Blacksmithing experience is required for admission into this offering (like multiple Primitive Skills Camp sessions). Participants must have a desire to continue a deep dive into blacksmithing skill sets, know how and best practices.
Advanced Blacksmithing is designed for participants eager to hone their blacksmithing skill sets learned in our popular Primitive Skills Camp. Participants will heat steel to workable temperatures 1000+ degrees fahrenheit! Then use tongs, anvils, hammers and smaller tools to taper steel into artwork. Blacksmithing is a creative and physical art that requires the smith to fully commit and create through the ebb and flow of heating, hammering and reheating steel.
In this Friday workshop, participants will learn to:
- Design works to scale using drawing, grid paper and units of measure.
- Mix mediums like copper, steel, stone and wood.
- Rivet and combine two pieces of metal together.
- Heat treat and strengthen metal works.
- And more!
Ages: Girls and boys 9 – 14 years old
Experience Requirement: Must have completed one or more Primitive Skills Camps.
When: See Friday Workshop dates listed below. All sessions run from 9:00am to 3:00pm.
What to Bring: Closed-toed shoes and cotton pants/jeans and long sleeves are required for blacksmithing. Synthetic clothing is not permitted while blacksmithing, as it melts. We will provide gloves, ear and eye protection.
Hydration / Nutrition: Please bring a water bottle, snacks and lunch to power through each camp day.
Final Products: Campers will bring refined and finished metal works and art home at the end of camp.
Camp Price: $175