Blacksmithing samplers are an excellent way to get a good taste of forging! Learn to create a handy piece of functional yard art out of metal by hot forging. The class will go over the basic operations of creating a long taper and scrolling it on the ends of 2 pieces. Once the student has worked all the ends of the torch holder they will layout the overlap. Our experienced instructors will use a combination of lecture, demonstration and hands-on instruction at the forge to enhance your learning experience.
Please note: This class is for ages 16+. Blacksmithing classes are very interactive and involve significant physical activity and intense heat. Please make sure to wear close-toed sneakers or boots, jeans and a cotton t-shirt. Please don't wear flip-flops, open toed shoes or highly flammable clothing. If you any have concerns with your vision, hearing, hand dexterity or mental health please contact Arc + Flame Center at 585-349-7110 before signing up for this class. We want to ensure the best possible class experience for all of our students!
This class will take place at Arc + Flame Center, located at 125 Fedex Way, Rochester NY.
About the teacher:
Jon Kelley is one of our blacksmith instructors here at the Arc + Flame Center. His journey as a blacksmith began here in 2015 when he took his first class. He knew right away it was a place he wanted to be apart of. Jon immediately joined the New York Designer Blacksmiths where he currently sits as forgemaster for the Genesee region. He continues to learn from our guest instructor, traveling to other schools and by participating in club meetings. Jon believes he learns most from the opportunity he has to instruct others. Outside of instructing Jon is a historical interpreter of blacksmithing at the Genesee Country Village. His interests include the history of metallurgy, the properties of steel and how they apply to tools, and the creation of objects for his home.
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