Find Your Inner Smithy!
Updated: Mar 5
The Floyd Center for the Arts is excited to bring in the springtime with multiple blacksmithing workshops throughout the season! From beginners to advanced you will be able to find a workshop that can fit your level of experience.
Instructor, Bryan Fritts has been teaching with the Center for many years and has a beloved following. His training is specialized to those who are brand new to blacksmithing as well as to those who have more advanced skills. One of the courses taught by him is a recycling/upcycling workshop, titled, ‘Repurposed with a Purpose: Blacksmithing with Found Objects’. It’s a lot of fun and just in time for Earth Month.
Our newest Blacksmithing instructor is Harley Akers. Taught by John Riddle, Akers has years of applied, self-taught learning. He brings enthusiasm and love for the trade into every class.
Please check out the links below to learn more!
March 13th, 12 pm - 3 pm, the Old Dominion Blacksmithing Association is hosting its workshop. If interested in viewing from afar, visitors are welcome to come by the forge and observe blacksmithing in action. This will show visitors what entails a blacksmithing workshop, and you may even get to meet experts in the field. (Come on by, but please be mindful of their space and time.)
March 20-21-Strike While the Iron’s Hot, Intro to Blacksmithing, with Harley Akers. To sign up:
April 17-18- Repurposed with a Purpose: Blacksmithing with Found Objects, Workshop with Bryan Fritts. To sign up:
May 1-2 -Fun at the Forge: Beginning Blacksmithing, with Bryan Fritts. To sign up:
May 15-16- Strike While the Iron’s Hot, Intro to Blacksmithing, with Harley Akers. To sign up: