will learn blade design, forging techniques for blade steels and controlling steel’s grain structure, as well as hardening and tempering methods, steel finishes and handle construction. We emphasize the fundamental skills you need to forge a good knife.

Forge Your Own
Blacksmithing Tools

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15 Hours
Members: $410.50
Public: $445.00
Prereq: Blacksmithing I and II

Learn how to make your own personal blacksmithing tools. Make a punch and learn how to use it to punch the eye on a hammerhead. You will also learn techniques in double striking and heat treating, and be introduced to the power hammer. Come out of the class having made two essential tools of the trade for your personal use.

Forging Fire Eating Torches

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Entry-level

Learn how to make your own personal fire eating performance tools, while practicing such basic forging techniques as tapering, flattening, twisting and finishing. Remove mill scale and add patinas to your pieces, and learn how sealants protect torches from rusting. Construction of kevlar heads will also be covered. You will come out having made two fire eating torches from beginning to end.