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Here are samples from three of our classes: Basic Knifemaking, Chainmaille Coif Construction and Glass Paperweights.

 

 

Events & Classes

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Beginning Bladesmithing with Brock Martin
Date(s): May 20, 2017 - May 21, 2017
When: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm each day
Where: Blacksmith Studio

$225 (materials included) due at registration. 12-hour class. Space is limited to 6 students with a minimum requirement of 4. Pre-registration required. Instructor: Brock Martin of WarFire Forge.

Are you a Jackson County resident? If so, tell us at registration and receive a 10% discount on your class.

Participants will begin by making a simple butter knife from mild steel in order to learn the processes involved in shaping a knife. Students will then progress to making a blade from a higher-carbon railroad spike or spring steel. We will cover grain properties, annealing, heat treating of knives, and use differential hardening to temper our blades. No prior experience required.

Students must wear closed toe shoes (preferably leather), long pants, and cotton clothing, and should bring a lunch.

Blacksmithing Fundamentals with Brock Martin
Date(s): May 27, 2017 - May 28, 2017
When: 9 am - 2 pm each day
Where: Blacksmith Studio

$185 (materials included) due at registration. 10-hour class. Space is limited to 6 students, with a minimum of 4. Pre-registration is required. Instructor: Brock Martin of WarFire Forge.

Are you a Jackson County resident? If so, tell us at registration and receive a 10% discount on your class.

This course is designed to introduce students to the art of blacksmithing. Fundamental techniques will be covered: general shaping/squaring/drawing out, scrolling, twisting, planishing, the relationship between heat and force of striking, etc. Students will make simple decorative pieces (such as wall hooks) while incorporating these techniques in a progressive manner. After the first project is complete, students can choose their next project from various examples provided, reapplying those techniques. Expect to learn about metallurgy, misconceptions associated with the art, and how to develop proper technique.

Students must wear closed toe shoes (preferably leather), long pants and cotton clothing, and should bring a lunch.

Viking Axe Making with Brock Martin
Date(s): Jun 10, 2017 - Jun 11, 2017
When: 9 am - 5 pm each day
Where: Blacksmith Studio

$285 (materials included) due at registration. 16-hour class. Space is limited to 6 students with a minimum requirement of 4. Pre-registration required. Instructor: Brock Martin of WarFire Forge.

Are you a Jackson County resident? If so, tell us at registration and receive a 10% discount on your class.

This course is designed to introduce students to axe making using hand tools while learning the metallurgy behind producing a quality tool/weapon. No prior experience required. Topics covered will include: benefits of forging vs. stock removal, heat treating and tempering, temperature control vs. hammer control, posture, limitations of workability, filing, sanding, sharpening, and more. We will discuss misconceptions associated with the art and how to fortify proper technique. Students will walk away with a high carbon (high quality), small bearded axe akin to those used popularly by Vikings.

Students must wear closed toe shoes (preferably leather), long pants, and cotton clothing, and should bring a lunch.

Viking Round Shield with Brock Martin
Date(s): Jun 17, 2017 - Jun 18, 2017
When: 9 am - 4 pm each day
Where: Blacksmith Studio

$285 (materials included) due at registration. 14-hour class. Space is limited to 6 students, with a minimum of 4. Pre-registration is required. Instructor: Brock Martin from WarFire Forge.

Are you a Jackson County resident? If so, tell us at registration and receive a 10% discount on your class.

In this course, students will focus on forging a shield boss (raised center) and assembly/construction methods of creating a Viking round shield. Students will have a few different options on how their shield is assembled and finished. Riveting, some leather work and use of a draw knife will also be covered. Students will be able to choose between different sizes, ranging from 26" to 34" in diameter. No prior experience required.

Students must wear closed toe shoes (preferably leather), long pants, and cotton clothing, and should bring a lunch.

Our Biggest event is
for the entire family

Youth Arts Festival

Third Saturday in September
9 am – 3 pm

An annual event for the community's children. There's a lot more info here.