Monday, October 3rd | 6:30pm-10:00pm | Blacksmithing Sampler: Tapered Bottle Opener

Learn to create a metal bottle opener using the hot forging method. The class (held at Rochester Arc + Flame Center) will review the basic operations of creating a long taper by scrolling it and testing it. Once the bottle opener is finished, the student will complete the other end with a twist and/or a decorative finial as time permits. Because the class is designed to let students experience what it's like to work with hot steel, students will learn the basic operations of forging through a combination of lecture, demonstration and hands-on instruction with an anvil, hammer and tooling to give the bottle opener shape. A particular focus will be on the fundamentals of hammer control so students can get the steel to respond.

Please note: No experience required. This is an interactive class that involves significant physical activity and heat. If this sounds like your idea of a great experience, we promise you an evening you'll remember for years to come! Please make sure to wear closed-toe sneakers or boots, jeans and a cotton t-shirt. Do not wear flip-flops, open-toe shoes or highly flammable clothing. To ensure the best possible class experience for all students, please contact Rochester Arc + Flame Center prior to class if you have any concerns with your vision, hearing, hand dexterity or mental health.


This class is appropriate for ages 18+.

This class will take place at Rochester Arc + Flame Center, located at 125 Fedex Way, Rochester NY.

If you would like to request a sign language interpreter or will be attending class with an aide, please fill out our contact form. Please also let us know if you have any preferences (seating, vision access, etc).

About Rochester Arc + Flame Center:
Rochester Arc + Flame Center (RocAFC) is an 11,000 square-foot training facility designed specifically for welding, glass working and blacksmithing. The mission of RocAFC is to foster exciting and innovative classes for people of all skill levels. Rochester Arc + Flame Center is the only training facility in upstate New York to offer professional and recreational classes in welding, glass working and blacksmithing. Since 2012, over 12,000 students have taken classes at Rochester Arc + Flame Center.

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