Classes taught at The Crucible
Learn how to heat steel in a forge and shape it with a hammer, anvil and chisel. Crucible blacksmithing courses teach smithing operations such as drawing, shrinking, bending, upsetting and punching, so you can make pieces of your own. Advanced classes introduce you to the power hammer, bladesmithing, forge welding, and ornamental ironwork.
3-Hour Taster: Blacksmithing
3-Hour Tasters are a great way to explore a new art form without the deeper commitment of a full course. After a basic introduction to forging steel and using blacksmithing tools, make a steel hook to take home. Take a Taster and meet new friends or give the gift of creativity to someone special.
Learn the basics of blacksmithing. This class teaches the fundamental skills needed to forge steel and understand blacksmithing tools. We will introduce tapering, upsetting, flattening, dishing, and bending of hot steel. Students make small projects, such as spoons, knives, forks, and hooks.
Deepen your knowledge in this sequel to Blacksmithing I. This class is designed to develop your basic skills along with techniques including scroll-making, collaring, basic tool-making, and heat-treating. You’ll gain the skills needed to move on to more advanced classes like Bladesmithing and Techniques in Ornamental Ironwork. PREREQUISITE: Blacksmithing I
This specialized course focuses on the forging techniques needed to produce sharp-edged tools of high-carbon steel. We will cover blade design, control of steel grain structure, hardening and tempering methods, steel finishes, and handle construction. Emphasis is on learning the fundamental skills needed to forge a good knife. PREREQUISITE: Blacksmithing I & II
Learn an expert-level skill in this advanced blacksmithing class. For centuries, forgewelding was the only way to weld steel and iron, most commonly being used for pattern welding blades and knives. Now, you can deepen your skills in this 2-day class that covers all the fundamentals of this traditional craft. Learn the process of repeatedly drawing out a billet of steel, then folding it back and welding it upon itself. This class is also your introduction to the power hammer. PREREQUISITES: Blacksmithing I & II
Forge Your Own Blacksmithing Tools
Create your own blacksmithing tools in this 5-session class. You will make a punch and learn how to use it to punch the eye on a hammerhead. Also learn techniques in double striking, heat-treating, and be introduced to the power hammer. Students make two essential tools of the trade for your personal use. PREREQUISITES: Blacksmithing I & II
Forging Fire Eating Torches
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. Students will make two fire eating torches from beginning to end.
Friday Flame: Blacksmithing
End the workweek with fire, friends, and a toast. Join us for Friday Flame, a unique night focused on industrial arts and good company. Learn to flatten, taper, bend, twist, and oil forged steel into your own hand-forged bottle opener. Then sip wine or beer with the group and marvel at your new masterpiece! Nonalcoholic options are also available.
Get a grip making your own unique metal handle. This class is a taste of blacksmithing where students learn the basic techniques of how to hammer, twist, and curve iron. Each participant will use a hammer and anvil to craft square metal into a decorative handle.
Power Hammer I
We will focus on power hammer techniques as we forge a set of basic hammer tools, side sets, round-back flatter, and a pair of tongs. By the time these new tools are heat-treated, students will go a long way towards mastering the skill set. Emphasis will be on the safe and effective operation and maintenance of the hammer. PREREQUISITES: Blacksmithing I & II
Power Hammer II
Building on the skills of Power Hammer I, students 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 learn to make various handheld punches, cutters and side sets for work under the power hammer. In addition to forging these tools, this class covers the basics of simple heat-treating. PREREQUISITE: Power Hammer I
Techniques in Ornamental Iron Work
Take your skills to the next level and begin producing work that sells! This class covers traditional decorative iron work methods and introduces the power hammer. You will explore techniques such as steel carving, fullering, and riveting to create an ornamental dragon. PREREQUISITES: Blacksmithing I & II
Women’s Blacksmithing I
Ladies, learn the basics of blacksmithing, taught by women. This class covers the fundamentals needed to forge steel and understand blacksmithing tools. We’ll introduce tapering, upsetting, flattening, dishing, and bending of hot steel - all the same skills and techniques as in Blacksmithing I, just with more girl power! Students make small projects, such as spoons, knives, forks and hooks.
Youth Blacksmithing I
Learn to bend and shape steel in The Crucible’s smithy as you practice traditional blacksmithing techniques such as drawing, bending, twisting, punching, slitting and drifting using the forge and anvil. Students will learn to forge with confidence and complete projects such as a bracelet, hook, fork, and spoon.
Youth Blacksmithing II
This class, designed as a sequel to Youth Blacksmithing I, extends your basic blacksmithing abilities. Techniques covered will include scroll making, collaring, basic tool making, and heat treating. This class provides skills you need for more advanced classes, such as Techniques in Ornamental Ironwork. PREREQUISITE: Youth Blacksmithing I
Youth Blacksmithing Immersion Program
Dive deep in this beginning and continuing level youth workshop. Students take an immersive step into weeklong study, becoming young artisans along the way. Learn to bend and shape steel in The Crucible’s smithy as you develop traditional blacksmithing techniques such as drawing, bending, twisting, punching, slitting and drifting, using the forge and anvil. You will also be exposed to theory, principles, and extensive techniques that let you design and create your own independent projects. No experience necessary.