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Blacksmithing Apprenticeship

Year Round Mentoring

Limited space.

Apprentice in the craft and folklore of blacksmithing 1-weekend a month for 9-months. Train with our Artisans Guild and learn to blacksmith at the Trackers forge by fire, hammer and anvil. In this year-round program we forge tapers, split, twist and punch hot metal to make aesthetic and useful items.

Need an after school option? Consider Blacksmithing Shop: After School

The Artisans Guild

As a Blacksmithing Apprentice you join our Artisans Guild. Our best educators and returning students guide Apprentices as they learn as a team.

Apprenticeship

Apprentices work together as part of a powerful learning team. They connect with like-minded peers while building authentic skills and sharing a deep relationship with nature. This is not just a club, this can be a life-long path of study in traditional crafts.

How it works

Mentoring Weekends Apprentices attend one monthly training day from September to May. They get hands-on experience with expert mentors crafting tools and art. See below for class schedule.

Skills Evenings & Open Archery Range There are also learning opportunities every week. Apprentices and their family get free admission to our Skills Evenings (every Thursday) and our Open Archery Range (every Thursday, Friday, Saturday). For Open Forges, apprentices get a reduced rate in material fees.

Blacksmithing Apprenticeship In this program, you learn the basics of blacksmithing. You forge, split, twist and punch hot metal to make art and tools. 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.

Bladesmith Apprenticeship Arrowheads, Knives & Axes! Forge your own by fire & hammer. Move & fold metal on the anvil. Immerse yourself in the craft of bladesmithing 1- weekend a month. Apprentice with our expert mentors. Learn shop safety and the craft of metal bending.

No Prior Blacksmithing Experience Required

Our Blacksmithing & Bladesmith Apprenticeships works best with varying levels of experience. Similar to a martial arts dojo, more advanced students are occasionally charged to help teach a skill to beginning students. With oversight from a guild mentor, this proven method helps creates a true learning community.

Commitment and Service

Becoming a skilled Artisan is lifetime pursuit and a rite of passage. Many students have come back for multiple years of study and membership in the Blacksmithing Guild through camps, classes and the Blacksmithing Apprenticeship. Personal mentorship insures all levels of learners are welcome and benefit from this diversity.


Time

September - May
This program runs September to May with optional family events.
9 Forge Days
One Saturday or Sunday every month, 9am-4:30pm. See below for class schedule.

Attend Skills Evenings (Thursday) or Open Archery Range (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) anytime. The option of over 200 more hours of program time for the entire family. 

For Open Forge, apprentices get a reduced rate in material fees.


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Artisans Guild

The Artisans’ Guild act as ringmasters in an invisible circus, one that opens our eyes to noble possibilities. They are the storykeepers; travelers bare-of-foot, walking and sleeping under the twilight sky.

They recall a timeless grief and praise from the very stars above. They ask one and all: please, always... Remember Our Story.

Tuition for Blacksmithing Apprenticeship

Monthly Payment Plan $50 deposit, then ten monthly payments of $94.50 (total $995)
Full Payment $995, reserve your place with a $50 deposit. 

Tuition for Bladesmith Apprenticeship

Monthly Payment Plan $50 deposit, then ten monthly payments of $144.50 (total $1495)
Full Payment $1495, reserve your place with a $50 deposit. 

Discounts
Family Discount
A 10% discount is available for siblings registering together.
Returning Apprentice
Returning Apprentices get a tuition discount based on year of attendance.
Discounts cannot be combined. Contact Us to learn more.

Scholarships

We offer limited scholarship awards for those families who may need financial assistance in attending the apprenticeship program. For more information Contact Us.

Location

All programs occur at Trackers Earth Portland - 4617 SE Milwaukie Avenue, Portland, Oregon.

This program comes with...

  • Skill building weekends once a month - monthly weekend days
  • Mentoring with expert instructors at Trackers
  • Skills Evenings, free every Thursday 

    For Open Forges, apprentices get a reduced rate in material fees.

  • Open Archery Range, free every Thursday, Friday or Saturday

Class Schedule

When signing up for Blacksmithing Apprenticeship be sure your child can make most of the weekends. Apprenticeships average one weekend a month. Choose the weekends (A or B) that best fits your schedule*:

*Do to group size limits we do not allow switching between schedules

Grade 5-12 Blacksmithing Apprenticeship: 

Schedule A

September 9, 2017
Field Day
October 7, 2017
Field Day
November 4, 2017
Field Day
December 9, 2017
Optional Holiday Party
January 13, 2018
Field Day
February 3, 2018
Field Day
March 3, 2018
Field Day
April 7, 2018
Field Day
May 5, 2018
Field Day
June 2, 2018
Graduation Celebration

Grade 9-12 Bladesmith Apprenticeship

September 17, 2017
Field Day
October 22, 2017
Field Day
November 12, 2017
Field Day
December 9, 2017
Optional Holiday Party
January 21, 2018
Field Day
February 11, 2018
Field Day
March 11, 2018
Field Day
April 22, 2018
Field Day
May 20, 2018
Field Day
June 2, 2018
Graduation Celebration

Grade 5-12 Blacksmithing Apprenticeship: 

Schedule B

September 16, 2017
Field Day
October 21, 2017
Field Day
November 11, 2017
Field Day
December 9, 2017
Optional Holiday Party
January 20, 2018
Field Day
February 10, 2018
Field Day
March 10, 2018
Field Day
April 21, 2018
Field Day
May 19, 2018
Field Day
June 2, 2017
Graduation Celebration