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The Blacksmith's Workshop - Blacksmithing Classes

Blacksmithing Classes in Portland, Oregon

Learn the ancient art of working hot metal on the anvil! We taper, split, twist and punch steel to create art, jewelry, and functional tools. Come have fun and try your hand at the time-honored craft of blacksmithing. Learn all you need to begin manipulating and moving iron in true Maker fashion.

The Workshop

Blacksmithing classes work as a lab, fostering individual attention to each participant. We offer several course levels: Basics and Specialty. Blacksmithing Basics is a prerequisite for our specialty blacksmithing classes. —contact us for more information.

Available Courses

Blacksmithing Intensive 8-month program, 1 weekend a month
Prerequisite: none - Immerse yourself in the craft and folklore of blacksmithing 1-weekend a month. Apprentice by the forge with our expert mentors. Learn shop safety and the craft of bending metal with fire, hammer and anvil. Learn more

Blacksmithing Basics Single day (9 AM - 4 PM) or 4-evenings (6:30 PM - 8:30 PM) options.
Prerequisite: none - We train specific techniques of working metal: taper, drawing, scrolling, twisting, splitting and more. Projects begin with with the classic S-hook and move on from there. Proper hammer strokes, stance, forge etiquette, and safety are emphasized during all blacksmithing classes.

Bladesmith / Knife Making 2-day (9 AM - 4 PM each day)
Prerequisite: Blacksmithing Basics - This 2-day workshop guides you through the knife making process resulting in a knife worth carrying. We address blade forming, you forge yours while we also cover the stock removal method. From there, we move onto edging, tempering, forming a tang, and crafting a handle.

OPEN Forge Evenings (6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Thursdays)
Prerequisite: Blacksmithing Basics - Our OPEN Forge is available to prior students - Grade 5 to Adult on Thursdays. You use our blacksmithing workshop for your own projects.