Advanced Blacksmithing Workshop is designed for participants eager to hone their blacksmithing skill sets learned in our popular series of Primitive Skills Camps. Participants will heat steel to workable temperatures beyond 1500 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 four day, workshop style offering participants will also 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!
Note, blacksmithing experience is a must for admission into this offering.
Ages: Girls and boys 9 – 14 years old
Experience Requirement: Must have completed one or more Primitive Skills Camps.
Days / Times: Monday, June 15 to Thursday, June 18. From 9AM to 3PM daily.
Where: To increase social distancing, this camp location has been updated entirely. This camp will take place at Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort at 6834 N Lake Blvd, Tahoe Vista, CA 96148.
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.