Forged and Functional Fireplace Tools


Matthew Garton

Class runs: June 3-7

Tuition: $600

Material fee: $50

Skill level: Seasoned beginner and up with a little forge welding skill



Design and Make a Three Piece Companion Set and Stand

In this class students will learn advanced methods of forge welding in the construction of a traditionally made companion set. Students will have the opportunity to add their own design elements to create one-of-a-kind pieces of forge work for their own home.

Students with leave the class with a finished, three-piece forged companion set and stand, as well as a clear understanding of the forge welding process and other traditional joinery techniques required for constructing larger pieces.  

The class will involve demonstrations of various decorative effects that will be included in the production of each companion set.  Students will not be limited to the effects demonstrated and are free to experiment and use the techniques shown to create personalized pieces.

Basic knowledge of working a coal forge and forge welding will be required for this class.




With over 12 years of experience in forged metal work and blacksmithing, Matthew leads the forging efforts at the RTID shop.  Matthew graduated from Hereford College of Arts in Hereford, England with a B.A. Honors in Artist Blacksmithing.  His natural talent and dedication to the craft allowed Matt the opportunity to apprentice in one of the World's oldest functioning blacksmith shops in England, where he further refined his skillset and technique. His love for forging metal and desire to study with master smiths has taken Matt all over the world.


Matt specializes in traditional blacksmithing and has a vast knowledge of forged iron restoration, developed during his time working with the Top and Co. team, the world market leader in ironwork restoration. He has studied and forged in Canada, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, and coast to coast throughout the United States.  Matt has lead multiple demonstrations in Europe and the U.S., and his forging talents can be seen on movie sets such as Beauty and the Beast, The Huntsman, and Star Wars.


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