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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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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.

Bladesmithing: Forging a Kukri with Brock Martin
Date(s): Jul 01, 2017 - Jul 02, 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 is required. Instructor is 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.

Students will forge a high carbon Kukri along with fittings while learning the metallurgy behind producing a quality tool/weapon. No prior experience required. Topics covered will include: forging vs stock removal, heat treating and tempering, temperature control vs hammer control, posture, limitations of workability, filing, sanding, sharpening, handle construction, 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) blade.

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

Intermediate Bladesmithing with Brock Martin
Date(s): Jul 15, 2017 - Jul 16, 2017
When: 9 am - 4 pm each day
Where: Blacksmith Studio

$265 (materials included) due at registration. 14-hour class. Space is limited to 6 students with a minimum requirement 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 forge a high carbon blade(s) with more of a focus on fit and finish. More time will be spent on handle construction as well as forging the blade more cleanly. We will cover metallurgy: grain properties, annealing, heat treating of knives, and use differential hardening to temper our blades. Time permitting, we’ll cover leatherwork and make a sheath for our blade.
 
Students must wear closed toe shoes (preferably leather), long pants and cotton clothing, and should bring a lunch.
Armor Construction: Spaulders Class
Date(s): Aug 05, 2017 - Aug 06, 2017
When: 9 am - 4 pm each day
Where: Blacksmith Studio

$265 (materials included) due at registration. 14-hour class. Space is limited to 6 students, with a minimum of 4. Pre-registration is required.

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

Students will learn dishing vs. raising techniques as they are introduced to the fundamental shaping of armor. Fluting and planishing will be explained as well. Basic tools necessary for armor work will be provided and discussed for those interested in pursuing the craft beyond the course. Leather work, riveting, and various accents will be shown and practiced. Students will produce a complete pair of spaulders, wearable to their person. No prior experience required.

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

War-Hammer Making with Brock Martin
Date(s): Aug 12, 2017 - Aug 13, 2017
When: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm each day
Where: Blacksmith Studio

$315 (materials included) due at registration. 16-hour class. Space is limited to 6 students with a minimum requirement of 3. 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 be working out a war-hammer from a block of hardenable steel. Students will work together as well as with instructors to complete their hammer. Expect to learn about metallurgy, misconceptions associated with the art, and how to develop proper technique. After heat treating, tempering, and assembling their hammers, students will test them on a series of unfortunate objects. No experience is necessary.
 
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.