Classes

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Over the past few years, the classes offered at the GEP have been a huge success, with several hundred folks coming to learn some new skills, make some new friends, and have a fun time. It has been a positive experience for students and teachers alike.

Each of our artists are extremely skilled and are experienced at working with students of different proficiency levels, from first-timers to advanced students.

Each artist has a page on this site where you will find examples of their work.

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

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Class Schedule

Check back often for new offerings, call the office, or join our email list (below right) to get our latest news and class schedule. To register for a class, you must call the office. We do not have online registration at this time.

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.

Class Information

BEGINNER CLASSES

No experience necessary! Our short beginner classes give students an introduction into working with glass or metal, including use of basic tools, safety practices, and understanding the medium.

Beginner glass classes focus on solid shapes (paperweights) and simple vessels like bud vases.

Beginner metal classes center on making hooks, butter knives, and other small projects that teach multiple skills.

INTERMEDIATE &
ADVANCED CLASSES

If you’re serious about learning more about glass or metal work, then sign-up for an intermediate or advanced-level class. These classes are organized whenever enough participants show interest and an instructor is available.

Intermediate glass classes focus on forming blown vessels (bowls, goblets, platters, vases), adding handles and feet to pieces, form control, color application, and finishing techniques.

Advanced glass classes are offered for established glass artists who are looking to expand their skills. Advanced  classes may explore creating/using glass cane and murini, changing axis, reticello, incalmo, and other complicated techniques.

Advanced metal classes are flexible based on students’ needs, and may focus on creating arms and armor, custom home decorations (candleabras, curtain rods, door latches), 3-D repose, sculptural pieces, and more.

GENERAL CLASS INFORMATION
• The process time will vary per class.
• Space is limited so pre-registration is strongly suggested.
• Glass artwork is available for pickup 48 hours after class.

WHAT TO BRING
• Cold drinks
• Snacks (for longer classes)
• Lots of imagination!
• Unless otherwise mentioned, all materials and tools for the classes are provided.

WHAT TO WEAR
• Dress in cotton clothing (no polyester, spandex or other synthetics).
• Wear closed-toed shoes; no sandals of any kind are allowed in the studio.
• Wear long pants; shorts and skirts are not allowed in the studio.

POLICIES
Payment
We accept Visa, MasterCard, check or cash. Payment in full is due upon registration.

Cancellation Policy
The GEP has the right to cancel any class for any reason. In some cases, classes are cancelled due to low enrollment. In the event that a class is canceled, you will be notified by phone or email and your tuition fees will be credited or refunded in full.

Withdrawal Policy
Students who withdraw from a class with 7 days notice will receive credit or a full refund. No portion of tuition will be refunded or transferred if a withdrawal is made less than 7 days before the start of the class. There are no exceptions.

Transfer Policy
Students must adhere to the Withdrawal Policy. Any refund or credit due after withdrawal can be applied to enrollment in a different class.

Missed Classes Policy
There are no refunds, transfers, make-ups, or deferments for missed classes.