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.

WarHammer Class with Brock Martin
Date(s): May 26, 2018 - May 27, 2018
When: 9 am - 5 pm each day
Where: Blacksmith Studio

$400 (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, we will be forging a WarHammer from a block of hardenable steel. Students will work together as well with instructors to complete their hammer; designing each face of the hammer and deciding on handle length. Expect to learn about metallurgy, misconceptions associated with the art, and how to develop proper technique. After heat treating, tempering, and assembling our hammers, we will test them on a series of unfortunate objects, time permitting. No experience is necessary.
 
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 09, 2018 - Jun 10, 2018
When: 9 am - 5 pm each day
Where: Blacksmith Studio

$380 (materials included) due at registration. 16-hour class. Space is limited to 6 students with a minimum requirement of 3. 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: 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), 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.

Beginning Bladesmithing with Brock Martin
Date(s): Jun 23, 2018 - Jun 24, 2018
When: 9 am - 3 pm each day
Where: Blacksmith Studio

$300 (materials included) due at registration. 12-hour class. Space is limited to 6 students with a minimum requirement of 3. 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 class is designed for students with no prior experience in blacksmithing. 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 steel. We will cover metallurgy, grain properties, annealing, heat treating of knives, and use differential hardening to temper our blades. The focus of this course is to learn and refine good technique in blacksmithing.

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

Making a Gothic Gauntlet with Brock Martin
Date(s): Jul 07, 2018 - Jul 08, 2018
When: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, each day
Where: Blacksmith Studio

$390 (materials included) due at registration. 14-hour class. Space is limited to 6 students with a minimum requirement of 3. Pre-registration required. Instructor: Brock Martin of WarFire Forge.

Students will learn various techniques involved in constructing armor. Basic shaping, tools involved, leatherwork, riveting, assembly, etc will be demonstrated and practiced. We will be focusing on a German aesthetic, covering fluting techniques in order to raise line detail in the steel. Basic tools necessary for armor work will be provided and discussed for those interested in pursuing the craft beyond the course. Students will produce a complete gauntlet, wearable to their person with custom accents as they prefer.

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

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

Making a Viking Spear with Brock Martin
Date(s): Jul 21, 2018 - Jul 22, 2018
When: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, each day
Where: Blacksmith Studio

$380 (materials included) due at registration. 14-hour class. Space is limited to 6 students with a minimum requirement of 3. Pre-registration required. Instructor: Brock Martin of WarFire Forge.

Students will design and forge a high carbon spear. Students will learn metallurgy behind producing a quality tool/weapon.  No prior experience required. Topics covered will include: heat treating and tempering, temperature control vs hammer control, posture, limitations of workability, filing, sanding, sharpening, forging the socket, 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, functional weapon.

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

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

Armor Construction: Gothic German Helm (Sallet) Class
Date(s): Aug 04, 2018 - Aug 05, 2018
When: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, each day
Where: Blacksmith Studio

$390 (materials included) due at registration. 14-hour class. Space is limited to 6 students with a minimum requirement of 3. Pre-registration is required. Instructor: Brock Martin from WarFire Forge.

Students will learn various techniques involved in constructing armor, including: sinking vs raising, planishing, articulation, riveting, leather work, fluting, and more. We will cover various hammers and how to properly dress their surfaces for various tasks. We will also discuss tools for armoring and where to find or how to make them. Students will shape, fit, and assemble all of their parts with an articulating visor and leather suspension installed inside the helmet. Students can expect to produce a historical quality German Sallet. No prior experience required.

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

Students must wear closed toe shoes (preferably leather), long pants and cotton clothing, and should bring a lunch.
Bladesmithing: Forging a Seax Knife with Brock Martin
Date(s): Aug 18, 2018 - Aug 19, 2018
When: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, each day
Where: Blacksmith Studio

$380 (materials included) due at registration. 14-hour class. Space is limited to 6 students with a minimum requirement of 3. Pre-registration required. Instructor: Brock Martin of WarFire Forge.

In this course, we will be focusing on the iconic Seax knife aesthetic. Students will design their blade on paper and choose their handle material from an array of options. We will cover proper technique in shaping steel as well as how to overcome obstacles that can be encountered while forging blades. Proper control and technique will be reinforced throughout the course as we discuss the properties and approach to making any quality tool. We will cover metallurgy and heat treating processes for various steels. Students will walk away from the course with a high carbon, functional blade. No prior experience required.

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

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.