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Blacksmithing Immersion
Anvil, Forge & Fire

A 1 weekend-a-month (Fall to Spring) immersion program!

Work hot metal with expert Trackers Blacksmiths & Guides! Taper, split, twist and punch steel to create art and functional tools. By anvil, forge and fire, learn the time-honored art craft of blacksmithing.


Blacksmithing Immersion

Our classes are designed for students from beginner to advanced levels. Thanks to our small class sizes, instructors can provide individual attention to each student. Develop the following skills:

Tools & Shop Skills Learn to safely use a wide variety of blacksmith tools in our studio workshop. Develop responsibility and independence by caring for tools and keeping our shop tidy and organized.

Craftsmanship & Form Forge, split, twist, and punch hot metal to create art, crafts, and tools you can take home. Create edged tools such as knives and blades. Delve into physical and material sciences like metallurgy, thermodynamics, and more!

Art & Design Study design in three dimensions. Explore the basics of creating functional and expressive forms. Go beyond the basics to explore more complex forging techniques. Develop your personal style as an artisan.

Meet your Guide - Tim Smith

Tim Smith comes from the Land Between the Lakes region of Tennessee. Like many of our generation he discovered art through the dynamic and engaging medium of comic books and cartoons. He learned blacksmithing at the age of 14 from his grandfather, forging thousands of nails for shoeing horses on the farm and for the local community.

Tim learned metal fabrication working for a lighting company in Memphis, Tennessee. Then he spent 17 years working in, and learning architectural blacksmithing in Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Oregon. Part of his career as an architectural blacksmith included historical restoration at sites including New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and the Marquam House in Portland.

When it comes to teaching blacksmithing, Tim believes that hard work is the currency of creation and problem solving. Putting in the thought, effort, and time to do the job right leads to the creation of objects that perform their function well beyond the life of their creator. He believes in the power and the limits of steel, and is willing to show you what he has learned by his word and his example. It is up to you to apply what you see and hear, however you choose. Your success depends on you.

Tim’s favorite outdoor activity is getting from his house to the blacksmith shop, as well as watching the clouds curl around Mount Hood from the window of his shop.

Our Place

Our Studio Apprenticeships take place at our Trackers Art Studios where students can explore hands-on arts and crafts. Our locations feature ceramics, photography, woodworking, and blacksmithing studios.

Interested in practicing outside of class? Check out our weekly Open Forge hours here.

Choose Your Schedule & Time

9 Studios Days Choose your class:
Morning Class 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Afternoon Class 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Find the schedule that aligns with yours.
Due to group size limits, we cannot switch between schedules.
We offer make-up days for weather-related postponements.

Schedule Options



Afternoons 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

  • September 14, 2024 - Field Day
  • October 5, 2024 - Field Day
  • October 26, 2024 - Field Day
  • November 16, 2024 - Field Day
  • January 4, 2025 - Field Day
  • February 1, 2025 - Field Day
  • March 1, 2025 - Field Day
  • April 5, 2025 - Field Day
  • May 3, 2025 - Field Day



Mornings 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

  • September 22, 2024 - Field Day
  • October 13, 2024 - Field Day
  • November 3, 2024 - Field Day
  • December 8, 2024 - Field Day
  • January 12, 2025 - Field Day
  • February 9, 2025 - Field Day
  • March 9, 2025 - Field Day
  • April 13, 2025 - Field Day
  • May 18, 2025 - Field Day