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Backyard Blacksmithing: A Beginner's Course

Join us for a course in Backyard Blacksmithing, where we will explore the treasured art of bashing metal into the form that we want. In this 2 week course, we will develop the muscle, knowledge, and blisters required for this exciting task. We will accomplish this by the age-old technique of hands-on learning, while we create projects such as an s-hook, a flint and steel striker, and a leather awl.

This course is designed to teach the basics of blacksmithing: squaring stock, drawing out, curling, bending, twisting, rounding stock, flattening, quenching, and tempering. Participants will leave with their finished creations, as well as the knowledge for how to set up their own backyard "smithy". In the spirit of backyard blacksmithing, this course is geared more towards blacksmithing with a less traditional set-up--with the belief that blacksmithing can be for everyone--even if you don't own a 300 lb. anvil and matching forge!

Instructor Ryan "Drover" Hall's passions in life are teaching, being outdoors, and making things; if he can do these three things he's a happy man. He believes in a life full of adventure, with survival walkabouts in the deserts, going on bicycle trips (like from California to Florida), exploring majestic canyons, and gliding through untouched snow in the backcountry. He follows the old mantra of "the more you know the less you need". Thus he's a man of many skills from the modern age all the way back to ancient times. He welds, develops websites, takes photographs, does graphic design and video editing. He also tans hides, carves wood & stone, makes kayaks from raw materials, builds with timbers, plays with clay, makes herbal medicine, and is a blacksmith.

No experience necessary, please bring a sack lunch, all other materials provided. For participants ages 12 and older, minimum of 3 participants, maximum of 5. Pre-registration is required.

*Please note: This is a workshop with a very low participant to instructor ratio, in order to facilitate the hands-on learning needed for acquiring blacksmithing skills.


This is a 2 week course, taking place on Saturday, July 26th from 10am-2:30pm and Saturday, August 2nd from 10am-2:30pm. Cost: $205 (includes all materials and supplies)

Please Note: We thank you for your RSVP on Meetup, however we will not be able to save your spot in this workshop unless you complete your registration by visiting: http://www.livingartsschool.com/register/?ee=26 or calling[masked]-4406. Thank you for your understanding!

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