Strike While the Iron’s Hot, Intro to Blacksmithing

with Harley Akers


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Saturday and Sunday

August 21 - 22, 2021

9 am - 5 pm

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Materials Fee (Paid at the Beginning of Class)

$30, Payable to the Center

12 Seat(s) Still Available
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Class Description

"This workshop begins with an introduction to the instructor, a review of the safety guidelines, and an overview of the tools used for various blacksmithing techniques. The instructor will demonstrate proper stance and hammering form. Students will learn how to start and maintain their forge fires safely. Once the forges are blazing and steady, the class will be introduced to the fundamental smithing techniques of tapering, drawing out, and twisting, and will practice these with the guidance of the instructor.

Day two begins with a quick review of the safety precautions. Students can continue their work from day one, to hone and perfect their skills. After lunch, the instructor will demonstrate even more blacksmithing techniques, so that by the end of the workshop, students will know how to taper, draw out, twist, punch holes, split, upset, bend, and forge weld; everything needed for an excited beginner to become acquainted with the art of blacksmithing.

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Materials List

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Minimum Age

18 and Older, or with Special Permission from the Center and Instructor

About the Instructor

Along with completed blacksmithing courses taught by Instructor John Riddle, Harley Akers has years of applied, self-taught learning. He bring enthusiam and love for the trade into every class. His work will soon be available on etsy, Facebook, and other platforms.

Class Registration and Cancellation Policy

Advance Registration Required.

Registration: Class registrations are confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cancellation/Refund: The Floyd Center for the Arts will conduct classes for which an adequate number of students are registered. Class status is determined 1 week before the first date of the class, unless otherwise noted. Acceptance of payment does not guarantee that a class will run. If the Center must cancel a scheduled class, students who registered for such classes will be given the opportunity to transfer their payments to another course or receive a full refund of their tuition payment.

Student Withdrawals: Students withdrawing from a class before the cancellation period has ended, (one week prior to the start of class, unless otherwise noted) can receive a full refund or may transfer their payments to another class of their choice. Students who withdraw after the cancellation period has closed or after class has started, will not receive a refund.