"Lighting the Fire"
Class runs: October 15-18
Material fee: $40
Skill level: Beginner and up
Come experience the ancient (and modern) craft of blacksmithing. In this four-day class we will be jumping in with both feet and exploring one of the most versatile and dynamic mediums around. We will be using coal fired forges, hammer and anvil to make a variety of objects that will stem from, and build upon, a handful of simple techniques. Safety, proper fire management, ergonomics, and hammer control will be stressed, with the goal of building skills and giving each student a strong platform from which to further explore the craft. Students should expect to leave with a few finished projects and a deeper understanding of ironwork as a whole.
Nicholas Downing has been forging iron in some capacity for over half of his life. He first tried blacksmithing in a middle school industrial arts class and he has been accumulating equipment and knowledge ever since. Nicholas Is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine where he studied Sculpture and Art History. He has attended classes at the Landis Valley Museum in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine, the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine, and the New England School of Metalwork. He works as a studio technician, jeweler and blacksmith and teaches and demonstrates in and around New England.