Category: – Blacksmithing / Metalworking

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Little Boxes

Peters Valley School of Craft

The design and construction of a container enables careful thought in planning the design concept as well as meticulous attention to measurements. The piece can be just about any shape and for any use: perfume bottle, pill box, etc.

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Keep Your Pants On: The Art of the Belt Buckle

Peters Valley School of Craft

Experiment with found objects and pre-fabricated components to knock out a custom buckle quickly, or make every detail from scratch for the ultimate one-of-a-kind creation.

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Traditional Turkish Coppersmithing

Peters Valley School of Craft

Using small chisels and a lightweight hammer, participants will learn how to carve deep lines into copper to create designs. Participants will learn about traditional patterns as well as having the opportunity to fashion their own.

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Introduction to the Forged Blade

Peters Valley School of Craft

Learn the basics of forging, grinding, heat treating, and the sharpening of a small utility knife. The instructor will discuss fit and finish, overall knife design, how to sharpen and care for knives, and how to begin making knives on your own.

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Arrowheads & Spears

Peters Valley School of Craft

Participants will begin by making a few types of arrow heads using assorted forging techniques and then take it to the next level and move up to larger material to forge the spear!

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Pattern Welded Steel for Blades & Otherwise

Peters Valley School of Craft

This course will provide a general overview of pattern development history and practice from beginning through advanced. In it, we will cover the re-purposing of materials for billets as well as processing of commonly used contemporary raw materials.

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Forging Hollow Forms

Peters Valley School of Craft

All components of the process will be demonstrated including sculpture design and template making, pattern layout, fit up and construction. MIG and oxy acetylene welding will be utilized along with slip roller forming and brake work.

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Fantastic Forms and How to Forge Them

Peters Valley School of Craft

Explore how to carve, fuller and split steel. Working hot exploits the malleability of steel and its ability to take deep impressions.

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Glenn Gilmore

Forging for the Home & Hearth

Peters Valley School of Craft

We will cover how to start blacksmithing, fire control, forging skills, tools, safety, and studio practices. Some of the techniques taught include hammer control, toolmaking, drawing out, riveting, upsetting, slitting and drifting.

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Brad Nichols

Caricatures in Steel

Peters Valley School of Craft

This workshop will investigate forging and fabrication processes while thinking beyond traditional blacksmithing forms such as architectural gates, railings, furniture, and other utilitarian objects.

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Forging FUNdamentals

Peters Valley School of Craft

Whether sculptural or functional, the basics of steel shaping are the key to making a beautiful object. In this workshop you will learn the foundation of the forging process with a heavy focus on developing an eye for a clean line.

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The Trade

Peters Valley School of Craft

Participants will work as a team with an experienced designer/blacksmith to produce a site-specific functional and decorative iron project (i.e. railing, small gate/grill) to be installed on the Peters Valley campus.

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Beyond the Basics of Blacksmithing

Peters Valley School of Craft

Come further develop your technical repertoire of skill and blacksmithing techniques. This course will cover tool-making techniques and basic heat-treating of tool steels, as well as some traditional joinery techniques.

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Bloomery Smelting

Peters Valley School of Craft

Bloomery smelting is the pre-industrial method of winning iron from its ore. We’ll discuss charcoal-making, ore preparation, and the theory of the process. Then we’ll build our furnaces, smelt the ore to a metallic “bloom”, and then forge that iron.

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Basic Blacksmithing Techniques for a Sculptural Practice

Peters Valley School of Craft

Learn fundamental blacksmithing techniques including tending a coal fire, tapering, spreading, upsetting, bending, punching, riveting, and forge welding.

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Laminated Japanese Steel Techniques

Peters Valley School of Craft

This class will focus on the elements used by Japanese bladesmiths for making laminated steel and iron composites used traditionally for chisels, plane blades, knives, axes and other tools requiring a tough body, but hard razor sharp edge.

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Organic Blacksmithing

Peters Valley School of Craft

Come learn blacksmithing including fire and hammer control while focusing on shaping organic forms such as flowers and leaves in assorted metals.

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Basic Blacksmithing

Peters Valley School of Craft

Learn the basic techniques used to forge metal with a hammer and anvil while making a few small projects. Topics covered will include; coal forge maintenance, hammering techniques, use of tongs, anvils, vises.

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Basic Blacksmithing

Peters Valley School of Craft

Learn the basics of forging and manipulating steel using a coal forge, while gaining a working skill set and understanding in the use of blacksmithing tools and techniques.

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